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Migration

Jimmy Buffett

from the album A1A released in 1974

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Lyrics

Intro

C (with riff)

Verse

C Whoa, lookin' back at my background G Tryin' to figure out how I ever got here G7 Some things are still a mystery to me C C7 While others are much to clear F And I'm just... living in the sunshine C Am Stay contented most of the time D7 Yeah, listening to Murphy, Walker and Willis G G7 Sing me their Texas rhymes Now most of the people who retire in Florida Are wrinkled and lean on a crunch And mobile homes are smothering my keys I hate those bastards so much I wish a... summer squall would blow them all Away up to fantasy land Yeah, they're ugly and square, they don't belong here F G C They looked a lot better as beer cans

Chorus

Am And that's why its still a mystery to me G Why some people live like they do Am With so many nice things happening out there D7 G They never even seen the clues F Whoa, but we're doing fine, we can travel and rhyme C Am You know we been doin' our part F C Got a Caribbean soul I can barely control G7 Am C And some Texas hidden here in my heart Well now, I mighta joined the merchant marines If I hadn't learned how to sing On top of all that I got married to early Cost me much more than a ring But now those crazy days are over You just gotta learn from the wrong things you done I came off a rebound, started looking around Figured out its time to have a little fun And that's why its still a mystery to me Why some people live like they do With so many nice things happening out there They never even seen the clues Whoa, but we're doing fine, we can travel and rhyme You know we been doin' our part Got a Caribbean soul I can barely control And some Texas hidden here in my heart Well now, if I ever live to be an older man I'm gonna sail down to Martinique I'm gonna buy me a sweat-stained Bogart suit And an African parakeet And then I'll set him on my shoulder And open up my trustee old mind I'm gonna teach him how to cuss, teach him how to fuss And pull the cork out of a bottle of wine And that's why its still a mystery to me Why some people live like they do With so many nice things happening out there They never even seen the clues Whoa, but we're doing fine, we can travel and rhyme You know we been doin' our part Got a Caribbean soul I can barely control And some Texas hidden here in my heart Yeah I got a Caribbean soul I can barely control G7 F G C C7 And some Texas hidden here in my heart---- ohh...

Notes & Tabs

Chords Used

Here are the basic chords used to play this song.

e-|----0----0----1----3----1----0----2-----
B-|----1----1----1----0----0----1----1-----
G-|----0----3----2----0----0----2----2-----
D-|----2----2----3----0----0----2----0-----
A-|----3----3----3----2----2----0----------
E-|--------------1----3----3---------------
       C    C7   F    G    G7   Am   D7 

Intro Riff

If you want to play the intro section and sound like the Buffett recorded version of this song, here are the notes and chords for the riff I recommend playing. Listen along for the strumming pattern and exact rhythm -- this just gives a rough map of the chord positions.

e-|---0--0--1--3----0--0--1--3-----7--7--7--7-----7--7--5--3-----0---
B-|---1--1--1--1----1--1--1--1-----8--8--8--8-----8--8--7--5-----1---
G-|---0--0--0--0----0--0--0--0-----7--7--7--7-----7--7--5--4-----0---
D-|---2-------------2--------------------------------------------2---
A-|---3-------------3--------------------------------------------3---
E-|------------------------------------------------------------------
      C             C              G                    F  Em    C 

Chord Progressions

Verse

"Whoa, lookin' back at my background..."
| C  . . . | C  . . . | G . . . | G . . . |
| G7 . . . | G7 . . . | C . . . | C . . . |
"And I'm just, living in the sunshine..."
| F  . . . | F  . . . | C . . . | Am . . . |
| D7 . . . | D7 . . . | G . . . | G7 . . . |

Chorus

"And that's why its still a mystery to me..."
| Am . . . | Am . . . | G  . . . | G . . . |
| Am . . . | Am . . . | D7 . . . | G . . . |
"Whoa, but we're doing fine, we can travel and rhyme..."
| F . . . | F . . . | C . . . | Am . . . |
| F . . . | C . . . | G . . . | C  . . . |

Song Info

Song: Migration
Artist: Jimmy Buffett
Album: A1A
Year: 1974
Label: Dunhill

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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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