[[caption-width-right:320: Living & Dying in 3/4 Time.]]
->''"If life gives you limes, make margaritas."''

Think about the islands. Think about blue skies and sandy beaches. Think about escaping all the worries of your life and just relaxing under a big umbrella, holding a rum-based umbrella-garnished cocktail that's been served in a coconut shell. Now think about the music that's playing in the background. Chances are, you're thinking of Jimmy Buffett and his music right now.

James Delaney "Jimmy" Buffet (born on Christmas Day, 1946) is a well-known American singer-songwriter, performing what he calls "Gulf and Western" music, mixing influences of Country and Western with Folk and Carribean music. Among his most famous songs are "Margaritaville," "Come Monday,", "Fins,", "Volcano,", "A Pirate Looks at Forty,", "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Why Don't We Get Drunk," "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,", "One Particular Harbor", and "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" (a duet with Music/AlanJackson). Collectively, these songs are known as the "Big 10" among fans, and have been played at nearly every Buffett show ever.

But Buffett is not just a musician these days. He's also a restauranteur and an author. His two food chains, Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise are both named after hit songs. And recently in Miami, Dolphin Stadium was briefly renamed Land Shark Stadium (after the beer brand of the same name) under his sponsorship. His legion of devoted fans are referred to as Parrotheads.

Two of his novels, ''Tales from Margaritaville,'' and ''Where is Joe Merchant?'' topped the New York Times bestseller list. His non-fiction memoir ''A Pirate Looks At Fifty'' also occupied a top spot. He's also written another novel titled ''A Salty Piece Of Land,'' several children's books and is stated to be working on a sequel to his previous memoir.

Buffett's not shy about his fame, either. He's made cameos in everything from ''Film/JurassicWorld'' to ''Film/RepoMan'' to ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark.'' He's also lent his weight to several charities, most notably the Save the Manatee Club which is very active in Florida. He's also raised money for hurricane relief charities.

!!His Discography:
* ''Down to Earth''
* ''High Cumberland Jamboree''
* ''A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean''
* ''Living & Dying in 3/4 Time''
* ''[=A1A=]''
* ''Havana Daydreamin'''
* ''Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes''
* ''Son of a Son of a Sailor''
* ''Volcano''
* ''Coconut Telegraph''
* ''Somewhere Over China''
* ''One Particular Harbor''
* ''Riddles in the Sand''
* ''Last Mango in Paris''
* ''Floridays''
* ''Hot Water''
* ''Off to See the Lizard''
* ''Fruitcakes''
* ''Barometer Soup''
* ''Banana Wind''
* ''Don't Stop the Carnival''
* ''Beach House on the Moon''
* ''Far Side of the World''
* ''License to Chill''
* ''Take the Weather With You''
* ''Buffett Hotel''

!!Live Albums:
* ''You Had to Be There''
* ''Feeding Frenzy''
* ''Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays''
* ''Live in Auburn, WA''
* ''Live in Las Vegas, NV''
* ''Live in Mansfield, MA''
* ''Live in Cincinatti, OH''
* ''Live in Hawaii''
* ''Live at Fenway Park''
* ''Live at Texas Stadium''
* ''Live in Anguilla''
* ''Encores''
* ''Volcano - Live 2011''

!!Greatest Hits Albums and Collections:
* ''Songs You Know by Heart''
* ''Boats, Beaches, Bar, and Ballads''
* ''Before the Beach''
* ''Margaritaville Cafe: Late Night Menu''
* ''Margaritaville Cafe: Late Night Gumbo''
* ''Christmas Island''
* ''Great American Summer Fun With Jimmy Buffett''
* ''Biloxi''
* ''Meet Me in Margaritaville''
* ''Now Yer Squawkin'''

!!Jimmy Buffett provides examples of:

* APirate400YearsTooLate: TropeNamer, although he put it as ''200'' years too late.
* AlbumTitleDrop & TitleTrack: Both usually played straight. The former averted with ''Banana Wind'', which is an instrumental song. Averted with extreme prejudice on ''Living and Dying In 3/4 Time'', which is [[RefrainFromAssuming a lyric]] from a song on the album [=A1A=], which came out '''later'''.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Many of his songs, notably "Cheeseburger in Paradise":
-->I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes!
** Audiences shout "Of salt! Of salt! Of salt!" after there's a brief pause in the line "Looking for my lost shaker of salt," in "Margaritaville".
** There's also the 'Fins to the left, fins to the right' hand gesture during live performances of "Fins."
** Jimmy stops to let the audience sing "smoking marijuana" and "learn how to score" in "Pencil Thin Mustache" and also the lyric "all alone and crying" in "Grapefruit Juicyfruit".
* AuthorAppeal: Pop quiz: Quick, name one, single Jimmy Buffett song which doesn't mention liquor at any point. It's even [[LampshadeHanging explicitly referenced]] in the duet with Alan Jackson, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" [[note]]Possible answers include: "The Rocket That Grandpa Rode", "Oysters and Pearls", and possibly "Einstein Was a Surfer" (it does mention "singers in bars".) [[/note]]
* TheBandMinusTheFace: His band, The Coral Reefers. Averted with Mac [=McAnally=], who is a well known session musician, producer and songwriter, and Nadira Shakoor, who is a Grammy-nominated singer in her own right with her own discography, but who now tours almost exclusively with Buffett.
* TheCameo: He has many, including as a pirate in ''Film/{{Hook}}'', as himself in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', a Margaritaville patron in "Film/JurassicWorld", and as a teacher in "Film/{{Hoot}}".
* ChekhovsVolcano: "Volcano", talking about the Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat. At the time the song was written, the volcano was dormant, but Jimmy Buffett talked about "''when'' the volcano blow", [[GenreSavvy taking it as a given that it would erupt again]]. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment The volcano became active again in 1995 with a big eruption, and is still active now.]]
* CoolOldGuy: He's 70 but is hip enough to be half his age.
* CoolUncle: In "The Pascagoula Run", he sings about his "black sheep" Uncle Billy, who had made it rich while traveling around the world. When Billy came back home to Mississippi, he immediately went on a 24-hour bar-hopping run to all his old haunts and invited his nephew Jimmy to come along. According to Buffett, this all actually happened back when he was 17.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His first two albums are rather conventional '70s singer-songwriter efforts that sound nothing like the rest of his catalog, causing most fans to [[FanonDiscontinuity disregard their existence altogether]].
* ElvisImpersonator: His song, "Elvis Imitators," which is sung in ''that'' style.
* EverybodyHatesMathematics: "Math Suks"
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Several, most notably the 7x platinum-selling ''Songs You Know by Heart''.
* HawaiianShirtedTourist
* HopeSpringsEternal: "Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On" is a TearJerker tribute to New Orleans and what it endured during Hurricane Katrina, but the constant message of the song is that in the end, there is always hope.
-->''If a hurricane doesn't leave you dead''
-->''It will make you strong''
-->''Don't try to explain it. Just nod your head''
-->''Breathe in, breathe out, move on''
* IntercourseWithYou: "Why Don't We Get Drunk," written because he was tired of all the [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]] for sex in songs
* InTheStyleOf: "Elvis Imitators," sung in the style of...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, just who you would imagine]].
* JailBait: "15 will get you 20" on a "Livingston Saturday Night." Not one of the Big 10, [[SarcasmMode oddly enough,]] but his concert scene of it in the mostly forgotten TheLastDJ movie from The Seventies, ''FM'', is one of that picture's highlights. It even made the soundtrack album.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: In 2004, he did a cover of Music/HankWilliams' "Hey Good Lookin'" that featured guest vocals from Music/ClintBlack, Music/KennyChesney, Music/AlanJackson, Music/TobyKeith, and Music/GeorgeStrait.
* OnlyInFlorida: We named our major football stadium "Land Shark Stadium"
** Hell, it's practically an in-joke amongst Floridians, saying that natives are required by law to like him.
* PopStarComposer: He wrote the soundtrack for the film ''Hoot''.
* PrecisionFStrike: "West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gowns".
* PunBasedTitle: Many of his albums have these, as can be seen above.
* RealMenEatMeat: "Cheeseburger in paradise".
* RefrainFromAssuming: "And Screw" is not part of the title of "Why Don't We Get Drunk."
* RockOpera: ''Don't Stop the Carnival'', based on a novel by Herman Wouk.
* SequelSong: [[WordOfGod According to Buffett himself]], Frankie and Lola Dupree -- the main characters in the song "Frankie and Lola" -- who are trying to rebuild their marriage by going "on a second honeymoon in Pensacola", are the same mutually cheating couple depicted in his earlier song, "Who's the Blonde Stranger." While he never wrote a third song revealing whether their attempt to fix their marriage worked, Buffett likes to say that he's "hopeful that love conquers all."
* TakeThat: The line 'And I hope Anita Bryant never ever does one of my songs', from the song "Manana" At the time "Manana" came out, Anita Bryant (another Florida singer who specialized in Muzak versions of pop tunes, among other things) was campaigning to repeal a local ordinance in Dade County, Florida, that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; Buffett was one of her most vocal opponents.
* WanderlustSong/TheWorldIsJustAwesome: "Far Side of the World" is a travelogue song about various memorable moments the singer has had with local people in different parts of the world and how much he loves traveling.
* WhatWouldXDo: From "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere":
-->''"I could pay off my tab/Pour myself in a cab/And be back to work before two/At a moment like this/I can't help but wonder/What would Jimmy Buffett do?"''
** "Funny you should ask that"
** Also in "Take It Back":
-->''"We ask ourselves when we get in a fix''
-->''What would {{Popeye}} do in a tight spot like this?"''