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Chart Peak:

  • #100 – Billboard 200
  • #27 – Billboard Country Chart
Songs You Know By Heart

Release Date:

October 28th, 1985


MCA Records

Track List
1. Cheeseburger In Paradise 2:15
2. He Went To Paris 3:28
3. Fins 3:24
4. Son Of A Son Of A Sailor 3:23
5. A Pirate Looks At Forty 3:51
6. Margaritaville 4:09
7. Come Monday 3:08
8. Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes 3:14
9. Why Don’t We Get Drunk 2:41
10. Pencil Thin Mustache 2:49
11. Grapefruit Juicy Fruit 2:56
12. Boat Drinks 2:37
13. Volcano 3:38

Liner Note

Jimmy Buffett has written and sung songs which are now part of our collective memory. And he has made a world of open roads, sailboats, rental cars and bars set against a curiously romantic fleabag vista where people bunch up to face the emtpy sea. When Texas, coconuts, Florida, sharks, nymphomaniacs, Montana, volcanos and pirates land in one spot, we understand that worlds do in fact collide.

Beyond that, Buffett has peopled this region with characters ranging from hammock dwellers dragged down by memories, fellow travellers with no memories, honored ancestors, poets, and smugglers run down by their own history like rabbits caught in the headlights. Finally, one of the figures in the drama is “Jimmy Buffett” who is mostly, but not exactly Jimmy Buffett, a man with more camouflage than a Green Beret commissary.

This album show that the sun has been coming up on Buffett’s world for a long time and among the shadows stand songs and people are here to stay.

– Tom McGuane. Livingston, Montana

Album Notes

  • Jimmy’s first hits compilation album
  • This album features no songs recorded after 1979, skipping several actual hits