Jimmy Buffett - Pacing The Cage Lyrics

Sunset is an angel weeping
Holding out a bloody sword
No matter how I squint I cannot
Make out what it's pointing toward
Sometimes you feel like you've lived too long
The days drip slowly on the page
And you catch yourself
Pacing the cage

I've proved who I am so many times,
The magnetic strip's worn thin
And each time I was someone else
And everyone was taken in.
Powers chatter in high places
Stir up eddies in the dust of rage
Set me to pacing the cage.

I never knew what you all wanted
So I gave you everything.
All that I could pillage
All the spells that I could sing
It's as if the thing were written
In the constitution of the age
Sooner or later you'll wind up
Pacing the cage

Sometimes the best map will not guide you
You can't see what's round the bend.
Sometimes the road leads through dark places
Sometimes the darkness is your friend.
Today these eyes scan bleached-out land,
For the coming of the outbound stage
Pacing the cage...

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  1. Doug Lloyd

    My family heads down to Gulf Shores every fall to fish Mobile Bay. On a cold winter day in my office I put this video on and for a few minutes it’s like coming home. Thanks Jimmy.

  2. Redwood Lightning rod

    Hey Tim cain I hope you hear this goddamn fucking song loud and clear

  3. nancy morrow

    I played this at my husband's funeral,10yrs. gone.He was only 57.Sure do miss him. RIP Phil.

    Michelle Clark

    So sorry Nancy. Lost my Husband this month in 2015. Big hugs. This was one of favorite songs.

    Michelle Clark

    Btw, my Husband was 57 when he passed

    Bebe T


  4. KB KB

    Would anyone know why you can,t find this cover on iTunes? By the way JB,s song "Oyster's & Pearls from the same album can,t be found either

    Bebe T

    I'm having trouble finding it anywhere. Any luck? I think it was Beach House on the Moon.

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  6. Michelle Clark

    Lost my Husband in 2015. This song explains him so well. Till we meet again♡

    henree simp

    That is so true you will meet him again iam into the spirut world and doing evp sesions like wagner itc and hope paranormal and steve heff on youtube check them out the spirits clearly say we are in heaven but we are with you all all the time you have to look for orbs thats your loved ones and alot of them say when you die and your soul leaves the body your loved one say your husband is right there to greet you in the spirit world and he then will take you on a journey to meet the rest of your loved ones and show you around heaven and how beautiful it is and all the cool things you can do now like zip around wherever you want to go you can see perfect and hear and no more sickness you are brand new again.

  7. trfesok

    I put the Cockburn original and this cover in my Buffett playlist. Thanks for the upload -- I really like Buffett's low key vocals here.

    Geo T

    I heard this version first and still think it's the best, though it's not a contest.

  8. cappyandpegody

    Very NICE, BRKON! You have a poetic soul, as well. Not sure when we'll be up in Maine territory, but we surely enjoyed it! We took photos and videos, but haven't gotten around to doing anything with them to show the beauty of our trip through your neighborhood...(You live up that way, right?)

  9. cappyandpegody

    Not sure if we answered you BRKONTHRU2, but nope, the oil spill didn't affect us personally. Unfortunately, a lot of the misery for the folks who live along the coastline doesn't really get reported at great length unless it somehow affects the populous of New Orleans. Sometimes the good, hearty, hard-working people who have had to be so resiliant throughout their history, feel as though they are almost invisible, as you have rightly suggested.

  10. cappyandpegody

    Thanks you, Netzac! Glad you liked our video/slideshow. Cappy sure does take some cool photos. It's my fun to weave them together to the words of songs.

  11. Netzac Trizacon

    Are you kiddin' me man. That is awesome. Love the bow breaker shot! Peace.

  12. cappyandpegody

    Yeah, it's been rough for the New Orleans area for the last few years, but our little town hasn't been touched by all the calamity, thank The Lord! Thanks for thinking about us! Hope all is good wherever you are.

  13. cappyandpegody

    Aww thanks! He's so talented and we have just about every CD he's ever made.

  14. Wen Steines

    LOVE this...thanks. Huge Jimmy fan, and this is one of my top favorite songs. :)

  15. cappyandpegody

    Thanks guys for your comments. Ok, Steve, will do.

  16. TheSteveEL

    As a water person, sailor, nature lover, and huge fan of Jimmy and Bruce Cockburn, this really resonated with me. Bruce's lyrics and Jimmy's styling are a perfect match. Thanks for putting it together. I put together a video for some friends of a trip we that made recently to South Padre Island, Texas. It has another one of my favorite Jimmy songs... A Pirate Looks at 40. Check it out if you wish on my channel TheSteveEL, SCAUG-South Padre Island 2012

  17. Judy Schroeder

    Wow. Cannot believe had not heard this before. It brings tears to my eyes and yet I cannot stop listening to it. Thanks to Ken Hoffman for his recommendation in the Sunday paper!

  18. markrm16

    Jimmy's cover is good, but the original by Cockburn is better. Check it out.


    markrm16 Cockburn is ok but he lacks the depth and tone that Buffett gives the piece.

  19. diverguy2583

    i miss working on the water... id go back in a heartbeat but i would have to leave my wife and kids.

  20. cappyandpegody

    Yeah, you are right about that !! Thanks for the comment :-)

  21. Dallas Nyberg

    Jimmy's song take me back to the 1970's - life seemed a lot better then

  22. cappyandpegody

    Wow, merkavamkii...you and elletsco seem to be saying the same thing which I think is great. I'd love to see other people's slideshow interpretations of this song...their lives put to this beautiful song. So with that, I will go look to see if there are others. Thanks for the comment! :-)

  23. cappyandpegody

    I think you are right, elletsco, although I never thought about it that way. Now I'm wondering about other people's interpretations in photos...their lives. Thanks for the food for thought.

  24. cappyandpegody

    We had a great time yesterday; the crowd for his show was...well...a sea of humanity. We took some pics and Cappy is in the process of making a little slideshow of the Jazz Fest, but I like your idea of the Shelter or Changing Channels. Will seriously look into it.Thanks for the great idea.

  25. cappyandpegody

    Thank you for your wonderful comments, fellow parrot-head. Oh and btw, we will be "fins up!" this Saturday afternoon at the New Orleans Jazz Fest...ain't we lucky :-p

  26. cappyandpegody

    Why thank you so much! You just made our day. (((U)))