"Death Of An Unpopular Poet" as written by and Jimmy Buffett....
I once knew a poet who lived before his time
He and his dog Spooner would listen as he'd rhyme
Words to make you happy and words to make you cry
And then one day the poet suddenly did die.

But he left behind a closet filled with verse and rhymes
And through some strange transaction
One was printed in the Times
And everybody's searching for the king of underground
They found him down in Florida with a tombstone for a crown.

And everybody knows a line from his books that cost $4.99
I wonder if he knows he's doin' quite this fine.

'Cause his books are all best sellers and his poems were turned to song
They had his brother on a talk show though they never got along
And now he's called immortal, yes, he's even taught in school
They say he used his talents, a most proficient tool.

But he left all of his royalties to Spooner his old hound
Growing old on steak and bacon in his doghouse ten feet 'round
And everybody wonders did he really lose his mind
No, he was just a poet who lived before his time
Yes, he was just a poet who lived before his time.


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"Death of an Unpopular Poet" as written by Jimmy Buffett

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    General Commentpoetry at its finest...
    woodcock92627on May 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHe could be talking about Kurt Cobain... but I seeeerrrririiiiiioooouuuuusssslllllyyyyy doubt it. Just a geuss. An Educated guess! A possbile truth. Not at all impossible.....
    the_masked_magicianon December 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentUmmmm......No!
    PeglegPeteon February 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song was published on a album in 1973. Kurt Cobain would have been at the most 6 years old.
    pugzon February 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJimmy said this song is about many people - not one specific poet. He said it during a live performance at the Exit Inn in Nashville, TN in the 1970's. There is no one specific he sings about in this song.

    Kurt Cobain?! Are you serious?
    lakerhockey18on December 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJimmy said this song is about many people - not one specific poet. He said it during a live performance at the Exit Inn in Nashville, TN in the 1970's. There is no one specific he sings about in this song.

    Kurt Cobain?! Are you serious?
    lakerhockey18on December 20, 2006   Link

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