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The Wino And I Know
Written by: Jimmy Buffett
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: Living & Dying In 3/4 Time (1974)
Additional Discography:
Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads (1992)

Live in Las Vegas, NV (2003)
Live in Mansfield, MA (2004)

Jimmy’s Notes:
This was a song I wrote after listening to Gordon Lightfoot, who has been a great influence on my style. Gordon takes uncommon subject matter and turns it into lyrics that make you listen to what the singer is saying. With all the passing trends of the last two decades, I still haven’t changed my style of writing. A good story is never out of fashion. Thanks, God.

Lyrics:
The ice cream man he's a hillbilly fan,
He's got seventy-eights by Hank Snow;
Walks down the street, shufflin' his feet,
To the rhythm that only he knows.
And I've seen him in so many places,
I saw him the night I was born;
In a Bourbon Street bar I received my first scar
From an old man so tattered and torn.

And the Wino and I know the pains of street singin'
Like the door-to-door salesman knows
the pains of bell ringin'
It's a strange situation,
a wild occupation,
Living my life like a song.

Well the coffee is strong
at the Cafe Du Monde,
And the donuts are too hot to touch;
But just like a fool, when those
sweet goodies cool, I ate 'til I ate way too much.
Cause I'm livin' on things that excite me,
Be they pastries or lobsters or love;
I'm just tryin' to get by being quiet and shy,
In a world full of pushin' and shove.

And the Wino and I know the pains of backbustin',
Like the farmer knows the pain of his pick-up
truck rustin'.
It's a strange situation, a wild occupation,
Living my life like a song.

Sweet Senorita, Won't you please come with me?
Back to the island, honey, back to the sea;
Back to the only place that I want to be.

And the Wino and I know the joys of the ocean,
Like a boy knows the joys of his milkshake
in motion.
It's a strange situation, a wild occupation,
Living my life like a song.

Shows Played At:
04-14-2012: CenturyLink Center – Omaha, NE
04-01-2012: Woldenberg Park – New Orleans, LA
03-08-2012: HP Pavilion – San Jose, CA
02-04-2012: Amway Center – Orlando, FL
02-02-2012: North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC
01-31-2012: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL
01-28-2012: American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
10-20-2011: Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
10-18-2011: Pepsi Arena – Denver, CO
10-15-2011: MGM Grand – Las Vegas,
09-01-2011: Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
08-25-2011: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
08-23-2011: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
08-19-2011: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
07-23-2011: Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL
07-21-2011: DTE Muic Theatre – Clarkston, MI
07-19-2011: Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
07-16-2011: Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto,
06-25-2011: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
06-23-2011: Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
06-21-2011: First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
06-18-2011: Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
05-28-2011: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
05-26-2011: Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach, VA
05-24-2011: Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
05-21-2011: Pizza Hut Park – Frisco, TX
05-07-2011: New Orleans Jazz Festival – New Orleans, LA
05-05-2011: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
05-03-2011: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St Louis, MO
04-30-2011: Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
04-23-2011: Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
04-21-2011: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
04-19-2011: Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
04-16-2011: 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
09-26-2009: La Cigale – Paris,
12-22-2006: The Belly Up – Aspen, CO
05-04-2006: Margaritaville Cafe – Myrtle Beach, SC
07-24-2005: Martha Clara Vineyard – Riverhead, NY
12-08-2004: Theatre for the Performing Arts – New Orleans, LA
04-22-2004: St Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL
01-20-2004: HP Pavilion – San Jose, CA
09-20-2003: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
09-18-2003: Clark County Amphitheatre – Vancouver, WA
08-30-2003: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
08-21-2003: Tweeter Center Chicago – Tinley Park, IL
07-05-2003: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
06-26-2003: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
04-26-2003: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
04-24-2003: Pepsi Arena – Denver, CO
04-22-2003: Smirnoff Music Center – Dallas, TX
11-01-2002: Margaritaville Street Festival – Key West, FL
10-05-2002: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
10-13-2001: Guild Hall – East Hampton, NY
10-03-2001: Lulus Sunset Grill – Pascagoula, MS
05-04-2001: Margaritaville Cafe – New Orleans, LA
05-06-2000: Margaritaville Cafe – New Orleans, LA
12-04-1999: New Orleans Areana – New Orleans, LA
11-25-1998: Stephen Talkhouse – Amagansett, NY
06-25-1997: Deer Creek Music Center – Noblesville, IN
10-09-1996: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
08-06-1996: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
06-23-1996: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-18-1996: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
12-12-1990: Florida State Penitentiary – Raiford, FL
10-23-1976: Lisner Auditorium – Washington, DC
07-26-1976: Unknown – Austin, TX
07-18-1976: Carterbarron Amphitheatre – Washington, DC
12-08-1975: Constitution Hall – Washington, DC
09-10-1975: The Boarding House – Sausalito, CA
09-03-1975: The Backdoor – San Diego, CA
10-18-1974: The Record Plant – Sausalito, CA
Number of Shows: 71