First Look

by Jimmy Buffett

from the album Floridays


Lyrics

Fun tickets in my pocket, visions in my brain
Grand father always told me it I went down
I might never come back again

I studied the language tapes
And I read all the books
Still nothing prepared me for my
Very First Look

It was my First Look
Baby that’s all it took
Was my First Look
Around

I think I want to go flyin’
But I don’t want to leave the ground
So I’ll just cruise on my landing gear
And taxi round Rio town
Up to the mountains, down to the sea
Take me to Leblon where the samba queen
Waits for me

It was my First Look
That’s when I swallowed the hook
On my First Look
Around

Amora premiera vista
Voce no kier queo insisto
Amora premiera vista
Reacion quimica

Amora premiera vista
Voca no kier queo insista
Amora premiera vista
Reacion quimica

Six days later I was felling like a missing link
When my friends told me hey Jimmy
It must have been the hoodlum drink
Now it’s time for siestas
And a belly full of rice and beans
And figure if I’m brave enough
To repeat the whole crazy scene

On my First Look
That’s when I swallowed the hook
On my First Look around

Amora premiera vista
Voce no kier queo insista
Amora premiera vista
Reacion quimica

Amora premiera vista
Voca no kier queo insista
Amora premiera vista
Reacion quimica

Jimmy’s Note:

I ran away from home a lot, from the time I was twelve until now. On this particular occasion, my wife and I were separated, and I took off for Rio to go to the carnival. I went for six days, and stayed three weeks. On Mardi Gras morning, I was standing on a hang-glider launching platform, looking at Rio below me as the sun came up. That is where I started the song, and I finished it after being taught the Portuguese by my friend Angela Brum who lives in Leblon.