Jimmy Buffett - We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About Lyrics




I was supposed to have been a Jesuit priest or a Naval Academy grad
That was the way that my parents perceived me
Those were the plans that they had
Though I couldn't fit the part too dumb or too smart
Ain't it funny how we all turned out
I guess we are the people our parents warned us about

You know I could have worked the rigs when the money was big
Or hopped a freighter south to Trinidad
And when they tried to draft me I earned a college degree
Buyin' time till things were not so bad
But when I got a guitar found a job in a bar, playin' acid rock til I was numb
Tell me where are the flashbacks they all warned us would come.

We are the people they couldn't figure out
We are the people our parents warned us about

Hey hey, Gardner McKay, take us on the leaky Tiki with you
Clear skies bound for Shanghai, sailin' on the ocean blue

Now I got quarters in my loafers tryin' to fight inflation
When it only used to take a cent
Sometimes I wish I was back in my crashpad days before I knew what cash flow meant

Seems everybody's joggin' or heavy into health shit
Don't tell me that I ought to get rolffed

'Cause I love cajun martinis and playin' afternoon golf

We are the people there isn't any doubt
We are the people they still can't figure out
We are the people who love to sing "Twist and Shout"
(Shake it up, Baby now)
We are the people our parents warned us about.





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Jimmy Buffett We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About Comments
  1. Fvkin Amazed

    We are the people I warned my parents about.

  2. Suzanne Bodette

    Buffett was a Catholic?? No wonder I can relate to him. Catholic school and all. Funny thing is that I moved to Southern California and almost all my female friends are Catholic school grads. Cracks me up. We are like people in the program who can spot each other a mile away!

  3. Fvkin Amazed

    Sometimes I wish I was back in my crash pad days before I knew what Cash flow meant.

    Austin Leath

    Bring it back!

  4. Bradley Keats

    I collect Gold Dollars and burn my homework, I know I’m crazy!!!

  5. Elisa Polano

    Jimmy Buffett
    I was supposed to have been a Jesuit priest or a Naval Academy grad
    That was the way that my parents perceived me
    Those were the plans that they had
    Though I couldn't fit the part too dumb or too smart
    Ain't it funny how we all turned out
    I guess we are the people our parents warned us about
    You know I could have worked the rigs when the money was big Or hopped a freighter south to Trinidad
    And when they tried to draft me I earned a college degree
    Buyin' time till things were not so bad
    But when I got a guitar found a job in a bar, playin' acid rock til I was numb
    Tell me where are the flashbacks they all warned us would come.
    We are the people they couldn't figure out
    We are the people our parents warned us about
    Hey hey, Gardner McKay, take us on the leaky Tiki with you
    Clear skies bound for Shanghai, sailin' on the ocean blue
    Now I got quarters in my loafers tryin' to fight inflation
    When it only used to take a cent
    Sometimes I wish I was back in my crashpad days before I knew what cash flow meant
    Seems everybody's joggin' or heavy into health shit
    Don't tell me that I ought to get rolffed
    'Cause I love cajun martinis and playin' afternoon golf
    We are the people there isn't any doubt
    We are the people they still can't figure out
    We are the people who love to sing "Twist and Shout"
    (Shake it up, Baby now)
    We are the people our parents warned us about.

  6. John Tozzi

    Story of my life

  7. Sophia Willowood

    Growing up with a sailor for a dad I ended up being the person my mother warned me about; however, I'm exactly the person my dad told me to be :) I'll take it ;)

  8. Marcus Pennington

    Jimmy Buffett is an inspiration to me

  9. Jordan

    Just got my first real job out of college and my folks lectured me on saving for retirement. All I could think about was "don't tell me that I outta get a Roth!"

  10. Phil Wilson

    I looked in the mirror today and saw one of those people my parents warned me about.

  11. Randall Frank

    Now I've got Sacagawea dollars in my loafers.

  12. Pat Taylor

    Thanks Jimmy love you and your music. Hoping to get to Florida to come to one of you hotels. Please bring your music and way of life up to Toronto.

  13. Benny Natsch

    I used to sing along to this as a little kid now I'm 24 and thinking fuck I'm the guy my dad tried to warn me about ;)

    Toby48624

    Lets hang out :D

    rotorheadv8

    Back in 1987, I was a Heavy Assault Helicopter Pilot with a Special Operations Capable Marine Amphibious Unit in the Mediterranean off the coast of Lebanon. A friend sent me a large bumper sticker. It read “I’m the person your parents warned you about”. I stuck it to the inside of my side window in the cockpit. The young Marines could see it when they boarded. It got more than a few stares as I always gave them my most maniacal grin.

    Austin Leath

    Welcome to the club brother!

    Austin Leath

    I'm in Myrtle Beach SC if you wanna party down

  14. Lauren Sanders

    Self explanatory re: Catholics and school! Re: Nam, flashbacks...just listen!

  15. Alan Smith

    was my apparently failed attempt at being funny! :)

  16. Alan Smith

    oh please forgive, misunderstanding! When I said frugal I was speakin of Me, and not lettin them 2 beers go bad! :)

  17. Nancy Kelly

    Wow...my life!!!

  18. christine goetz

    ted badley..........

  19. christine goetz

    Better than all that              .         .                 .

  20. christine goetz

    hell sonny bro........

  21. christine goetz

    ancient I am your sister..........

  22. christine goetz

    USA mind of god

  23. christine goetz

    celebrating Pirates

  24. christine goetz

    so children beware ........arghhh

  25. Rick Westlake

    I'm doing my best to be one of "the people our parents warned us about," I might not be doing such a good job of it ... but I've got a thirty-foot "yacht" and I'm [planning on pushing my boundaries for "sailing away" this year. Hope you'll wish me luck!

  26. Greg Kelley

    We are the people our patents warned us about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Dancing Gunpowder

    Proud to be a part of the Jimmy Buffet Crew

    Sue T.

    if you actaually were, you would call yourself a PARROT HEAD

    Dancing Gunpowder

    More like a cool, chilling party Pirate Parrot Head

    Bob Davis

    Yes, I was a going to say, a proud Parrothead who needs to remember "Buffett" has two t's. I read somewhere someone asked him long ago, "Hey Jimmy, where's the food?" and he replied like "No food, it's just me." (But can you image a Parrotheads party with no food?)

  28. NetCerpher

    First time I heard this was before it was finished.  He only played the first 30 seconds or so.  Told us not to record it cos it wasn't copyrighted yet.

  29. Joey Wood

    we cant here in Saratoga ny that's why buffett wont vome to the capital region cause he wants people to tailgate but were not allowed,ive been to 2 toby keith concerts and a zac brown, I hate rap except for colt ford

  30. quickmatch1

    So true, my 90 year old dad is a huge fan, as are my tean age kids!

  31. quickmatch1

    Thank you! Enjoy the show... whis I could go...

  32. avitia67

    Great video collage. The ones I put together do not compare to yours. Heading off to Vegas for Buffett this weekend, and well, let's just say the video is a great way to start the weekend. Fins up!

  33. Joey Wood

    I started listening to jimmy when I was 8 im 17 now only time I listened to rap is when I was on my cruise from the 24th - today im home now

  34. The Obsesed Anime Freaks

    sad to say but democracies and republics eventually fall. but tag lasts forever. (music not so much but those childhood games, i think they are entwined in the DNA)

  35. DJYPSY ROADHOUSE

    Pleased to announce the publishing of my father, Gardner McKay's memoir with a beautiful foreword by Jimmy Buffett. Go to gardnermckay(dot)net and click on Journey Without A Map. Adventurers, enjoy!

  36. Joey Wood

    amen ,country and jimmy buffet forever

  37. Doodlesmom NC

    Love this song, not my total Buffett fav - I'm an old soul & love Tin Cup Chalice...but the beauty of it all is that a throw-away song by Jimmy is so way much better than the sh!t being made today...I love The Who but I'll be a ParrotHead forever....

  38. DAM FLA

    My Dad's fave was 'God's Own Drunk". Another RIP.

  39. Tony Paul

    Have to agree . What a way to live . Buffett has got me through some hard times. His music always brighten the day . Parrot Heads Rule

  40. Mark Reeder

    dunno if there is anyone cooler than mr buffett...if everyone followed him the world would be a much happier place...dat is for sher

  41. Steve Flanigan

    My Dad like listening to Buffett. This was his favorite. RIP Dad. I miss you.

  42. Dalyn Shoults

    I love this song!!!

  43. coralreeferman

    isn't any doubt-we are the people our parents warned us about! The absolute parrothead theme song for all time! do-do do -do do-do do do-seems I couldn't fit the part- too dumb or too smart- ain't it funny how it all turned out-I guess we are the people our parents warned us about.....sail across the ocean blue....do-do-do-do-dodododo.....