Monday, April 23, 2012
T is THE WEATHER IS HERE I WISH YOU WERE BEAUTIFUL
Please note that the videos embedded with the songs were posted by some great Parrotheads on YouTube and not my creation.
"The Weather is Here I Wish You Were Beautiful" (1980) from the Coconut Telegraph CD has been one of my favorite songs for two reasons.
The first one is that of course, it has all the Jimmy Buffett elements, love of the palm tress, escaping a bitchy girlfriend, finding new love and finally deciding to kick it all over and move to the islands. In the song, I am assuming he is from NYC and not sure where the flight attendant is from (Jimmy used the politically incorrect "Stewardess" in the song).
The other thing I love about this song is that at the time he recorded it Jimmy was a big "All My Children" fan; that's right the soap opera. I watched it off and on when I was home with kids, but my friend called one day and said "Jimmy Buffett is going to be on 'All My Children' today!" and he was. He walked into a bar sat down, I don't remember if he had any lines, but the juke box was playing one of his songs.
THIS song comes into this all (ah, you were waiting for a point, right) because of the line "Billy Clyde wasn't insane". Billy Clyde Tuggle was a "All My Children" character, so I've always gotten a kick out of that and remember Jimmy's brief soap opera cameo every time I hear this song. .