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Thread #72887   Message #1260494
Posted By: Ron Davies
31-Aug-04 - 04:46 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Door Number Three (Steve Goodman)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Door #3--Steve Goodman
Thanks so much for that missing line on Door #3, Buck and Mark. Gee, you guys are all too fast for me--I was going to post the whole song,( with the missing line added with my gratitude) last night. But I had a lot of pressure here at home to do other things.

Your instincts not to trust that other website were excellent, Mark.
It is intriguing how Jimmy Buffet changed the song (and coarsened it needlessly), as well as changing the attitude of the narrator, who after all had no cause to be annoyed at Monty (since he might even get his love requited!).

I far prefer the original, by Steve. I might well be reading too much into this, but it seems to illustrate the contrast between the two. Jimmy Buffet seems to be a one-- (very profitable)-trick pony. Margaritaville --a great fun song---has become a brand and his other songs continue this persona, though in my opinion, not up to the standard of Margaritaville. ( I'm sure he's crying all the way to the bank at my criticism.)

Steve, on the other hand, had it all--great melodies, "relevance" that didn't use the sledgehammer approach, unique perspectives (e.g. Banana Republics), and delightful wit--a true genius. What a loss that he's gone.