Who Sang Death of an Unpopular Poet? Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean cover art
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Jimmy Buffett
release date: 1973-6
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country Rock/Classic Rock
length: 3:42
producer: Don Gant
membranophone: Sammy Creason
piano: Michael Utley
lead vocals: Jimmy Buffett
engineer: Lee Hazen
electric guitar: Reggie Young
acoustic guitar: Steve Goodman and Jimmy Buffett
harmonica: Greg “Fingers” Taylor
percussion: Farrell Morris
fiddle: Vassar Clements
congas: Phil Royster
bass guitar: Eddie Williams
pedal steel guitar: Doyle Grisham
Moog: Shane Keister
I once knew a poet who lived before his time
He and his dog Spooner would listen as he'd rhyme
Words to make you happy and words to make you cry
And then one day the poet suddenly did die.

But he left behind a closet filled with verse and rhymes
And through some strange transaction
One was printed in the Times
And everybody's searching for the king of underground
They found him down in Florida with a tombstone for a crown.

And everybody knows a line from his books that cost $4.99
I wonder if he knows he's doin' quite this fine.

'Cause his books are all best sellers and his poems were turned to song
They had his brother on a talk show though they never got along
And now he's called immortal, yes, he's even taught in school
They say he used his talents, a most proficient tool.

But he left all of his royalties to Spooner his old hound
Growing old on steak and bacon in his doghouse ten feet 'round
And everybody wonders did he really lose his mind
No, he was just a poet who lived before his time
Yes, he was just a poet who lived before his time.

Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Great Filling Station Holdup
  • 2 Railroad Lady
  • 3 He Went to Paris
  • 4 Grapefruit - Juicy Fruit
  • 5 Cuban Crime of Passion
  • 6 Why Don't We Get Drunk
  • 7 Peanut Butter Conspiracy
  • 8 They Don't Dance Like Carmen No More
  • 9 I Have Found Me a Home
  • 10 My Lovely Lady
  • 11 Death of an Unpopular Poet

  • Album Information
    label: Dunhill Records
    country(area): United States
    format: Vinyl
    script: Latin