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Thread #150999 Message #3521440
Posted By: Ron Davies
01-Jun-13 - 12:23 AM
Thread Name: Margaritaville, most lucrative song ever
Subject: RE: Margaritaville, most lucrative song ever
I'm not sure, but I believe some--maybe a lot-- of Hemingway's self-loathing was based on the contradiction between his super-masculine image and his homosexuality.
Jimmy Buffet is a successful capitalist now--who back in the 70's had a song which encapsulated the dreams of lots of people to have a life vastly different from what they in fact had.
There doesn't really seem any connection--or any reason for self-loathing by either Buffet or the protagonist of "Margaritaville". You could see his statement (and the song) as thumbing his nose at the work ethic--an attitude which has a lot of resonance with many who feel stuck in a grind.
And I bet that's how lots of people see it---even if it's just in fantasy.