"Pirate Looks at 40 (Jimmy Buffet cover)" as written by and Jimmy Buffett....
Mother, mother ocean
I have heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters
Since I was three feet tall

You've seen it all, you've seen it all
Watched the men who rode you
Switch from sails to steam
And in your belly you hold
The treasures few have ever seen

Most of 'em dreams
Most of 'em dreams
Yes, I am a pirate
Two hundred years too late

The cannons don't thunder
There's nothin' to plunder
I'm an under-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late

I've done a bit of smugglin'
I've run my share of grass
I made enough money to buy Miami
But I pissed it away so fast
Never meant to last, never meant to last

And I have been drunk now for over two weeks
I passed out and I rallied and I sprung a few leaks
But I got to stop wishin', got to go fishin'
Down to rock bottom again
Just a few friends, just a few friends

I go for younger women
Lived with several awhile
And though I ran away
They'll come back one day
And I still can manage a smile
It just takes a while
Just takes a while

Mother, mother ocean
After all these years I've found
My occupational hazard being
My occupation's just not around
I feel like I've drowned
Gonna head uptown


Lyrics submitted by EL BASTARDDO

"A Pirate Looks at Forty" as written by Jimmy Buffett

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    General Commentjack almost pulls it off but its no match for the original sung by the man jimmy buffett. its about a guy who wishes he could just be a pirate but is born in the wrong time when they no longer exist really.
    Rocco5on February 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is origianlly by jimmy buffet, almost as good as jack, but before his time
    jnxstud08on January 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah he was a great singer/songwriter with a different style to jack but jack definately pulls it off so much better. Possibly my favourite from jack depending on what mood i'm in even though it is a cover.
    EL BASTARDDOon January 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti really like this song, whats it about?
    specialK37on July 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhen Jack played this with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds it was amazing. Great cover and great song
    Ziggy45on May 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWow, I wish I could hear Jack, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds singing this song. I learn so much from reading other peoples comments because I never knew this was originally done by Jimmy Buffett!
    mugurlson July 28, 2008   Link

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