Jennings, Waylon - He Went To Paris Lyrics

He went to Paris lookin' for answers
To questions that bothered him so
He was impressive young and agressive
Savin' the world on his own.

Warm summer breezes French wine and cheeses
Put his ambition at bay
The summers and winters scattered like splinters
And four or five years slipped away.

He went to England played the piano
And married an actress named Kim
They had a good life she was a good wife
And bore him a young son named Jim.

All of the answers and all of the questions
He locked in his attic one day
'Cause he liked the quiet clean country livin'
And twenty more years slipped away.

War took his baby bombs killed his lady
And left him with only one eye
His body was battered his whole world was shattered
All he could do was just cry.

While the tears were fallin' he was recallin'
Answers that he never found
So he hopped in a freighter skidded the ocean
And left England without a sound.

Now he lives in the island fishes the pilin'
And drinks his green label each day
Writin' his memoirs losin' his hearin'
But he don't care what most people say.

After eighty-six years of perpetual motion
If he likes you he'll smile and say
Well, some of it's magic probably tragic
But I had a good life all the way.

He went to Paris lookin' for answers
To questions that bothered him so...

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  1. Scott Liegel

    Awesome, being from Florida,,, But who originally wrote it ?

  2. P Matthews

    Just when you get this song outta your head after many decades. With every nuance of heart that Mr. Buffet put in, you crave the story again. Wow, you think you’ll just pull that song up again, ...real quick listen.. You won’t cry this time. get Waylonized! 😍

    Michael Fisher

    Very, very fine cover!

  3. earthboundagain

    Wonderful cover.

  4. Doug Davis

    How cool would it be to have Waylon cover one of your songs.

  5. Victor Church

    He went to Paris is my favorite waylon Jennings song , was hard to find it

  6. Page Ribe

    One of my favorite Jimmy Buffett songs. Nice job, Waylon!

  7. Scott Greasey

    Bob Dylan said Jimmy was one of his favorite songwriters because of this song.

  8. Jennifer Harrison

    Lol who

  9. Scott Greasey

    Love it!!

  10. Eflat Major

    Much respect for Waylon always, but I like Buffett's original better. Waylon's version is too fast/busy. Starts out as a ballad but becomes midtempo. Not sure why he did it, but it detracts from the song...IMO.

  11. PonyBob Haslam

    Waylon WAS everyman.

  12. valleygirlknits

    Wow! I've loved this song since hearing it from Jimmy's album years ago. I had no idea that Waylon did it, too! Awesome! :)

  13. L man

    God he was Great, how i miss the days of the 70's.

  14. James Swanson

    Actually it is Waylon singing Jimmy and Waylon. They co-wrote the song.


    +James Swanson It would appear you're wrong

    James Swanson

    Oh I am never wrong...

    Joseph Markley

    Buffett wrote this apparently your streak ended

    Patrick Jordan

    no....they did not write the song together

    Ryan Hobson

    Waylon didnt co-write this song.

  15. Alan Helms

    I never expected to find this. Waylon sings Jimmy!?!?!?!? Amazing. Bookmarked forever.

    Trucker Kev The Paid Tourist

    Alan Helms Jimmy, Dire Straits, Bob Seger, Gerry Rafferty so many great songs Wayloned greatly thru yrs

    Marian Groover

    Listen to Waylon sing "Come With Me"

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  17. Forrest Miller

    so many similarities between Waylon and Jimmy. Very similar artistically

    Tex 52

    no where near the vocal range and depth nor near the musician

  18. paschal421

    Buffet great,but great version here also
    and great video!!!
    Happy Birthday Waylon!!!!!!

  19. Pretty Jay

    I got an album that had this song on it for 5 bucks in the value bin at wal mart. It's called "All American Country", maybe that'll help.

  20. Poortaxpayer

    I think this is my favorite J B song. Waylon has a lot of great memory songs for me too and this rendition was great to hear. Thank you for posting it. I've never heard him sing this before.

  21. docteambarber

    I can't find Waylon's rendition on iTunes...any suggestions?

  22. don92340

    I only know I like this one best, and I'd bet Waylon did it his way.

  23. Parrot1957

    Great version of a great song.
    You don't need to compare versions, enjoy them both.

  24. john9944

    There is nothing like him. I am a parrot head but even JB would admit that Waymore had a good take on this classic. There were a couple of production errors though. The instrumental change at the beginning of the second verse was distracting and the tag of the girls voices was not good. But, Waylon was his normal near perfect, one take self. Damn, I miss him so. If you want to hear great Waylon interpretation listen to "Learning the Game" off the Buddy Holly tribute album. It is fine.

  25. tcwf21496

    honestly i like the jimmy buffett version better

    Pat Stevens

    tcwf21496 yes me to but Waylon was great also

  26. insaneterrain

    waylon's version is the best!

  27. kathleen Ross

    Just gotta tell ya that there were afew times when I heard this song and was just so happy to stil be alive. Much Love Waylon!!

  28. C.J. Benoit

    Thanks, Ted. My family got me into all the good music.
    They would've made some damn fine music! I wonder if we could talk Shooter into doing something with Buffett now.

    No problem. Thanks for the great track!

  29. C.J. Benoit

    I'm a Parrothead AND a Waylon fan. This is nicely done, but I have the original somewhere (not bad for an 18-year-old, huh?) they both have their ups and downs in comparisons. I just wish Jimmy and Waylon could have done a duet on this one.

  30. Joseph McCarthy

    thats one the most rediculous statements ive ever read.