He Went to Paris
|"He Went to Paris"|
|Single by Jimmy Buffett|
|from the album A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean|
|A-side||"He Went to Paris"|
|B-side||"The Great Peanut Butter Conspiracy"|
|Genre||Country, Gulf and Western|
D-4385 (U.S., 7")
|Jimmy Buffett singles chronology|
"He Went to Paris" is a song written and performed by American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It was first released on his 1973 album A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean and was his fourth and final single from that album. Although it never placed on the charts, it's become one of his most popular songs, having appeared on several of his greatest hits compilations.
Buffett wrote the song about musician Eddie Balchowsky, a one-armed Spanish Civil War veteran he met while playing in Chicago. On the live album You Had to Be There, Buffett mentions this as a favorite song he wrote.
The song appears on Songs You Know By Heart, a greatest hits compilation that includes Buffett's concert favorites ranging from 1973 to 1979. However, "He Went to Paris" was the only song off that album that Buffett rarely played live, until he found out that Bob Dylan likes the song and decided to start playing it on a more frequent basis. Buffett included a live version, recorded in Paris, France in 2009, on his album "Encores".
- Video of Eddie Balchowsky
- May Term Long Memory Utah Phillips
- Eddie Balchowsky and The Spanish Civil War
- Explanation on Buffett's web site Archived March 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Song statistics at setlist.fm
- Bob Dylan Exclusive Interview: Reveals His Favorite Songwriters, Thoughts On His Own Cult Figure Status