Incommunicado

by Jimmy Buffett, M.L. Benoit, and Deborah McColl

from the album Coconut Telegraph


Lyrics

Travis McGee’s still in Cedar Key
That’s what John McDonald said
My rendezvous so long overdue
With all of the things I’ve sung and read
They still apply to me, they all make sense in time

But now I’m incommunicado
Driving by myself down the road with a hole in it
Songs with no bravado
Takin’ the long way home

Now on the day that John Wayne died
I found myself on the continental divide
Tell me where do I go from here?
Think I’ll ride into Leadville and have a few beers
Think of “Red River”, “Liberty Valence” can’t believe
the old man’s gone

But now he’s incommunicado
Leaving such a hole in a world that believed
That a life with such bravado
Was taking the right way home

So when I finished the last line
I put the book by itself on the shelf
With my heart in it
Never wasting time takin’ the right way home
I know I’m never wastin’ time
Findin’ the right way home

Still I am incommunicado
Livin’ next door to a leg with a pin in it
And a life with such bravado
Just taking the right way home

Tryin’ to make it
Tryin’ to fake it
Tryin’ to take it home

Tryin’ to make it
Tryin’ to fake it
Tryin’ to take it home

I know, I’m tryin’ to make it
Sometimes I fake it
Tryin’ to take it home

All I’m doin is, tryin’ to make it
Tryin’ to fake it
Tryin’ to take it home

But now I’m incommunicado

Jimmy’s Note:

The day John Wayne died, I drove to the top of Independence Pass above Aspen and walked along the Continental Divide. Somehow Travis McGee crept into my mind as I pondered the incredible vista. After a Mexican meal in Leadville, I wrote this song on the way back to Aspen.

For the Duke and Travis McGee.