The Late Late Show with James Corden
McConaughey was a guest on the show alongside country star Reba McEntire and the king of Margaritaville himself, Jimmy Buffett. The trio sat together for a segment in which they each showed off talents that fans may or may not have known they possessed.
Jimmy Buffett was the first to who the crowd that not only can he sing, but he can also play a mean trombone. Reba followed by showing off her roping skills, a talent carried over from her early days competing in rodeos, by roping Matthew.
When it was the Dazed and Confused actor’s turn to show off his hidden talent, Corden challenged him to sing Buffett’s song “Margaritaville.”
“You are without question a supremely talented actor. But, we are here with Jimmy Buffett and Reba McEntire. Can McConaugh-yay or McConaugh-nay?” Corden said before asking Matthew if he can sing “Margaritaville.”
The actor replied, “Yeah, to some extent…I might need some lyrical help.”
The house band began to play and Jimmy helped Matthew kick the song off. McConaughey sang the familiar chorus and earned standing ovation from Buffett himself.
That very night, Buffett went to stay at friend Victoria Reed’s house. He sat on Reed’s deck and penned the now-famous tune that ignited the massive empire he built.
In a 1982 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Jimmy Buffett explained what Margaritaville was to him, saying:
“It was a combination of some places when I wrote the song. It’s basic, pure escapism from the humdrum, dull routine of normal everyday life. Everybody wants to go where it’s warm. I think their image of a vacation is sitting by the beach with whatever your cold drink is. But, it’s something to do with being by the beach and being away from what would be your normal life.”
Watch Jimmy Buffett talk about the meaning of “Margaritaville” in the classic video clip below.