"Changing Channels" as written by and Jimmy Buffett M. Mcanally....
Girl of a thousand faces
From a long line of basket cases
Daughter of a fortune teller
Oh the lovely Isabella

CHORUS

She's changing channels
Stayin' on her toes
She's just changin' channels
As she goes

This place is full of beachhead sailors
Fisherman and old retailers
Simple lives are so deep seated
and history always gets repeated
Some folks see a birds eye view
Others haven't got a clue
Some will go and some will stay
It doesn't matter anyway

CHORUS

They are changin' channels
Crazy girls and boys

They'll be changin' channels
Changin' toys

Survivors of tidal waves
children of former slaves
strange that they behave
Like it's another world

There's an island in the ocean
Where the people stay in motion
Somewhere on the old gulf stream
Do they live or did I dream

CHORUS

They were changin' channels
Waitin' for their sails to fill
They were changin' channels
Always will

They'll be changin' channels
Waitin' for their sails to fill
They'll be changing channels
Always will


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"Changing Channels" as written by Jimmy Buffett Mac Mcanally

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    General CommentAfter "it doesn't matter anyway" the song actually ends with these verses and this chorus

    Survivors of tidal waves
    Children of farmers slaves
    Strange how they all behave
    Like it's another world

    There's an island in the ocean
    Where the people stay in motion
    Somewhere on the old gulf stream
    Do they live, did I dream?
    They were changin channels
    Waitin for the sails to fill
    They'll be changing channels
    Always will
    They'll be changing channels
    Waitin for the sails to fill
    They'll be changing channels
    Always will
    nicktonyg22on January 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is probably one of the most beautiful songs out there.

    MORE COMMENTS PLEASE :)

    The meaning is rather straightforward, at least on one level.

    Its about the timelessness of island life. Small islands untouched by the outside world. Although it could be about any small town.
    lordofshadowon October 15, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song to me is clearly a tribute to the women of the Caribbean Islands having their roots in Africa and about their being dragged so to speak for generations from their African home up thru the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico right into the city of New Orleans (dragged by the slave trade). This song comes to life so much to me when I am in NOLA. I live about 2.5 hours from NOLA and when I am there you see these gorgeous mocha ladies with a pedigree like a delicious gumbo of Spanish, French, African and so on. I think of this song and it hits me in the stomach thinking of the lives, religion and struggles of their great great grandmothers. Here's to ALL you beautiful Creole women of New Orleans. TO CREOLE QUEENS. What an interesting heritage!!!!!
    Harebs0255on June 30, 2014   Link

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