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Life Is Just A Tire Swing
Written by: Jimmy Buffett
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: A1A (1974)

I remember the smell of the creosote plant,
When we’d have to eat on Easter with my
Crazy old uncle and aunt.
They lived in a big house Ante Bellum style,
And the wind would blow across the old bayou,
And I was a tranquil little child.

Life was just a tire swing.
‘Jambalaya’ was the only song I could sing.
Blackberry pickin’, eatin’ fried chicken,
And I never knew a thing about pain.
Life was just a tire swing.

In a few summers my folks packed me off to camp;
Yeah, me and my cousin’ Baxter
In our pup tent with a lamp.
And in a few days Baxter went home,
And he left me by myself.
And I knew that I’d stay, it was better that way,
And I could get along without any help.
Life was just a tire swing.

And I’ve never been west of New Orleans
Nor east of Pensacola.
My only contact with the outside
world was a n RCA Victrola.
Elvis would sing and then I’d dream about
expensive cars, and who would’ve figured twenty
years later I’d be rubbing shoulders with the stars.
Life was just a tire swing.

‘Jambalaya’ was the only song I could sing.
Chasin’ after sparrows with rubber tip arrows,
Knowin’ I could never hurt a thing,
And life was just a tire swing.

Then the other morning on some Illinois road
I fell asleep at the wheel,
But was quickly wakened up by a ‘Ma Bell’
telephone pole, and a bunch of Grant Wood
Faces screaming, ‘Is he still alive?’
But through the window could see
it hangin’ from a tree, and I knew
I had survived.

Life was just a tire swing.
Jambalaya’s still the best song that I can sing.
Blackberry pickin’, eatin’ fried chicken,
And I finally learned a lot about pain,
’cause life is just a tire swing.

Shows Played At:
07-20-2019: Alpine Valley – East Troy, WI
07-18-2019: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
07-16-2019: DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
04-27-2019: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
04-23-2019: The Wharf Amphitheater – Orange Beach, AL
04-29-2018: New Orleans Jazz Festival – New Orleans, LA
04-26-2018: Saenger Theater – Hattiesburg, MS
03-31-2018: John Paul Jones Arena – Charlottesville, VA
05-31-2016: The Wharf Amphitheatre – Orange Beach, AL
09-19-2015: Buffett Bridge – Pascagoula, MS
02-05-2013: Pensacola Bay Center – Pensacola, FL
09-21-2012: Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens – Brisbane,
03-08-2012: HP Pavilion – San Jose, CA
02-28-2012: Leon County Civic Center – Tallahassee, FL
02-04-2012: Amway Center – Orlando, FL
01-31-2012: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL
11-04-2011: Margaritaville Street Festival – Key West, FL
10-22-2011: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
10-18-2011: Pepsi Arena – Denver, CO
10-15-2011: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
09-01-2011: Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
08-25-2011: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
08-23-2011: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
08-19-2011: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
07-23-2011: Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL
07-21-2011: DTE Muic Theatre – Clarkston, MI
07-19-2011: Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
07-16-2011: Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto,
06-21-2011: First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
06-18-2011: Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
05-28-2011: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
05-26-2011: Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach, VA
05-24-2011: Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
05-21-2011: Pizza Hut Park – Frisco, TX
05-07-2011: New Orleans Jazz Festival – New Orleans, LA
05-05-2011: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
05-03-2011: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St Louis, MO
04-30-2011: Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
04-28-2011: National Naval Aviation Museum – Pensacola, FL
04-23-2011: Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
04-21-2011: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
04-19-2011: Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
04-16-2011: 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
02-19-2005: Office Depot Center – Sunrise, FL
02-17-2005: Colonial Center – Columbia, SC
05-06-2000: Margaritaville Cafe – New Orleans, LA
11-20-1999: Bay Street Theater – East Hampton, NY
06-07-1987: Kings Dominion – Doswell, VA
10-23-1976: Lisner Auditorium – Washington, DC
07-18-1976: Carterbarron Amphitheatre – Washington, DC
12-08-1975: Constitution Hall – Washington, DC
09-10-1975: The Boarding House – Sausalito, CA
09-03-1975: The Backdoor – San Diego, CA
08-04-1975: Gusman Cultural Center – Miami, FL
03-13-1974: Exit/In – Nashville, TN
Number of Shows: 55