Grapefruit—Juicy Fruit

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"Grapefruit—Juicy Fruit"
Single by Jimmy Buffett
from the album A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean
A-side "Grapefruit—Juicy Fruit"
B-side "I Have Found Me a Home"
Released 1973
Format 7"
Recorded 1973
Genre Country, Gulf and Western
Length 2:57
Label Dunhill
D-4385 (U.S., 7")
Songwriter(s) Jimmy Buffett
Producer(s) Don Gant
Jimmy Buffett singles chronology
"They Don't Dance Like Carmen No More"
"Grapefruit—Juicy Fruit"
"He Went to Paris"
"They Don't Dance Like Carmen No More"
"Grapefruit—Juicy Fruit"
"He Went to Paris"

"Grapefruit—Juicy Fruit" is a song written and performed by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It was first released on his 1973 album A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean and was his third single from that album. The single reached #23 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart in September 1973.[1]

The song appears on Songs You Know By Heart, a greatest hits compilation that includes Buffett's concert favorites ranging from 1973 to 1979. It is played very frequently in concert, but is not a concert staple.[2]


Buffett wrote the song in Key West, Florida at a time when he would play in a bar called Howie's Lounge in the afternoon and work on a fishing boat at night. He would meet young tourist girls riding the Conch Tour Train and take them to the drive-in theater. They would have some purple passion mixed up in a jug, and if mixed correctly the dates would claim they couldn't taste any alcohol, to which Buffett would reply, "That's the point."[3]

On the live album You Had to Be There, Buffett mentions that one of the movies he took a date to see was Payday.

In "The Parrot Head Handbook," which accompanies the box set Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads, Buffett says of the song: "The places was the Islander Drive-In theatre, and the movie was Payday starring Rip Torn. The girl was from St. Petersburg, Florida, and she was running away from a bad boyfriend. The popcorn was salty, and the beer was cold.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 23
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 47


  1. ^ (September 29, 1973). "Billboard Top 50 Easy Listening", Billboard, p. 40. Convenience link.
  2. ^ "Songs Played the Most" at
  3. ^ "Grapefruit—Juicy Fruit performance from Live by the Bay" on YouTube.

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