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Hello forum friends. Have not been around as much as I'd like but hopefully will be now that life is settling and the kids are off at college. During our family trip to Japan, I learned of Jimmy Buffett's death. I was a HUGE fan, and he was one of about a half dozen people who dominated the soundtrack of my life at one time or another. It amazes me how many people just knew of him as a drinking song guy since he was an incredible songwriter. At Disney Sea in Japan, this melody and concept came to me and I wrote it when I got back home and let the jet lag wane.
There are some references that probably only Parrotheads will catch......two are to two of my favorite songs (Changing Channels and The 12 Volt Man) which I think everyone who loves songwriting should give a listen.....Jimmy certainly made sparks fly in my head. Hope you enjoy and I'd love to hear what you think. I'll be back more often. Take care all. Greg

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Pirate’s Prayer

Born on a Christmas Day
Down Mississippi way
Who’d have guessed the gifts that you would bring into this world
Key West to Margaritaville
For some, our hearts will live there still
Where the canvas of your dreams for us unfurled

I’ll say for you this pirate’s prayer
And hope that it will reach you there
And find you on the deep blue water
Sailing wild and free
May your boat be sound
The sun be warm
Your days be rich and free of storm
For you to find the joy you gave to me

Of me, there’s not much to be said
I’m just one more Parrothead
Who embraced the dreams you painted
With such beauty in your song
Just one more broken hearted fan
A kindred to the twelve volt man
Just trying to find a way to get along

Tonite I’ll say a pirate’s prayer

Thank you for the wonder
Thank you for the songs
Thank you for the magic places
Where everyone belongs
Thank you for the journeys
All the times my heart set sail
The peace your music brought to me
It never failed

Tonite, the hours I’ll quietly pass
Pour rum into my whiskey glass
And pray that mother ocean
Receives you pirate’s soul
And again you’ll sail on barkentines
Changing channels, changing themes
You were never meant for glitter rock and roll

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Greg, you nailed the Buffet Vibe!

Outstanding tribute to Jimmy.

Great vocal, lyrics, and mix.

Loved it.


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Greg...great tribute with this mellow and appropriate song...well said and well sung...really nice production and the vocal was stellar (as usual)...glad to hear you again and so sorry for everyone's loss.


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Greg,

You’ve capture that Buffet vibe very well . . . a lovely tribute to an iconic musician. Wonderful vocal and you usual solid production. Excellent!

All my best to you,

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Very sweet and very well done - that fab voice helps heaps of course.


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Great tribute to the great man, Greg. A huge talent, sadly missed.
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Greg,
Saw him some years ago when he fell off the stage in Sydney - great concert - bad ending!
Very nice tribute to a sad event - the harmonica was a good touch.
Lovely melody, lyric and vocal.

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Nicely done.

I reckon I need to finish up the one I started and have just let set on my hard drive collecting digital dust.


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Greg,

"Thank you for the wonder
Thank you for the songs
Thank you for the magic places
Where everyone belongs"

Says it all.

A beautiful, heartfelt write. Well penned.

A wonderful tribute. Captures the essence of Jimmy perfectly.

Gorgeous vocals. Filled with a warm Key West breeze...

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Greg,

This is a magical song and a beautiful tribute...

Awesome work.

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Easygoing vibe, smooth vocal, good write with imagery and references that don't get in the way.

Excellent tribute.


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Thanks so much Mario! Appreciate the listen and the nice comments!! Take care. Greg

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Lovely and gentle song, with a fantastic vocal.

Yes, I concur. You've got the JB feel in this song.

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That’s a lovely tribute, Greg, and we especially liked these lines:

“May your boat be sound
The sun be warm
Your days be rich and free of storm
For you to find the joy you gave to me”

Over the last few years we’ve lost too many of those musicians who took us to the “magic places” and your song’s imagery describes that feeling well.

Everything is smooth and the accordion and harmonica were great.

Enjoyed it!

J&B

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Swelteringly good, Greg. What a sensational tribute. You are surely living where the canvas of his dreams unfurled in this write --the magic place where we all belong. What a great idea, Pirates Prayer. We had a huge jam the night he died, and played the whole buffet of songs. Abdsolutely loved it!


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Gorgeous Greg - and wonderful vocals & production!

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I too was a big JB fan. Lovely tribute to him. Awesome vocal and lyric Greg. Well done


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Love this one. One more big thank you from another Parrothead.

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Hi Greg.

This is super music-crafting and music-presenting. You've done a brilliant job with everything. This should be on the radio. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Greg,

It's a simple and beautiful song.
You usually have a lot of jazz songs, so this folk-like song from you makes me feel fresh.
Unfortunately I don't know Jimmy Buffett.
I would like to take this opportunity to listen to Jimmy Buffett.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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