Skip to main content

Song & Lyrics Database

All Songs | Cover Songs | Not Released | Songs Played the Most

Makin’ Music For Money
Written by: Alex Harvey
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: A1A (1974)
Additional Discography:
Nod to the Storyteller (2008)

When I woke up this morning
I was tired as I could be
I think I was counting my money
When I should have been counting sheep

My agent he just called me
and told me what I should be
If I would make my music for money
Instead of making music for me

I said I know that this may sound funny
But money don't mean nothin' to me
I won't make my music for money, no
I'm gonna make my music for me

He said that people only buy the love songs.
Rock and roll is not too long
He said son you got to be commercial
If you want to turn the people on.

And I said turning on the people
Now that's a beautiful place to be
But if I spend my time makin' memorable rhyme
Well who's gonna turn on me?


Well now, I went up the country
And I'll tell you all about the scene
I found a place with much charm and much grace
That was untouched by the music machine
Well the people where havin' a good time
Makin' music all day long
And nobody cared if they ever got paid
One penny for playin' a song

Shows Played At:
09-23-2017: La Cigale – Paris,
09-22-2017: La Cigale – Paris,
04-21-2012: Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
04-19-2012: GEXA Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
03-30-2012: 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
11-04-2011: Margaritaville Street Festival – Key West, FL
05-24-2011: Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
05-05-2011: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
09-26-2009: La Cigale – Paris,
02-28-2009: Waikiki Beach Shell – Honolulu, HI
02-24-2009: Maui Arts & Cultural Ctr – Maui, HI
11-08-2008: Mohegan Sun Margaritaville – Uncasville, CT
10-25-2008: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
10-21-2008: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
10-18-2008: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
10-16-2008: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
09-20-2008: New Morning Jazz Club – Paris,
09-19-2008: New Morning Jazz Club – Paris,
09-04-2008: Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
09-01-2008: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-30-2008: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-27-2008: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
08-24-2008: Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, NJ
08-03-2008: Fort Adams State Park – Newport, RI
07-29-2008: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
07-26-2008: Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL
07-24-2008: Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL
07-22-2008: Post Gazette Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
07-19-2008: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
07-17-2008: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
06-14-2008: Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA
06-12-2008: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
06-10-2008: DTE Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
06-07-2008: Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
06-05-2008: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
05-03-2008: New Orleans Jazz Festival – New Orleans, LA
05-01-2008: Margaritaville Cafe – New Orleans, LA
04-29-2008: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
04-26-2008: Pizza Hut Park – Frisco, TX
04-24-2008: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St Louis, MO
04-21-2008: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
08-25-1995: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-08-1995: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
08-07-1995: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
08-05-1995: Buckeye Lake – Columbus, OH
08-04-1995: Popular Creek Music Theatre – Hoffman Estates, IL
06-17-1995: Star Lake Amphitheatre – Burgettstown, PA
06-14-1995: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-13-1995: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-10-1995: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
06-09-1995: Deer Creek Music Center – Noblesville, IN
06-05-1995: Blockbuster Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
06-02-1995: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
05-31-1995: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
05-27-1995: The Woodlands – Houston, TX
08-02-1977: Central Park – New York, NY
07-24-1977: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-04-1977: Paramount Theatre – Portland, OR
10-23-1976: Lisner Auditorium – Washington, DC
07-18-1976: Carterbarron Amphitheatre – Washington, DC
12-08-1975: Constitution Hall – Washington, DC
01-02-1974: The Main Point – Philadelphia, PA
Number of Shows: 62