The road ends, but the journey continues...

Come Monday. That’s Today.

I cannot get past the coincidence of today’s Labor Day Monday and the Come Monday Monday also being a Labor Day Monday. It pushed me over the edge of posting on this Monday, Monday. But then, that’s a different Monday entirely!

While I like me a fine Margarita, this song (and video) by the late Jimmy Buffett is more reflective of the mellower times I remember in the 70s. Since it became a hit in 1978, I can imagine & remember the early days of being a newlywed. And our time as a couple with a newborn living in the Bay Area shortly thereafter.

Hubby was the country/cross-over fan, introducing me to Jimmy, Waylon and Willie! ?

Of those three, I’d say Jimmy was the one who grew into a good lookin’ old guy – respectfully written I assure you.

RIP Jimmy – an everyday musician who didn’t let his unexpected fame (via that other hit song) spoil his joyful, gentle, persona.

On a side note: I hope this Labor Day ushers in cooler weather for everyone. Take care, all!


  1. Annika Perry

    Laura, I’m obviously very late to Jimmy Buffet as I’ve never heard this song before but immediately enraptured by its soft mellow tones. What a humble guy and I enjoyed his intro to the video – glad the model girlfriend became his wife!

    No special weekend for us in the UK but a calm start to Autumn with temperatures in low 20s which is perfect!

    • laura bruno lilly

      It’s never too late to be introduced to new tunes! Isn’t the cooler weather just heavenly?

      • Annika Perry

        Well, we haven’t had a hot summer but I consider ourselves lucky when so many had it very hot, or the fires and then the floods. July and August were very cool and grey but September saw some sun! I hear the relief in you, Laura and happy you can relax in the cooler climes.

        • laura bruno lilly

          Thanks, Annika!

  2. Khaya Ronkainen

    Beautifully observed. <3

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, Khaya.

  3. Marty

    Aw, this was sweet. I was never a huge fan, but I also admired him for being authentic.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yes, authentic is an apt descriptor – and one not easily attached to those in the limelight.

  4. deborahbrasket

    Yes, Buffet was a staple for us when we were sailing, his songs capturing so much of the fun and wonder of the cruising life. Listening to him now brings it back so vividly. How I miss all that and am so grateful to him for capturing the sailing spirit in song for all of us.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh, of course I can see the connection for you on his music! A classic case of how music ushers in certain times in our life…and aids in our remembrances of things past in our present.

  5. tierneycreates: a fusion of textiles and smiles

    Oh my goodness – I didn’t know he passed!
    A Pirate Looks at Forty is one of my favorite songs of all time. I enjoyed the Come Monday video. Sad…bye Jimmy and thanks for the music!

    • laura bruno lilly

      HA! A true personality reveal, Tierney!

  6. zippyquilts

    Yep, love all those guys.

  7. Ally Bean

    I like Jimmy Buffet’s sound and approach to life: “changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes, nothing remains quite the same.” Oddly enough when I read that he was gone the first lyrics that popped into my head were, “Earl’s dead, Cadillac of sale.” Somehow I think JB would get a kick out of that.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Good one, Ms Bean!

  8. Jennie

    He was one of the greats, and played music that made everyone feel good.

    • laura bruno lilly

      We just need feel good music at times, don’t we?

      • Jennie


  9. piecefulwendy

    It’s strange to be at the age where so many of the performers we knew are passing away. This has always been one of my favorite songs. Thanks for sharing the video. He seemed like a kind, humble man.

  10. petespringerauthor

    I can’t say I was ever a big Jimmy Buffett fan, but I have many friends who attended his concerts. I’m wondering if I ever saw him until this video. It was cool to learn the backstory of Come Monday.

    • laura bruno lilly

      I’m with you, never into Jimmy really – but I appreciate the role of any working musician who gains the spotlight and yet remains true to themselves and continuing on to do good on a grander scale due to that ‘fame’.

  11. Jane's Heartsong

    I read a tribute by Paul McCartney, who was a friend who liked and respected Jimmy Buffet. A lot of musicians felt the same and gave high praises for this man. The song you featured had good lyrics and was so mellow.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yes, and I read Paul McCartney sang for/to him during his final days in hospice care.

  12. rl2b2017

    Hi Laura! RIP, Jimmy Buffet. I never attended one of his concerts but have always been a fan. He seemed like a kind soul. I think Margaritaville was a surprise hit for him but it certainly became his brand and earned him recognition. It’s sad for me to think he has passed when he was so young – the closer I get to 76, I think that’s WAY too young to die. I hope you’re doing well, my friend. Happy Labor Day to you and yours. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

    • laura bruno lilly

      I agree about the age-thing. It seems many have passed in their 70s recently.

  13. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet

    Thanks, Laura, for this tribute to Jimmy Buffet and laid-back music. video. Hope your holiday has been joyful! <3

    • laura bruno lilly

      It’s certainly been eventful! You, too, Cheryl.

  14. Marie A Bailey

    Thanks for sharing the video! I wasn’t much of a fan of Buffet. To be honest, I thought his songs (only two because radio stations played them over and over and over) were silly. Growing up in land-locked central NY State, I just couldn’t relate. But today I read a tribute to Buffet by a local marine lab. I had no idea that he had supported that lab and was friends with the founders, Jack and Anne Rudloe. That plus the video (really love his voice) have turned me into a “Parrothead” 😉

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yeah, I like this sort of thing – thanks for sharing, Marie!

  15. L. Marie

    My sister-in-law announced on the family text stream that he had passed. RIP indeed! And Happy Labor Day Monday, Laura!

    • laura bruno lilly

      You, too, L.Marie!

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