Death Of An Unpopular Poet Lyrics - Jimmy Buffett

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By: Jimmy Buffett
I once knew a poet
Who lived before his time
He and his dog Spooner
Would listen while he'd rhyme
Words to make ya happy
Words to make you cry
Then one day the poet suddenly did die

But he left behind a closet

Filled with verse and rhyme
And through some strange transaction
One was printed in the Times
And everybody's searchin'
For the king of undergound
Well they found him down in Florida
With a tombstone for a crown

Everybody knows a line
From his book that cost four ninety-nine
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
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 ol' hound
Growin' old on steak and bacon
In a doghouse ten feet 'round
And everybody wonders
Did he really lose his mind
No he was just a poet who lived before his time
He was just a poet who lived before his time

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One of Buffett's Best | Reviewer: Roads Scholar | 10/6/2007

"Songs You Know by Heart" lacks two of Jimmy's most profound tunes: "The Captain and the Kid" and "Death of an Unpopular Poet". It's a tragedy that they weren't included on the quintessential Buffet greatest hits compendium. Both these songs truly belong with "He Went to Paris" and "A Pirate Looks at Forty".

beautiful ballad | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/29/2005

this is a song that is a beautiful ballad. early in his career Buffett has the markings of the genius early fans had the pleasure of watching him go over the deep end

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