This has always been one of my favorite Jimmy Buffett songs. Yes, his party stuff is fun but personally, I’ve always felt his ballad-y songs like A Pirate Looks at Forty, Son of a Son of A Sailor and Havana Daydreamin’ and this one were better. This song was originally released in 1977 on Jimmy’s Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes album though a shorter version appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Rancho Deluxe in 1975.
Here are the lyrics in case you want to sing along:
Years grow shorter, not longer,
the more you’ve been on your own.
Feelin’s for movin’ grow stronger’
so you wonder why you ever go home,
wonder why you ever go home.
People are movin’ so quickly.
Humor’s in need of repair.
Same occupations and same obligations;
they’ve really got nothing to share,
like drivin’ around with no spare.
River gets deeper not shallow,
the further you move down the stream.
Wonderin’if I can keep her as I
race to keep up with my dreams.
How they shine and glitter and gleam.
The image is from December of 2010 when I spent some time in Las Vegas. I was standing in the parking lot of Mandalay Bay when I made this image. I’ve always had a thing for framing planes with palm trees.