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Far Side Of The World
Written by: Jimmy Buffett
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: Far Side Of The World (2002)
Additional Discography:
Live in Auburn, WA (2003)

Live In Hawaii (2005)

Lyrics:
Ramadan is over,
The new moon’s shown her face,
I’m halfway round the planet,
In a most unlikely place.

Following my song line
Past bamboo shacks and shops
Behind a jitney packed like sardines,
With bananas piled on top.

I ran away from politics,
It’s too bizarre at home.
Away I flew, tuned into Blue
“Maybe Amsterdam or Rome”

Awakened by a stewardess,
With Spain somewhere below.
On the threshold of adventure,
God I do love this job so.

So while I make my move
On the big board game
Up and down a Spanish highway,
Some things remain the same.
Girls meet boys
and the boys tease girls
I’m heading out this morning,
For the Far Side of the World.

Oh I believe in song lines
Obvious and not
I’d ridden them like camels
To some most peculiar spots.

They run across the oceans
Through mountains and saloons
And tonight out to the dessert
Where I sit atop this dune.

I was destined for this vantage point
Which is so far from the Sea
I’ve lived it in the pages of Saint-Exupery

From Paris to Tunisia
Casablanca to Dakar
I was riding long before I flew
Through the wind and sand and stars.

Caravan
Ride that hump
And Timbuktu’s a jillion bumps
Sleeping bags and battle flags
Are coiled and furled
That’s the way you travel
To the far side of the world!

A Sunset framed by lightening bolts
Burns a lasting memory
And a string of tiny twinkling lights
adorn the sausage tree.
While the embers from the log fire
Flicker, fly, and twirl
Then drift off toward the cosmos
From the Far Side of the World.
Well it’s Christmas and my birthday
and so to that extent
The Masai not the wise men
Are circling my tent.
I teach them how to play guitar
They show me how to dance
We have rum from the Caribbean
And Burgundy from France.

New Year’s Eve in Zanzibar
With Babu and his boys
High up on the rooftop
You can relish all the noise.

They are dancing on the tables
People bouncing like gazelles
Two 0-0-1 is ushered in
With air raid horns and bells.

Time to sing time to dance
Living out my second chance.
Cobras and sleeping bags are coiled and curled
That’s the way it happens
On the Far Side of the World.

Back at home, it’s afternoon
Six thousand miles away.
I will still be there when I get through
Attending this soiree

There are jobs and chores and questions
And plates I need to twirl,
But tonight I’ll take my chances,
On the Far Side of the World.
That’s the way it happens
On the Far Side of the World.

Shows Played At:
10-25-2008: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
10-21-2008: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
10-18-2008: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
10-16-2008: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
09-06-2008: Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
09-04-2008: Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
09-01-2008: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-30-2008: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-27-2008: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
08-24-2008: Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, NJ
07-29-2008: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
07-26-2008: Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL
07-24-2008: Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL
07-22-2008: Post Gazette Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
07-19-2008: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
07-17-2008: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
06-14-2008: Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA
06-12-2008: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
06-10-2008: DTE Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
06-07-2008: Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
04-29-2008: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
04-26-2008: Pizza Hut Park – Frisco, TX
04-24-2008: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St Louis, MO
04-21-2008: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
05-20-2004: Target Center – Minneapolis, MN
01-30-2004: Maui Arts & Cultural Ctr – Maui, HI
01-28-2004: Waikiki Beach Shell – Honolulu, HI
09-16-2003: White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA
07-03-2003: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-24-2003: DTE Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
04-24-2003: Pepsi Arena – Denver, CO
02-13-2003: American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
02-10-2003: TD Waterhouse Centre – Orlando, FL
02-08-2003: St Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL
02-05-2003: Colonial Center – Columbia, SC
02-03-2003: RBC Center – Raleigh, NC
02-01-2003: Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA
10-08-2002: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
10-05-2002: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
10-03-2002: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
10-01-2002: Cricket Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
09-28-2002: Coors Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
09-26-2002: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
09-24-2002: Rose Garden – Portland, OR
08-31-2002: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
08-29-2002: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
08-27-2002: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
08-24-2002: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
08-22-2002: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
08-20-2002: Post Gazette Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
06-29-2002: HiFi Buys Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
06-27-2002: Tweeter Center Philadelphia – Camden, NJ
06-25-2002: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
06-22-2002: Tweeter Center Chicago – Tinley Park, IL
06-20-2002: Tweeter Center Chicago – Tinley Park, IL
06-18-2002: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
05-26-2002: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
05-25-2002: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
05-23-2002: The Tonight Show – Los Angeles, CA
05-02-2002: Margaritaville Cafe – New Orleans, LA
04-25-2002: Smirnoff Music Center – Dallas, TX
04-23-2002: The Woodlands – Houston, TX
04-20-2002: Greensboro Coliseum – Greensboro, NC
04-18-2002: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
04-16-2002: Alltel Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
04-13-2002: AM South Amphitheatre – Nashville, TN
04-03-2002: The Breakers – Palm Beach, FL
03-21-2002: Dukes Waikiki Restaurant – Waikiki Beach, HI
11-07-2001: Jefferson County Coliseum – Birmingham, AL
09-08-2001: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
09-06-2001: Tweeter Center Philadelphia – Camden, NJ
Number of Shows: 71