Mike Nesmith, a member of The Monkees, once told Buffett about a man he ran into down in Baja who is the unknown inspiration for this song. During the Baja race, Mike broke down in the middle of nowhere and went to a small village to wait for his repair team. He ran into an American - a fisherman who lived in a small hut with what he called "the essentials." He had a collection of Buffett's albums, packaged margarita mix from America, an old Waring blender, and a tape recorder hooked up to a peculiar power system made out of a Honda generator and a Sears Die Hard battery.
It seems he would fish all week, and on Friday night, he and his friends would hook up the blender and tape player and make margaritas while they sang along to Buffett's songs. This ceremony would last until the gas for the generator dried up. Buffett got the inspiration to write this while he was in Isla Mujeres, a small island near Cancun, where life had escaped most of the twentieth century. The tough part was rhyming "Die Hard," but, with a few inspiring margaritas, the word came. This is one of his favorite songs.
Ken - LaSalle, Canada