Fool in Paradise

02:38
Lucky Mud
2015-03-02
Mike McKinney

Story

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....

Lyrics

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 CHORUS: 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 CHORUS: 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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