Jimmy Buffett and a Pop Music Daffynition

Buffett in Margaritaville.jpg

Singer-songwriter Buffett before he became businessman-restaurant entrepreneur.

What is the difference between Jimmy Buffett and an employee at Trader Joe’s? Between two to ten million dollars a year. This is to say that these people, all these people, look identical. Put Jimmy Buffett behind a register and I swear I wouldn’t know the difference. [FACT CHECK: Being Korean, Caucasians tend to look similar, just saying and fact checking.]

How did the Gordon Lightfoot of Key West become an arena concert performer? [FACT CHECK: Jimmy Buffett was born in Mississippi. You know what I mean though, he’s so Floridian.] Why isn’t Lightfoot that popular? It probably has something to do with his offbeat name and Canadian background.

Followers of Buffett are called Parrotheads. They’re kind of like [Grateful] Deadheads minus the drug culture and “hippy” dancing, plus tropical drinks and “hippo” dancing. The fact remains, there are millions upon millions of Parrotheads in the US, and it is evident by sell-out shows at Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Chula Vista’s The Mattress Firm Amphitheater. They are the apolitical, happy-go-lucky, tequila-swilling, meat-eating alt-right of popular music.

There’s a saying: don’t go shopping when you’re hungry or stoned. The same should apply to songwriting. Buffett clearly supports this theory. Here are some of his songs: “I Will Play For Gumbo”, “Boat Drinks”, “Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit”, “Last Mango In Paris”, “Dixie Diner”, “Champagne Si, Agua No”, “Turn Up The Heat And Chill The Rosé”, “Dreamsicle”, “Cheeseburger In Paradise”, “Margaritaville”, “Barometer Soup”, “Banana Republics”, “Countin’ The Cows Every Day”, “I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever”, “Oysters And Pearls”, “Fat Person Man”, “Flesh And Bone”, “Coconut Telegraph”, “Peanut Butter Conspiracy” “The Wino And I Know” and “Fins”. [FACT CHECK: Absolutely true!] Some of these songs may not be about food, but you can’t deny the pattern, and yes, Jimmy Buffett may be a cannibal. [FACT CHECK: Not confirmed, just hearsay.]

Jimmy Buffett Tu, Bruté?

/Jim/ē/ /Bəf/et/ /Too/ /Broot/ay/


A Latin sentence meaning “Even you are a Jimmy Buffett fan, Brutus?” Caesar utters these words as he is being stabbed to death, having recognized his friend Brutus amongst the Parrotheads.

synonyms: OU812?, Dave Matthews Band fan, too?, if I kill you, am I killing myself?

“Jack Johnson-Jimmy Buffett Tu, Bruté seemed to be the catchphrase at the recent Jack Johnson concert.”


Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes, someone shaved off their trademark mustache.

“A Jimmy Buffett Tu, Bruté moment can be similar to being outed from the closet, in that one loses the feeling of empowerment by being revealed instead of admitting for oneself to the world that you enjoy the music of Billy Joel with a nice glass of cabernet.”


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