Fool in Paradise

Lucky Mud
Mike McKinney


I wrote this song in the early 1980s, when all 'live' music played along the Gulf Coast was 'Buffett Music.' It was all anyone wanted to hear, so I would write 'Buffett' songs during the day to play that night in bars along the coast. This was my most requested Jimmy Buffett song, though he's never heard it. I hope I don't owe him royalties....


The poster in the window said

'Fly to the Islands

You can leave all your troubles behind'

It showed happy men and women

Just drinkin' and swimmin'

And I thought it'd get you off of my mind


So I bought a ticket, caught the very first plane

Flew right down to the islands

I didn't even think twice

Headed down to Paradise

Thought I'd have a good time

Forget all the pain



They say this is the most beautiful place In the world

With palm trees swaying

Over long-legged tropical girls

But I didn't see a thing

Except diminishing bottles of gin

I spent all three days

At the airport Holiday Inn


Why put a fool in Paradise?

It's only wasted on me

Sitting at a laminated bar watching TV

I might as well be back home

In my neighborhood bar

If I wanted to act like a fool

I didn't have to go this far



Why put a fool in Paradise?

It's only wasted on me

And it's such a shame

To waste Paradise on a fool

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