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Song Stories

Post by MrTwain »

I am interested to know if there's a personal story associated with the song "Jamaica Mistaika". Does anyone know the scoop behind that?

Other JB songs with apparent inside stories probably include:</ul><li>Desdemona's Building A Rocket Ship (Who was Desdemona?)</li>
<li>Lage Nom Ai (A fun song. There has to be a story there)</li>
<li>Atou Du Rojer (I know some of this story)</li>
<li>Diamond As Big As The Ritz</li>
<li>He Went to Paris</li>
<li>Remittance Man (I Know This Story, I think)</li>
<li>A Pirate Looks At Forty</li>
</ul>Do you know any other song stories from his lineup?

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Post by jbfinscj »

Mr Twain....you have some of the craziest posts. If you haven't read A Pirate Looks at Fifty, I would suggest starting there. I know most of the stories behind the songs, but it is a lot more fun discovering them on your own. It's kind of like a treasure hunt. :pirate:
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Re: Song Stories

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MrTwain wrote:I am interested to know if there's a personal story associated with the song "Jamaica Mistaika". Does anyone know the scoop behind that?

Other JB songs with apparent inside stories probably include:</ul><li>Desdemona's Building A Rocket Ship (Who was Desdemona?)</li>
<li>Lage Nom Ai (A fun song. There has to be a story there)</li>
<li>Atou Du Rojer (I know some of this story)</li>
<li>Diamond As Big As The Ritz</li>
<li>He Went to Paris</li>
<li>Remittance Man (I Know This Story, I think)</li>
<li>A Pirate Looks At Forty</li>
</ul>Do you know any other song stories from his lineup?
The song you might want to include in there is Semi-True stories. In which he refers to himself being under attack in his golf shoes. Which goes back to the story of his encounter with Buford Pusser, in which he was getting beaten up for walking on the guys car in his golf shoes.

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Sounds like good advice to me.

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I'll pick it up and start on it right away. Thanks.

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Post by SharkOnLand »

There's a short explanation of the Jamaica Mistaica 'incident' on the wikipedia page here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Buffett
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Post by phenwayparrothead »

This could take you a lot of reading, but to learn the story of:
Desdamona's building a rocket ship read Joe Merchant (Jimmy Buffett)
Remittance Man read Following the Equator (Mark Twain)
Jamaica Mistaica read Pirate looks at 50 (Jimmy Buffett)
Autour Du Rocher I believe might be in Pirate looks at 50, if not just search these boards, the story is on BN somewhere
Diamond as Big as the Ritz I believe there is actually a sotry with the same title, not sure by whom, and I haven't read it either, but I would assume it came from that as most songs from the Barometer Soup Album were written with Jimmy's favorite books used as inspiration.

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Post by Coconuts »

phenwayparrothead wrote:Diamond as Big as the Ritz I believe there is actually a sotry with the same title, not sure by whom, and I haven't read it either, but I would assume it came from that as most songs from the Barometer Soup Album were written with Jimmy's favorite books used as inspiration.
That story's in with the lyrics of the song in the CD jacket.
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Post by smacky »

phenwayparrothead wrote: Diamond as Big as the Ritz I believe there is actually a sotry with the same title, not sure by whom, and I haven't read it either, but I would assume it came from that as most songs from the Barometer Soup Album were written with Jimmy's favorite books used as inspiration.
It's a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The lyrics summarize the story. Guy discovers a diamond "as big as the Ritz" (hotel, so really, really big), builds a mansion in the mountains, and kidnaps visitors so they won't go home and tell the public about it. He ends up battling the army over it.

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Post by PA PAR8 HED »

A Pirate Looks at 40 is the story of Phil Clark, a favorite bartender at the Chartroom Bar in Key West. He was a pirate born 200 years too late. Many legendary stories told about Phil apparently.
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Re: Song Stories

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The Boy Nobody Knew wrote:The song you might want to include in there is Semi-True stories. In which he refers to himself being under attack in his golf shoes. Which goes back to the story of his encounter with Buford Pusser, in which he was getting beaten up for walking on the guys car in his golf shoes.
The really funny thing about that tune is that it was actually penned by Mac. In recent years he's really surpassed Bufffet in terms of his current writing and no one is probably more aware of that than Buffett himself.

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Post by rednekkPH »

Jahfin wrote:
The Boy Nobody Knew wrote:The song you might want to include in there is Semi-True stories. In which he refers to himself being under attack in his golf shoes. Which goes back to the story of his encounter with Buford Pusser, in which he was getting beaten up for walking on the guys car in his golf shoes.
The really funny thing about that tune is that it was actually penned by Mac. In recent years he's really surpassed Bufffet in terms of his current writing and no one is probably more aware of that than Buffett himself.
Yup. In recent years it seems Mac writes a better Jimmy Buffett song than Jimmy Buffett does.
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rednekkPH wrote:
Jahfin wrote:
The Boy Nobody Knew wrote:The song you might want to include in there is Semi-True stories. In which he refers to himself being under attack in his golf shoes. Which goes back to the story of his encounter with Buford Pusser, in which he was getting beaten up for walking on the guys car in his golf shoes.
The really funny thing about that tune is that it was actually penned by Mac. In recent years he's really surpassed Bufffet in terms of his current writing and no one is probably more aware of that than Buffett himself.
Yup. In recent years it seems Mac writes a better Jimmy Buffett song than Jimmy Buffett does.
And Mac is cute and hairy. 8)
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Re: Song Stories

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rednekkPH wrote:
Jahfin wrote:
The Boy Nobody Knew wrote:The song you might want to include in there is Semi-True stories. In which he refers to himself being under attack in his golf shoes. Which goes back to the story of his encounter with Buford Pusser, in which he was getting beaten up for walking on the guys car in his golf shoes.
The really funny thing about that tune is that it was actually penned by Mac. In recent years he's really surpassed Bufffet in terms of his current writing and no one is probably more aware of that than Buffett himself.
Yup. In recent years it seems Mac writes a better Jimmy Buffett song than Jimmy Buffett does.
Though they share a co-writing credit on it, "Coast of Carolina" is another fine example.

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Re: Song Stories

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buffettbride wrote:
rednekkPH wrote:
Jahfin wrote:
The Boy Nobody Knew wrote:The song you might want to include in there is Semi-True stories. In which he refers to himself being under attack in his golf shoes. Which goes back to the story of his encounter with Buford Pusser, in which he was getting beaten up for walking on the guys car in his golf shoes.
The really funny thing about that tune is that it was actually penned by Mac. In recent years he's really surpassed Bufffet in terms of his current writing and no one is probably more aware of that than Buffett himself.
Yup. In recent years it seems Mac writes a better Jimmy Buffett song than Jimmy Buffett does.
And Mac is cute and hairy. 8)
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In the City another one I enjoy Mac singing...Bubba does okay with it but the inspiration is captured by Mac
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Post by Coconuts »

You can't mention Mac and not It's My Job- that song always gives me goosebumps.

And they share songwriting credit on a lot of songs, new and old. I kind of wonder if Mac hasn't always written a better Buffett song than Buffett.
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Post by Jahfin »

Coconuts wrote:And they share songwriting credit on a lot of songs, new and old. I kind of wonder if Mac hasn't always written a better Buffett song than Buffett.
Personally I wouldn't go that far, particularly in regards to Buffett's 70s material.

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Post by MrTwain »

I kind of wonder if Mac hasn't always written a better Buffett song than Buffett.
I would definitely say no. Face it. Buffett's forte' is writing songs. Like many other great songwriters (Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Jeff Walker and others), Buffett's vocal ability is about average with other campfire guitar pickers (like myself). But his ability to write a song, then sing it how he wants his audience to hear it is genius. Mac will never have Buffett's wit, snap or his ability to work a crowd. That's what sets him apart, I think.

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Post by Quiet and Shy »

phenwayparrothead wrote:This could take you a lot of reading, but to learn the story of:
Desdamona's building a rocket ship read Joe Merchant (Jimmy Buffett)
Remittance Man read Following the Equator (Mark Twain)
Jamaica Mistaica read Pirate looks at 50 (Jimmy Buffett)
Autour Du Rocher I believe might be in Pirate looks at 50, if not just search these boards, the story is on BN somewhere
Diamond as Big as the Ritz I believe there is actually a sotry with the same title, not sure by whom, and I haven't read it either, but I would assume it came from that as most songs from the Barometer Soup Album were written with Jimmy's favorite books used as inspiration.
The cliff notes for the "Remittance Man" story is also available in the Barometer Soup liner notes. But Following the Equator is a great book. :D
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Post by rednekkPH »

MrTwain wrote: Mac will never have Buffett's wit, snap or his ability to work a crowd.
I won't dignify that with a response.
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Post by RinglingRingling »

PA PAR8 HED wrote:A Pirate Looks at 40 is the story of Phil Clark, a favorite bartender at the Chartroom Bar in Key West. He was a pirate born 200 years too late. Many legendary stories told about Phil apparently.
Not according to Moonie. She claimed vehemently that the song is about Jimmy...

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