I've done a bit of smugglin' and I've run my share of grass
I made enough money to buy Miami, but I pissed it away so fast
Never meant to last, never meant to last
One of Jimmy Buffett's most famous songs, "A Pirate Look at 40," is about Phil Clark, a smuggler he knew in Key West. According to Songfacts, "Clark was a modern-day pirate, described in various accounts as a smuggler, a mercenary, a drug runner and an adventurer."
Buffett: "I was never the damn pirate."
"A Pirate Look at 40" appears on Buffett's 1975 album, A1A, was a concert staple with his Coral Reefer Band and the title of his 2000 book. It peaked at No. 101 on the charts. The Mississippi-born singer passed away on September 1 at 76.
Buffett was featured in the Dec. 1976 issue of High Times.
Asked by Rolling Stone in 1996 if he ever did any smuggling, Buffett repiled:
"Nah. I was around a lot of pot and came close, but luckily music became the option."
In 1998, he told Time:
"I had never been a dope dealer. I was hangin' in the bars, tryin' to be cool. I was never the damn pirate."
Buffett missed several concerts in May and June due medical issues. His death is being attributed to skin cancer lymphoma.