Saturday, August 1, 2009

Livingston Saturday Night ...

The town of Livingston and the Paradise Valley to the south have been favored homes for well-known literary and creative folks for decades, now. That phenomenon was perhaps at its peak back in the 1970s and early 80s, highlighted by the presence of intriguing men like Richard Brautigan and Sam Peckinpah in Park County.

Another person who hung out in Livingston back then was the singer Jimmy Buffet, who wrote a number of songs with definite Montana themes. Here are the opening lyrics for one called "Livingston Saturday Night," which was written for the soundtrack of an under-appreciated 1975 movie called Rancho Deluxe. Buffet re-recorded the song three years later for his album Son of a Son of a Sailor.
You got your Tony Lama's on, your jeans pressed tight,
You take a few tokes, make you fell all right,
Rockin' and a rollin' on a Livingston Saturday Night.

Pickup's washed and you just got paid.
With any luck at all you might even get laid,
'Cause they're pickin' and a-kickin'
on a Livingston Saturday Night.


  1. There is just something about a summer evening in Livingston. It such a great vibe when the neon signs come on and the sun is setting on the Crazies. I would say Mr. Buffet nailed it.

  2. I agree completely ... though I'm not a Country-Western type in the least. I think more about warm summer evenings at Mark's In and Out Drive In, or something ... :)