Fins - Jimmy Buffett
Song Lyrics / Chart History / Artist Information

  • Written by Jimmy Buffett, along with Coral Reefer Band members Deborah McColl and Barry Chance, and Florida native and mystery writer Tom Corcoran
  • Originally performed by Jimmy Buffett (born 12/25/46 in Pascagoula Mississippi) and the Coral Reefer Band
  • Despite it's popularity, it only reached #35 on the Top 40 charts back in 1979
  • It also charted at #42 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart
  • It was Jimmy Buffett's last Top 40 hit before the success of "It's 5:00 Somewhere" in 2003
  • One of the most popular songs in the Jimmy Buffett repertoire, it is one of the so called "Big 8" of songs that are performed at almost every live performance
  • In live performance it is usually preceded by the theme from Jaws, followed by the command "FINS UP!", where everyone in the audience raises their arms simulating a shark fin.  It is a signature move that help define the Jimmy Buffett fans, affectionately known as "Parrotheads"
  • Originally released on the album "Volcano"

A sample of this song as performed by Oracle is available by clicking on either of the links below.  The RealAudio file will stream to your computer rather quickly assuming you have the RealAudio player installed.  The MP3 file must download completely first, but is of a higher audio quality.
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Other information and lyrics of Jimmy Buffett, also performed by Oracle Band:

Song Lyrics - Fins

She came down from Cincinnati
It took her three days on the train
Lookin' for some peace and quiet
Hoped to see the sun again

But now she lives down by the ocean
She's takin' care to look for sharks
They hang out in the local bars
And they feed right after dark

Can't you feel 'em circlin', honey?
Can't you feel 'em swimmin' around?
You got fins to the left, fins to the right
And you're the only bait in town

Oh oh
Oh oh
You got fins to the left, fins to the right
And you're the only girl in town

She's saving up all of her money
Wants to head it south in May
Maybe roll in the sand with a rock 'n' roll man
Somewhere down Montserrat way

But the money's good in the season
Helps to lighten up her load
Boys keep her high as the months go by
She's getting postcards from the road

Can't you feel 'em closin' in, honey?
Can't you feel 'em schoolin' around?
You got fins to the left, fins to the right
And you're the only girl in town

Sailed off to Antigua
It took her three days on a boat
Lookin' for some peace and quiet
Maybe keep her dreams afloat

But now she feels like a remora
'Cause the school's still close at hand
Just behind the reef are the big white teeth
Of the sharks that can swim on the land

Can't you feel 'em circlin', honey?
Can't you feel 'em schoolin' around?
You got fins to the left, fins to the right
And you're the only bait in town
You got fins to the left, fins to the right
And you're the only girl in town

Note that the lyrics posted here are those as interpreted and performed by The Oracle Band. In a few cases we have taken some liberties with the lyrics to make them more appropriate for tasteful gatherings. Their use here is intended as an aid for people in selecting music for their wedding reception or private party, and may not be reproduced for any commercial, for-profit use.

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