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Cuban Crime Of Passion
Written by: Jimmy Buffett/Tom Corcoran
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: A White Sport Coat & A Pink Crustacean (1973)
Additional Discography:
Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads (1992)

Live at Fenway Park (2005)
Live at Fenway Park (2005) – DVD

Jimmy’s Notes:
There used to be a piano player in Key West named Billy Nine Fingers who told me stories about playing the ferryboat that once ran from Key West to Havana. It made me jealous that I hadn’t been around during the wild days of Havana. One day I was reading an article in the Miami Herald about a murder that had taken place in Hialeah in which a love triangle had ended in bloodshed. The reporter called it a “Cuban Crime of Passion.”

Lyrics:
Billy Voltaire was a piano player up from Miami way
He used to play in the bars, he could sound like the stars
The ladies would pay and pay
Then one night he did wind up playin' in Havana town
And nobody knew, least Billy Voltaire that these were his final sounds.

'Cause he met up with Meritta, a dancer in from the Coast
Half woman, half child, she drove him half wild
He loved that lady the most
'Til one night he did find her in the arms of Shrimper Dan
So he pulled a knife, took poor Danny's life
And then he turned his own cold hand.

(Chorus)
And it's just a Cuban crime of passion
Messy and old fashioned
Yeah, that's what the papers did say
It's just a Cuban crime of passion
Anejo and knives a slashin'
But that's what the people like to read about
Up in America, up in America.

Well, they never found Meritta, some people say she got ill
And Billy Voltaire had no one to clain min, he eas buried on pauper's hill
And no one talks about 'em no more, it happened just a week ago
But people get by and people get high
In the tropics they come and they go.

(Repeat chorus)

Shows Played At:
04-18-2015: MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa Bay, FL
04-09-2015: Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
04-01-2015: San Carlos Institute Theatre – Key West, FL
01-28-2012: American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
11-04-2011: Margaritaville Street Festival – Key West, FL
06-18-2011: Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
09-02-2010: Nissan Pavillion – Bristow, VA
08-31-2010: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
05-17-2010: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
05-15-2010: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
05-01-2010: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
04-29-2010: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St Louis, MO
04-27-2010: Lakewood Amphiteatre – Atlanta, GA
04-24-2010: Ford Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
02-27-2010: BankAtlantic Center – Ft Lauderdale, FL
02-12-2009: Margaritaville Cafe Key West – Key West, FL
11-23-2004: TD Waterhouse Centre – Orlando, FL
10-23-2004: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
10-21-2004: Coors Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
10-16-2004: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
09-12-2004: Fenway Park – Boston, MA
09-10-2004: Fenway Park – Boston, MA
09-04-2004: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
09-02-2004: Post Gazette Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
08-31-2004: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
08-28-2004: Tweeter Center Chicago – Tinley Park, IL
08-26-2004: Tweeter Center Chicago – Tinley Park, IL
07-10-2004: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
07-08-2004: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
07-06-2004: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
07-03-2004: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
07-01-2004: Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
06-29-2004: Tweeter Center Philadelphia – Camden, NJ
05-26-2004: Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA
05-22-2004: Schottenstein Center – Columbus, OH
05-20-2004: Target Center – Minneapolis, MN
05-18-2004: Pepsi Arena – Denver, CO
05-01-2004: Office Depot Center – Sunrise, FL
04-29-2004: Colonial Center – Columbia, SC
04-27-2004: RBC Center – Raleigh, NC
04-24-2004: Charlotte Coliseum – Charlotte, NC
04-22-2004: St Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL
04-16-2004: The Breakers – Palm Beach, 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
05-28-2001: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
12-06-1998: Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
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
12-29-1997: Double Diamond – Aspen, CO
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
05-02-1997: Riverport Amphitheatre – St Louis, MO
03-02-1997: Nashville Arena – Nashville, TN
02-22-1997: Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
10-11-1996: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
09-21-1996: Southpark Meadows Amphitheatre – Austin, TX
08-21-1996: Southampton College – Southampton, NY
08-17-1996: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-16-1996: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-09-1996: Continental Airlines Arena – East Rutherford, NJ
08-06-1996: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
08-03-1996: Star Lake Amphitheatre – Burgettstown, PA
08-02-1996: Star Lake Amphitheatre – Burgettstown, PA
06-22-1996: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-20-1996: Blockbuster Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
06-17-1996: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
06-15-1996: Buckeye Lake – Columbus, OH
06-14-1996: Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
06-07-1996: New World Music Theatre – Tinley Park, IL
06-03-1996: Deer Creek Music Center – Noblesville, IN
06-01-1996: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
05-30-1996: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
05-29-1996: Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto,
04-27-1996: Margaritaville Cafe – New Orleans, LA
04-20-1996: Kravis Center – West Palm Beach, FL
04-19-1996: Kravis Center – West Palm Beach, FL
11-15-1992: Unknown – Honolulu, HI
08-25-1992: Delta Center – Salt Lake City, UT
06-08-1981: Fox Theatre – Atlanta, GA
07-12-1980: Carowinds Palladium – Charlotte, NC
07-04-1980: Minneapolis – Minneapolis, MN
06-04-1977: Paramount Theatre – Portland, OR
08-04-1975: Gusman Cultural Center – Miami, FL
Number of Shows: 123