Best Alcohol-Related Song: “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet

21 Jul

Apparently, Music Court viewers like the blues. “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” the John Lee Hooker classic about drunkenness and loss, took home the prestigious prize of Best Alcohol-Related Song. A very solid choice. The included John Lee Hooker video is amazing. I will admit that. But, in my opinion, as much as alcohol is very well represented in the title and in Hooker’s growl, the best song that deals with the art of bombs, shots and guns (wow, who knew booze were so violent. Nothing like alcohol personification) is “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet. The other choices are good ones, but, heck, I am happy when I drink and I’m telling you this is just such a light drinking song. You hear me! The song is AWESOME! Okay, failed drunk attempt. Let’s get to some real reasons.

Buffet's frozen concoction that helps him hang on

Firstly, come on, Buffet has made an entire bar/restaurant franchise out of his hit and you can’t even say the man is selling out, because his other songs have to do with hamburgers and paradise. Seriously, the man is a restaurateur who happened to be proficient with an acoustic guitar. His restaurant company even sells margarita makers. Margarita makers. The song has turned into a trademark that promotes drinking. In an economical sense the song is an easy win.

But, from a music sense just look at these lyrics.

“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”

I don’t care if the song is corny and is the child of a man who created a song entitled bluntly, “Why don’t we get Drunk and Screw.” We are not judging great songs. I mean, this may very well be the worst song on the list. But, it is horribly catchy and has such a cult following its scary. Well, a lot of people like to drink and listen to Buffet. His name is Buffet. Look, he is an escape. The lyrics above practically say, I had to leave fantasy land, but, there are still booze back home so everything will be okay. Yes, it does sound like the song is promoting alcoholism, but, like Buffet’s annual Summer appearance at Jones Beach Theater, it is good in small doses. Look, the man puts on an entertaining show and his song is just such a pleasant drinking song. You listen to it and say, “Hey, where is my margarita.” Well, Buffet would probably respond. “You can now make them at home using this”

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