Jimmy Buffett Teams Up With Eli Young Band for "Fins Up" Version of "Saltwater Gospel"
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The Eli Young Band has dropped a new "Fins Up" version of their 2016 single "Saltwater Gospel" that co-stars none other than swashbuckling icon Jimmy Buffett. "To have Jimmy Buffett now sing on it was just surreal," Young tells People. "The ocean has always been his muse and for him to grace us on this project has been amazing." Meanwhile, the 73-year-old Buffett says he's loved the song since it first came out, so when asked to join on a new version, he "said yes immediately." Buffett also says, "I love the band. I love the fact that they have great roots in Denton, Texas, and [University of North Texas] and I can't wait to get on the road one day and play it with them." The "Fins Up" version ends with Buffett softly singing "Mother, mother ocean"--the first line of his 1974 track, "A Pirate Looks at 40."