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Havana Daydreamin’
Written by: Jimmy Buffett
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: Havana Daydreamin’ (1976)
Additional Discography:
You Had To Be There (1978)

Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads (1992)
Biloxi: Best of (1999)
Meet Me In Margaritaville (2003)

Jimmy’s Notes:
DAYDREAMIN’ I read Far Tortuga by Peter Mathissen and fell in love with the description of the men on the turtle boat. I used them to create my own boat and my own destination. Five years after the song was written, I was singing it in the La Bodega Del Medio in Downtown Havana with the KGB, CIA, and Cuban secret police crowded around the bar trying to look normal-which goes to prove you better not dream too hard or long; your dreams just might come true.

Lyrics:
Stashed his trash in Ecuador, bought a good suit of clothes.
Flew on up to Mexico, standin' by the shore.
Waiting for some mystery man, to pay him for his time.
Thinkin' about all the money he made,
couldn't help to ease his mind
Havana daydreamin' oh he's just dreamin' his life away.

Daddy shucked that sugar cane,
One day he fell dead.
Jesus had a wanderin' feelin'
Swimmin around in his head.
Sailin' on a midnight boat,
There were no questions asked,
Water's so green and the air was so clean
That he stuck right to his task, Havana daydreamin',
Oh he's just schemin', his life away.

Ceilin' fan stirs the air
Cigar smoke did swirl,
A fragrance on the pillow case
And he thinks about the girl.
Spillin' wine wine and sharin' good times
She sure could make him smile.
He pays her well but what the hell
He'll be movin' in a little while, Havana daydreamin',
Havana daydreamin'
Oh he'll be dreamin' his life away.

Shows Played At:
08-27-2016: BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
06-02-2016: Infinite Energy Arena – Duluth, GA
06-23-2015: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
04-18-2015: MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa Bay, FL
04-16-2015: Amway Arena – Orlando, FL
04-01-2015: San Carlos Institute Theatre – Key West, FL
08-21-2014: Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre – Wantagh, NY
06-28-2014: First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Tinley Park, IL
12-03-2013: Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, MN
09-23-2012: Palais Theatre – Melbourne,
03-16-2012: Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Maui, HI
03-03-2012: KFC! Yum Center – Louisville, KY
01-31-2012: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL
01-28-2012: American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
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
05-05-2011: 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
04-25-2009: Ford Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
02-12-2009: Margaritaville Cafe Key West – Key West, FL
01-28-2005: Margaritaville Cafe – Key West, FL
11-04-2004: Margaritaville Street Festival – Key West, FL
11-02-2002: Nikkis Beach Club – Miami, FL
11-01-2002: Margaritaville Street Festival – Key West, FL
02-23-2002: Margaritaville Cafe – Ocho Rios,
10-13-2001: Guild Hall – East Hampton, NY
03-04-1999: Margaritaville Cafe – Orlando, FL
03-01-1999: Boston Park Plaza – Boston, MA
12-04-1998: Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
11-25-1998: Stephen Talkhouse – Amagansett, NY
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
10-11-1996: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
10-09-1996: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
09-20-1996: Starplex Amphitheatre – Dallas, TX
08-17-1996: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-07-1996: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
10-06-1994: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
10-02-1994: Blockbuster – San Bernardino, CA
08-25-1992: Delta Center – Salt Lake City, UT
08-22-1992: The Gorge – George, WA
08-15-1992: Popular Creek Music Theatre – Hoffman Estates, IL
07-04-1992: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
06-12-1992: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
05-24-1992: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
08-12-1990: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
08-12-1986: Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington, TX
12-10-1983: Augusta Civic Center – Augusta, GA
11-15-1983: University of Florida Gym – Gainesville, FL
08-27-1983: Sheridan Opera House – Telluride, CO
07-24-1981: Popular Creek Music Theatre – Hoffman Estates, IL
06-08-1981: Fox Theatre – Atlanta, GA
06-04-1977: Paramount Theatre – Portland, OR
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
Number of Shows: 107