This ukulele video lesson, Margaritaville, by Jimmy Buffet, is an excellent cover to learn. And you don't have to be a Parrothead to know the song!. It is undoubtedly one of his most famous tunes, and there's a good chance that you are already humming it in your head as you are reading this. The song was released in 1977 on the album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. It was popular almost instantly, reading number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number one on the Easy Listening chart. It even went up to number 13 on the Country Songs chart. To this day, it's Buffett's best performing solo single.
You've probably heard the song plenty of times before, and you already know that it's a perfect song for a ukulele cover. Just take a moment to think about the style of the music and the lyrics. The song is about living in a tropical climate and having the easy life while sipping away on a margarita and playing a guitar. It doesn't get too much better than that, and countless listeners around the world agree. As you move through the song, you learn that the narrator is trying to get over a lost love and coming to terms that it might have been his fault.
Now, here's something interesting that you might want to do while playing Margaritaville. There is actually a lost verse that you can add back into the song. It was originally taken out to make the song shorter for radio airplay. Buffett often adds this verse back into the song when he's playing it live. The lyrics go:
"Old men in tank tops, cruisin' the gift shops, checkin' out the chiquitas, down by the shore. They dream about weight loss, wish they could be their own boss, those three-day vacations can be such a bore."
Buffett knew he had a good thing as the song became more and more popular over the years. He's made some smart moves to capitalize on the success of the song. He has an Internet radio station called Radio Margaritaville, a collection of short stories called Tales from Margaritaville, and even a chain of casual dining restaurants.
There are few songs to learn on ukulele that are as perfect as Margaritaville. It's a fun song to play, a fun song to sing, and it really does sound great on the ukulele. Start learning it now!Return to Home Page
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