Breaking Down Lyrics

This is exactly what you have been waiting for from Mumbled Minds. A brand new weekly series which some people – out of 7 billion Earth inhabitants –  may enjoy. Everyone has their song they just love to sing to and dance to. But are people actually paying attention to what is going on in the lyrics? Sometimes they make absolutely no sense. Sometimes they’re word combinations in lyrics that shouldn’t be put in a song in the first place.

For the first week, I thought of an older track that I was listening to whilst leaving the gold course this Tuesday. Come Monday by Jimmy Buffet (Big Fan of the Margarita King by the way) and I have always been bothered by the lyrics of the song, even though it is a catchy tune that I will sing the whole way through.

Headin’ up to San Francisco
For the Labor Day weekend show,
I’ve got my hush-puppies on,
I guess I never was meant for
Glitter rock and roll.
And honey I didn’t know
That I’d be missin you so.

He’s driving to San Francisco for a little holiday break, nothing wrong there – sounds like a lot of fun actually. He’s relaxing in his hush puppies, and figures that because of his relaxed attitude, a certain type of sub-genre rock music does not match his personality per se. He also describes that he misses his girl. Very sweet of you Jimmy.

Come Monday It’ll be all right,
Come Monday I’ll be holding you tight.
I spent four lonely days in a brown L.A. haze
And I just want you back by my side.

Ok, he misses her, nothing wrong there, but he spent four lonely days in a brown L.A. haze? What happened to San Francisco? I don’t live in California, but I know that they are quite a distance away. The only way this makes sense is if he was a high state of mind, and that forced him to get lost on L.A. freeways for four days which halted him from getting to San Francisco. Wouldn’t be surprised if that has happened to someone before.

Yes it’s been quite a summer,
Rent-a-cars and westbound trains.
And now you’re off on vacation,
Somethin’ you tried to explain.
And darlin’ I love you so that’s
The reason I just let you go.

A busy summer, that happens to a lot of people around the U.S. every year. Nothing wrong with this statement. His girl though has left for vacation, and Jimmy Buffet couldn’t understand why she was going? You’ve stated that you have been traveling all summer, including trips to San Francisco (L.A. Freeways) to get drunk by yourself for four days, but it’s baffling to you that she might want a trip somewhere alone? He then states that he gave her permission to leave. Didn’t think my pal Jimmy would be the guy who would control a relationship to the point that he calls the shots on her trips like a restaurant manager to his/her employee.

Come Monday It’ll be all right,
Come Monday I’ll be holding you tight.
I spent four lonely days in a brown L.A. haze
And I just want you back by my side.

Back to the L.A. haze again, and nothing that involves San Francisco. I don’t think he actually went there at all.

I can’t help it, honey,
You’re that much a part of me now.
Remember the night in Montana when
We said there’d be no room for doubt.

I’d be interested to know more about the one night trip to Montana where they had a major point in their relationship. I guess the Rockies, clear springs, and Ted Turner can make people come together in loving bonds.

I hope you’re enjoyin’ the scenery,
I know that it’s pretty up there.
We can go hikin on Tuesday,
With you, I’d walk anywhere.
California has worn me quite thin,
I just can’t wait to see you again.

So now you remember why she went on vacation all of a sudden. To go hiking and check the scenery “up there”. I like that Jimmy Buffet thinks hikes are going to simple walks, and not possibly day long treks that involve a lot of work. He’s used to laying on sandy beaches with a margarita in hand more often I suppose.

I don’t know how California has worn him quite thin when I wouldn’t be surprised if the girl he is talking about is still in California hiking somewhere. Since California has an assortment of coastline, mountains, forests, and deserts. It’s a large State. Maybe California has worn him quite thin cause he’s just been spending his time getting hammered, or stuck in L.A. traffic, this song is confusing me on where he actually went.

Come Monday It’ll be all right,
Come Monday I’ll be holding you tight.
I spent four lonely days in a brown L.A. haze
And I just want you back by my side.

The final lyrics are in and it’s again talking about Los Angeles again. That’s San Francisco once, and Los Angeles thrice. Maybe he was in Los Angeles for the Labor Day Weekend show, and just confuse the city with San Francisco in the first line, and corrected himself later on, but thought it wasn’t a big deal to keep the error.

I don’t know. If Jimmy Buffet wants to send me an email at, then I’d love to have a chat about it. Along with a couple margs.

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