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Margaritaville (With Lost Verse) Lyrics

Artist: Jimmy Buffett
Album: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Nibblin on spnge cake, watchin the sun bake
All of those tourists covered with oil
Strummin my six string on my front porch swing
Smell those shrimp, they're beginning to boil

Wastin away again in Margaritaville
Searchin for my lost shaker of salt
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame
But I know it's nobody's fault

Don't know the reason I stayed here all season
With nothing to show but this brand new tattoo
But it's a real beauty, a Mexican cutie
How it got here I haven't a clue

Wastin away again in Margaritaville
Searchin for my lost shaker of salt
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame
Now I think, hell, it could be my fault

Old men in tank tops cruising the gift shops
Checking out the chiquitas down by the shore
They dream about weight loss, wish they could be their own boss
Those three day vacations become such a bore

I blew out my flip flop, stepped on a pop top
Cut my heel, had to cruise on back home
But there's booze in the blender and soon it will render
That frozen concoction that helps me hang on

Wastin away again in Margaritaville
Searchin for my lost shaker of salt
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame
But I know it's my own damn fault
Yes, and some people say that there's a woman to blame
And I know it's my own damn fault

Comments/Interpretations

by Roy Manriquez on 4/23/2009 6:55pm
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by Shane on 9/24/2018 8:37pm
That's not a lost verse, that is a fake verse written by somebody who doesn't know how to count syllables to make a song flow. Jimmy Buffet knows better.
by Rz on 11/10/2018 1:40pm
Wrong. It’s a real verse from the 70’s live album.
by BKD on 11/23/2018 12:44pm
Finally, a lyrics site that says it has the lost verse, and actually does!

Shane, he's had a couple Live albums, and in one he shouts out to the audience that this is the lost verse (I found it, I found it!!)
by Steve on 8/13/2019 3:02am
There's a live recording where he sings:

I blew out my flip flop, stepped on a pop top
Broke both mylegs, had to limp on back home
Lord I still feel pain, I wish I had some cocaine
But that's been gone since early last fall.

The audience sings along with gusto, so it doesn't seem it's the first time that one had come out...
by Donna on 6/6/2020 8:41pm
What’s the lost one? I know all of these. I’m confused
by Gerard on 6/14/2020 5:51pm
In Aspen 1977 video he sings . . . "God I still feel pain, I wish I had some cocaine, but that's been gone from early this morn"
by James Wade on 4/25/2022 8:48am
Margaritaville is a song about accountability for one's bad choices. Wastin' away is not about being wasted. It is about losing meaning in your life. The song has an obvious allusion to Genesis Chapter 3 with "some people say there's a woman to blame" (Eve). 'looking for my lost shaker of salt" is not just about Margaritas. Salt is used in the New Testament as a metaphor for meaning. But the most striking thing about the lyrics is the progression from "It's nobody's fault" to "Hell, it could be my fault" to "It's my own Damn fault." To me, the song is saying that the only way out of despair is to take ownership of your failings, and get back in the game. Of course, this is all obscured by the very up beat musicality.








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