Song Analysis “Margaritaville”- Jimmy Buffet

Nibblin’ on sponge 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 beginnin’ to boil.

Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville,
Searchin’ for my long 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,
Stayed here all season
With nothing to show but this brand new tatoo.
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.

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, some people claim that there’s a woman to blame
And I know it’s my own damn fault.

[It’s basically a song about being three sheets to the wind.
The speaker enjoys a cold hard beverage.

He complains that he has lost a shaker of salt. He suggests that others tell him a woman stole it. Could this be a tongue-in-cheek parody of Paradise Lost?
Some blame a woman, Eve, for the Original Sin. But perhaps as the speaker says, it’s man’s “own damn fault.”]

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