Jimmy Buffett Shares Throwback Photo, ‘Hopin For Better Days’

by Will Shepard
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One of the most legendary country musicians, Jimmy Buffett is getting a little nostalgic. Today, January 15, he shares a throwback photo of his “Floridays” song cover, along with some lyrics to his song.

Jimmy Buffett released the song and the album, Floridays, in June of 1986. At the time, this was the fifteenth album that he had released.

However, the album did not do as well as some of his other albums. The album peaked at number 32 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums. Nonetheless, the title song did a little better, peaking at number 29. Additionally, the song spent 10 weeks on the Billboard chart.

Better Days Coming for Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett is undoubtedly looking forward to better days. While these days may refer to non-quarantine days or maybe days in the snow, it isn’t clear what he is directly referencing.

What is clear though, is that this song and its title are taken from a collection of poetry. In particular, it is from a 1941 collection by Don Blanding. The song and album have the same name as the collection of poetry.

More importantly, though, this Jimmy Buffett album marks the real shift to country music. Even though the two albums before this also have a country sound, this song and album really take the full step back to his 1970s and early 80s music.

Certainly, this shift back to the music he was making then was welcomed by his fans. Country music just isn’t the same without Jimmy Buffet contributing albums like Floridays.

Interestingly, the album has a wide range of musical instruments in each song. While this is typical of Jimmy Buffett’s music, there are several songs with strings and horns in them.

Perhaps even cooler, though, is that his daughter, Savannah Jane Buffett, is credited on the album. She plays the mini-conga for some of the songs on the album.

Sadly, this album was the last album to feature Jimmy Buffett’s trademark mustache. After this album, and before he put out Hot Water in 1988, he shaved his mustache off. That said, though, later on in his life, he has grown the wonderful mustache back.

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