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Banana Republics
Written by: Steve Goodman
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes (1977)
Additional Discography:
Live at Wrigley Field (DVD) (2006)

Live At Wrigley Field (CD) (2006)

Lyrics:
Down in the Banana Republics
Down to the tropical sun
Go the expatriated American
Hopin' to find some fun

Some of them go for the sailing
Brought by the lure of the sea
Tryin' to find what is ailing
Living in the land of the free

Some of them are running from lovers
Leaving no forward address
Some of them are running tons of ganja
Some are running from the IRS

Late at night you will find them
In the cheap hotels and bars
They'll be hustling the senoritas
While they dance beneath the stars

Spending those renegade pesos
on a bottle of rum and a lime
Singin' give me some words I can dance to
Or a melody that rhymes

First you learn the native custom
Soon a word of Spanish or two
You know that you cannot trust them
Be-cause they know they can't trust you

Expatriated American
Feelin' so all alone
Telling themselves the same lies
that they told themselves back home

Down to the Banana Republics
Things aren't as warm as they seem
None of the natives are buying
any second hand American dreams

still at Late at night you will find them
In the cheap hotels and bars
Hustling the senoritas
while they dance beneath the stars

Spending those renegade pesos
On a bottle of rum and a lime
Singing give me some words I can dance to
Or a melody that rhymes

Down to the Banana Republics
Down to the tropical sun
Go the expatriated Americans
Hopin' to find some fun

Shows Played At:
04-18-2017: The Opera House – Wellington,
10-18-2016: Humphreys Concerts by the Bay – San Diego, CA
06-16-2016: House of Blues – Chicago, IL
06-04-2016: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
10-20-2015: Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM
06-27-2015: First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Chicago, IL
05-30-2015: Toyota Stadium – Frisco, TX
10-18-2012: Fillmore Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
09-01-2012: Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
08-30-2012: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
01-24-2011: Sydney Opera House – Sydney,
10-21-2010: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
08-14-2010: Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL
01-16-2010: Bloody Mary’s – Bora Bora,
10-16-2008: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
09-20-2008: New Morning Jazz Club – Paris,
03-29-2008: St Barts Bucket Regattas – Gustavia,
01-18-2008: Hong Kong Football Club – Hong Kong,
11-01-2007: Ford Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
07-28-2007: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
07-26-2007: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
07-24-2007: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
07-21-2007: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
06-30-2007: Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, NJ
06-23-2007: Post-Gazette Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
04-25-2007: Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA
03-23-2007: Bankie Banx Dune Preserve – Rendezvous Bay,
12-22-2006: The Belly Up – Aspen, CO
08-12-2006: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
10-27-2005: Rose Garden – Portland, OR
09-05-2005: Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL
09-04-2005: Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL
08-31-2005: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
08-21-2005: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
06-17-2005: Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
04-19-2005: Waikiki Beach Shell – Honolulu, HI
04-16-2005: HP Pavilion – San Jose, CA
04-12-2005: Cricket Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
04-09-2005: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
04-07-2005: Arrowhead Pond – Anaheim, CA
04-05-2005: Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
02-26-2005: Ford Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
02-23-2005: Charlotte Coliseum – Charlotte, NC
02-21-2005: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL
02-19-2005: Office Depot Center – Sunrise, FL
02-17-2005: Colonial Center – Columbia, SC
08-26-2004: Tweeter Center Chicago – Tinley Park, IL
08-20-2002: Post Gazette Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
06-29-2002: HiFi Buys Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
06-22-2002: Tweeter Center Chicago – Tinley Park, IL
05-25-2002: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
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
04-13-2002: AM South Amphitheatre – Nashville, TN
03-21-2002: Dukes Waikiki Restaurant – Waikiki Beach, HI
11-20-1999: Bay Street Theater – East Hampton, NY
11-25-1998: Stephen Talkhouse – Amagansett, NY
06-20-1997: New World Music Theatre – Tinley Park, IL
02-22-1997: Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
06-08-1996: New World Music Theatre – Tinley Park, IL
04-19-1996: Kravis Center – West Palm Beach, FL
08-11-1995: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-07-1995: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
04-16-1994: Orlando Arena – Orlando, FL
08-18-1993: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
12-12-1990: Florida State Penitentiary – Raiford, FL
02-11-1988: Leon County Civic Center – Tallahassee, FL
02-05-1988: Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill, NC
08-27-1985: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
07-10-1985: Portland Civic Center – Portland, ME
01-31-1984: Unknown – Fermantle,
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
06-12-1982: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
07-29-1979: Greek Amphitheatre – Berkley, CA
06-20-1978: Universal Amphitheatre – Los Angeles, CA
03-29-1978: Summerfest Marcus Amphitheatre – Milwaukee, WI
08-02-1977: Central Park – New York, NY
07-24-1977: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-04-1977: Paramount Theatre – Portland, OR
07-26-1976: Unknown – Austin, TX
Number of Shows: 84