Blog Radio — “He Went to Paris” written by Butch Frick
When people think about Jimmy Buffett, they think of Island music, full of fun, hedonism and drugs. While this is Jimmy’s brand, he has written and sings some brilliant songs with poignant lines that tell stories that are universal. A few memorable lines are mainly from songs few people know, such as the line “Days precious days, roll in and out like waves” from his song, “Boat’s to Build” or from “A Trip Around the Sun”:
“Every day’s a revolution
Pull it together and it comes undone
Just one more candle and a trip around the sun.
I’m just hanging on while this old world keeps spinning
And it’s good to know it’s out of my control.
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from all this living
Is that it wouldn’t change a thing if I let go.
No you never see it coming,
Always wind up wondering where it went.
Only time will tell
If it was time well spent.
It’s another revelation,
Celebrating what I should have done
With these souvenirs of my trip around the sun”
One Song that peals back a whole host of universal truths is “He Went to Paris.” It deals with the issues of time, tragedy, the unanswered questions we all have about life, and the ability to find magic in life.
Jimmy adeptly uses the metaphor relating to time in the following line: “His summers and winters, scattered like splinters and four to five years slipped away”.
As an old man the protagonist who lost his wife and son, is able to say this about life:
“Some of its Magic, some of its tragic, but I had a good life all the way.”
Out of real tragedy, the protagonist realizes the sweetness of life and the magic it can bring.