"He Went To Paris" as written by and Jimmy Buffett....
He went to Paris
Looking for answers
To questions that bothered him so

He was impressive
Young and aggressive
Savin' the world on his own
But the warm summer breezes
The French wines and cheeses
Put his ambition at bay
His summers and winters
Scattered like splinters
And four to five years slipped away

Then he went to England
Played the piano
And married an actress named Kim
They had a fine life, she was a good wife
And bore him young son named Jim
And all of the answers, and all the questions
He locked in his attic one day
'Cause he liked the quiet
Clean country livin' and
Twenty more years slipped away

Well, the war took his baby
Bombs killed his lady
And left him with only one eye
His body was battered
His whole world was shattered
And all he could do was just cry
While the tears were falling and he was recalling
Answers he'd never found
So he hopped on a freighter, skidded the ocean
And left England without a sound

Now he lives in the islands
Fishes the pilings
And drinks his green label each day
Writing his memoirs
Losin' his hearin'
But he don't care what most people
Through eighty-six years of perpetual motion
If he likes you he'll smile, and he'll say,
"Jimmy, some of it's magic, some of it's tragic
But I had a good life all of the way."

And he went to Paris
Lookin' for answers to questions
That bothered him so

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"He Went to Paris" as written by Jimmy Buffett

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    General CommentThis song is beautiful and at times it gives me chills.
    It's a song about life, and nothing is ever better than that.
    My father loves this song, as well as my four year old cousin who knows it word for word.
    Her favorite part is "And left him with only one eye."

    Oh yeah...and my name is also in the song! :]
    justagreeneyedgirlon July 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyou gotta live life. it will have its high and low moments and maybe in the end we all will end on some small island. but
    "some of it's magic, some of it's tragic
    But I had a good life all the way."
    gotta live it
    poohblueskyon July 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentjust an old man that jimmy met up with on his travels that told him his life story. he likes jimmy so he tells him "jimmy some of it's magic, some of it's tragic, but i had a good life all the way".
    hooliobischoffon October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentNo matter what happens, you have to live your life, it has its highs and its lows, but you gotta live it.
    HoboSpartan7on March 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's never too late to find your answers to life's questions. Life is going to take you places you don't expect, to your highest of mountains and your roughests of valleys. You have to keep living, and be thankful for what you were given instead of bitter of what was taken away. "some of it's magic, some of it's tragic, but I had a good life all the way." is definitely the most highlighted and most meaningful line of the song.
    runfastturnlefton September 21, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me... this is a sad song. But I admit that it didn't seem as sad until I saw the video of the old man sitting by the sea. He just sits there and drinks. He has lost everything. BUT the old man in the song doesn't seem as sad. He is factual , just telling the story of his life. He states that it has been a good life. I would like to hear who Jimmy says its about. I thought it was based on Earnest Hemmingway w. Rainy Night in Georgia is the most lonesome song to me. I just imagine how alone the guy is. Conway Twitty and Sam Moore are my favorite singers.
    rachel1125on August 29, 2017   Link

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