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Calaloo
Written by: Jimmy Buffett
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: Don’t Stop The Carnival (1998)

Lyrics:
Chorus:
Calaloo, Strange Calaloo
Mysterious curious roux
Try as you might to avoid the hoodoo
Sooner or later we’re all in the stew

From here in my kitchen
I watch the whole scene
Life on dis island’s
A unique cuisine
It simmers and bubbles
And looks quite routine
Till somebody spill all da beans

Chorus:
Calaloo, Strange Calaloo
Mysterious curious roux
Try as you might to avoid the hoodoo
Sooner or later we’re all in the stew

Night after night
On dat terrace out der
Plays a melodrama
Could equal Shakespeare
Dey may tell theirself
Dat somehow dey are not
Best take it from me,
We’re all in the same pot

Chorus:
Calaloo, Strange Calaloo
Mysterious curious roux
Try as you might to avoid the hoodoo
Sooner or later we’re all in the stew

Bridge:
Hey Hey Sheila, Hey Hey Sheila
Hey Hey Sheila, what’s in dat calaloo
Hey Sheila tell us, Hey Sheila tell us
Hey Hey Sheila, what’s in that Calaloo

We got Crab and pigtail
Squid ink and fish scale
Okra and dasheen leaves
Chitchat and chatter
Fill up the platter
With a garnish of pure make believe

Chorus:
Calaloo, Strange Calaloo
Mysterious, curious roux
Though some might think that somehow they are not
Make no mistake we’re all in the same pot

Take it from me
dis is no Camelot

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Words and music by Jimmy Buffett Lyric reprint and music publishing ©1997 Calaloo Music (BMI) except Intro – The Legend of Norman Paperman/Kinja ©1996 Calaloo Music (BMI). All rights reserved. Used by Permission

Shows Played At:
03-17-2001: San Jose Arena – San Jose, CA
02-24-2001: Mars Music Amp – West Palm Beach, FL
02-15-2001: Compaq Center – Houston, TX
02-13-2001: Reunion Arena – Dallas, TX
05-01-1998: Margaritaville Cafe – New Orleans, LA
04-30-1998: Margaritaville Cafe – New Orleans, LA
02-19-1998: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
02-17-1998: The Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI
02-16-1998: The Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI
02-14-1998: Charlotte Coliseum – Charlotte, NC
02-11-1998: Thompson Boling Arena – Knoxville, TN
02-09-1998: Ice Palace – Tampa, FL
02-07-1998: Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
02-06-1998: Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
10-26-1997: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
10-25-1997: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
10-23-1997: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
10-21-1997: Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
10-18-1997: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
10-17-1997: Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
08-31-1997: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-30-1997: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-28-1997: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-27-1997: The Meadows – Hartford, CT
08-23-1997: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
08-22-1997: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
08-20-1997: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
08-16-1997: Star Lake Amphitheatre – Burgettstown, PA
08-15-1997: Star Lake Amphitheatre – Burgettstown, PA
08-13-1997: E Center – Camden, NJ
08-12-1997: E Center – Camden, NJ
08-09-1997: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
08-08-1997: Polaris Amphitheatre – Columbus, OH
07-06-1997: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
07-05-1997: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
07-03-1997: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
07-02-1997: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
06-28-1997: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
06-27-1997: Deer Creek Music Center – Noblesville, IN
06-25-1997: Deer Creek Music Center – Noblesville, IN
06-24-1997: Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
06-21-1997: New World Music Theatre – Tinley Park, IL
06-20-1997: New World Music Theatre – Tinley Park, IL
06-17-1997: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
06-16-1997: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
06-14-1997: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
06-13-1997: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
06-11-1997: GTE Amphitheatre – Virginia Beach, VA
Number of Shows: 48