Jimmy Buffett - Sending The Old Man Home Lyrics

They're sending the old man home
Back where the buffalo roam
Out in Pacific they say he was the best
Now he's in his "civies" headin' home like all the rest

He'll never forget Rosa Lee
Or sleepless nights he fought upon the sea
He'll only have the memories
Or great books by James Jones
`Cause they're sending the old man home

Far away
Far away
Another life so very far away

They'll tear down the officers clubs
And write off the overdue subs
So let's drink to their memories
Our heroes and our pals
To those crazy navy flyers
To those swell Hawaiian gals

The sailors will dance in the street
Then they'll mothball the whole damn fleet
We'll only have the picture books
Of land and sea and foam

`Cause they're sending the old man home

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  1. Randall James

    I used to listen to this cassette before bed as a kid (the only one I owned!). This song was the last song on the second side, so was the last thing I'd hear before drifting off. Such a simple song, but so sad, soothing, and special.

  2. kath nh

    This is one of my favorites by Jimmy Buffett. In the first shows I attended, as an encore, he'd come out with just his guitar, and send it by himself, with nothing accompanying him but his guitar. Then a few years later, his voice wasn't good enough to sing alone and during the encore, Mac would come out with him.
    About fifteen years ago, he had his first vocal lessons, because he was smart enough to tell that he was losing his voice. The difference was amazing, and I'll bet he could sing it alone again.