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Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffett

from the album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes released in 1977

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Lyrics

Intro

D (see below for riff)

Verse

D Nibblin' on sponge cake... watching the sun bake A7 All of those tourists covered with oil Strummin' my six-string... on my front porch swing D D7 Smell those shrimp they're beginning to boil

Chorus

G A D D7 Wastin' away again in Margaritaville G A D D7 Searchin' for my... lost shaker of salt G A D A G Some people claim that there's a wo-man to blame A D But I know... it's nobody's fault Don't know the reason... stayed here all season Nothing is sure but this brand new tattoo But it's a real beauty... a Mexican cutie How it got here, I haven't a clue Wastin' away again in Margaritaville Searchin' for my... lost shaker of salt Some people claim that there's a woman to blame Now I think... hell, it could be my fault (instrumental verse) I blew out my flip-flop... stepped on a pop-top Cut my heel had to cruise on back home But there's booze in the blender... and soon it will render That frozen concoction that helps me hang on Wastin' away again in Margaritaville Searchin' for my... lost shaker of salt Some people claim that there's a woman to blame But I know... it's my own damn fault... yes and, Some people claim that there's a woman to blame And I know... it's my own damn fault (intro riff to end)

Notes & Tabs

Basic Chords Used

Here are the chords used to play this song. At its simplest, it is very straightforward -- you can 100% get away with playing only D, G, and A. Add variations to the D and A for spice, as you see fit: muted strumming, added 2nd and 4th tones, etc.

e-|----2----3----0----0-----
B-|----3----0----2----2-----
G-|----2----0----2----0-----
D-|----0----0----2----2-----
A-|---------2----0----0-----
E-|---------3---------------
       D    G    A    A7 

Intro Riff

Here is the riff I use to play the intro to the song. Your focus here is almost entirely on the three top strings (E, B, and G strings) -- while playing the open D string as appropriate.

e-|---5--5--5--3--x--5--x--x---|---5--5--5--3--x--5--x--x---|--
B-|---7--7--7--5--x--7--x--x---|---3--3--3--3--x--3--x--x---|--
G-|---7--7--7--4--x--7--x--x---|---4--4--4--4--x--4--x--x---|--
D-|----------------------------|----------------------------|--
A-|----------------------------|----------------------------|--
E-|----------------------------|----------------------------|--
      D        Em    D             Gadd2    G     Gadd2 

 -|---7--7--x--7--x--5---3--x--|---2--2--x--2--x--2--2--2---||
 -|---8--8--x--8--x--7---5--x--|---3--3--x--3--x--3--3--3---||
 -|---7--7--x--7--x--6---4--x--|---2--2--x--2--x--2--2--2---||
 -|----------------------------|---0--------0---------------||
 -|----------------------------|----------------------------||
 -|----------------------------|----------------------------||
      G             F#m  Em        D 

Chord Progressions

Intro

 D (with riff)

Verse

"Nibblin' on sponge cake..."
| D . . . | . . . . | .  . . . | .  . . . |
| . . . . | . . . . | A7 . . . | .  . . . |
| . . . . | . . . . | .  . . . | .  . . . |
| . . . . | . . . . | D  . . . | D7 . . . |

Chorus

"Wastin' away again in Margaritaville..."
| G . . . | A . . . | D . . . | D7 . . . |
| G . . . | A . . . | D . . . | D7 . . . |
| G . . . | A . . . | D . A . | G  . . . |
| A . . . | . . . . | D . . . | D  . . . |

Song Info

Song: Margaritaville
Artist: Jimmy Buffett
Album: Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
Year: 1977
Label: ABC

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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