Friday, April 6, 2012

F is for FINS

Please note that the videos embedded with the songs were posted by some great Parrotheads on YouTube and not my creation.

"FINS" (1979) was originally a rather innocuous song about a cute woman down in the islands who has guys (sharks) "schooling" around her.  (Not a really bad problem if you ask me.) It is on the Volcano CD.  

However, as you can see from the video (from a concert in Australia), "Fins" has become the quintessential concert song and Jimmy cannot do a concert without it.  If you've been to a concert you  know that there will be a time that you will put your hands together over your head and sway to the left and then to the right and that EVERYONE else there will be doing the exact same thing.  It is is part of what makes Jimmy Buffett concerts some of the most popular in the world.

If you have done the concert correctly and arrived several hours beforehand for the the tailgating, you will have seen people with shark hats, cars with shark fins on them and cars that actually are dressed up in total as sharks.  As a Patriot fan I hate to add this last bit, but in 2009 Jimmy wrote new lyrics for this song to be used by the Miami Dolphins when they get a touchdown, if that ever happens.  So FINS UP!!!!!


  1. Jimmy Buffet was appearing on the Champ Elysees when we were in Paris, France. I may still have the photo I took of the sign.

  2. Fun "F" Day post.

    Popping in as an A to Z Blogging Challenge participant. Please feel free to visit and comment on any of my blogs as well, leaving a link to your own post, so my readers can find you too!

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  3. I had never heard Fins before... very interesting. Thanks PB

  4. This is definitely a fun song and fun concert experience.

  5. Just came home from my favorite beach bar/restaurant in the islands. FINS - it's true.

    Saw Jimmy in Vegas about 4 yrs ago. There was a street party outside Margaritaville all day long. One of the best concerts I have ever attended.

  6. One of my favorites here!! Fins up!! Indeed :)

    Cheers, Jenn

  7. I really need to dive into more Jimmy Buffet tunes...I still in the "cheeseburger in paradise" phase!

  8. Concert goers dressed up as sharks! That's pretty funny, no offense to the Fins fans of course...Jimmy Buffet has a few good songs I like. :)

  9. People do the silliest things sometimes. I can't imagine dressing up - in public - in a shark hat. But maybe you "just gotta be there" to get into it.

    Love your blog title. A Pirate Looks Past Sixty just intrigued me, so I had to check it out.

    Enjoy the A to Z Challenge!

  10. Love that song! Thanks for reminding me!


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