Song of the Day #1,716: ‘Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes’ – Jimmy Buffett

changes_in_latitudesAmerica’s favorite island poet, Jimmy Buffett, chimes in today with a beautiful bit of homespun wisdom. This track appears on the album of the same name, Buffett’s breakthrough record (also featuring his signature hit ‘Margaritaville’).

This has long been one of my favorite Jimmy Buffett songs, both for its easygoing sound and its lyrical message — particularly that last, great twist on the chorus: “If we weren’t all crazy, we would go insane.” Ain’t that the truth.

I took off for a weekend last month
Just to try and recall the whole year.
All of the faces and all of the places,
wonderin’ where they all disappeared.
I didn’t ponder the question too long;
I was hungry and went out for a bite.
Ran into a chum with a bottle of rum,
and we wound up drinkin’ all night.

It’s those changes in latitudes,
changes in attitudes nothing remains quite the same.
With all of our running and all of our cunning,
If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.

These changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes,
Nothing remains quite the same.
Through all of the islands and all of the highlands,
If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane

Reading departure signs in some big airport
Reminds me of the places I’ve been.
Visions of good times that brought so much pleasure
Makes me want to go back again.
If it suddenly ended tomorrow,
I could somehow adjust to the fall.
Good times and riches and son of a bitches,
I’ve seen more than I can recall
[Chorus]

I think about Paris when I’m high on red wine,
I wish I could jump on a plane.
And so many nights I just dream of the ocean.
God, I wish I was sailin’ again.
Oh, yesterdays are over my shoulder,
So I can’t look back for too long.
There’s just too much to see waiting in front of me,
and I know that I just can’t go wrong
with these…
[Chorus]

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6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,716: ‘Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes’ – Jimmy Buffett

  1. Dana says:

    Ah, some songs just soothe the soul and this is one of them.

    To Amy’s point about the amount of time one has to listen to music, given the choice of playing today’s song vs some laborious track off an arcade fire album (can you tell I’m still not over the numbness of those three weeks in the Suburbs?😄), would you not favor this every time and twice on Sunday?

  2. Clay says:

    Sure, but if I only ever listened to this song, or this artist, I would grow sick of them. I feel like a wide variety of musical options is necessary to prevent any of it from wearing thin.

  3. Dana says:

    Well, of course, but there are probably hundreds of songs like this already in your collection and it is hard for me to imagine you have become so sick of them that you would feel the need to reach for arcade fire.😄

  4. Amy says:

    This is probably the song that made me realize that Jimmy Buffet, in addition to being the perfect music to play at a pool/beach party, also had some depth to his lyrics. I love it.

  5. Andrea Katz says:

    Very enjoyable, particularly when mixed with sailing or a pool party :)
    I fear dana has been scarred for life by that Arcade Fire business!

  6. Dana says:

    It could be true😄

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