posted 379 days ago
Buffett wrote this in Key West, Florida after he finished a tour with his group, the Coral Reefer Band. They had just toured Texas, and Buffet spent some time drinking Margaritas in a Mexican restaurant with a friend before going back to Key West. When he got there, he sat at the Old Anchor Inn watching gridlock on the roads - and used it as inspiration as he composed the song. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL)
Buffett owns Margaritaville stores in Key West, New Orleans, Jamaica, Charleston, and Orlando. They sell clothing and other items inspired by the song.
Buffett: "I was lucky enough to get my thumb on the pulse beat of what people perceived the tropics to be."
"Margaritaville" has come to symbolize a carefree Caribbean lifestyle. For many people, the only time they experience this way of living is on vacations or Jimmy Buffet concerts. Buffett has a lot of fans who work very hard, make a lot of money, and use his music as an escape.
Buffet has always loved sailing, and when this song became a hit, he was thrilled because he could buy his own boat. He has said that even if he was a one hit wonder, he would have been happy with his boat sailing around the islands.
When Buffett sings about how he "Stepped on a pop-top" and cut his heel, requiring a cruise back home to enjoy a margarita, he's referring to pull-off tops from soda and beer cans that caused a litany of minor injuries as they were often thrown on the ground and then stepped on by poor souls who blew out their flip-flops. In the late '70s, the pop-tops were replaced with much safer non-removable round "pop-down/pop-in" tabs
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