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Manana
Written by: Jimmy Buffett
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett
Peak Chart Position: Billboard Hot 100 Chart: #84;

Originally from the Album: Son Of A Son Of A Sailor (1978)
Additional Discography:
Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads (1992)

Biloxi: Best of (1999)

Jimmy’s Notes:
I spent a winter living on my boat in the British Virgin Islands. One night , I was anchored in Jost Van Dyke in front of Foxy’s Bar and was staring out at the lights of St. Thomas in the distance. All of a sudden the electricity went out, and the stars were the only lights left. I imagined the panic at the power plant while the stars smugly shone on into the dawn, and then the song became a chronicle of things I had done and seen that week. Better than notes on a calendar.

Lyrics:
She said I can't go back to America soon
It's so goddamn cold it's gonna snow until June
Yeah, they're freezin' up in Buffalo stuck in their cars
And I'm lyin' here 'neath the sun and the stars.
Customs man tell her that she's gotta leave
She's got a plan hidden up her shrewd sleeve
Wants to find her a captain, a man of strong mind
And any direction he blows will be fine.

Chorus:
Please don't say manana if you don't mean it
I have heard those words for so very long
Don't try to describe the ocean if you've never seen it
Don't ever forget that you just may wind up being wrong.

Tried and I tried but I don't understand
Never seems to work out the way I had it planned
Hanging out at a marina when Steve Martin called
Singin' anybody there really want to get small.

But women and water are in short supply
There's not enough dope for us all to get high
I hear it gets better, that's what they say
As soon as we sail on to Cane Garden Bay.

Chorus:
Please don't say manana if you don't mean it
I have heard your lines foe so very long
Don't try to describe the scenery if you've never seen it
Don't ever forget that you just may wind up in my song.

Called all my friends on those cheap nightly rates
Sure was good to talk to the old United States
While the lights of St. Thomas lie twenty miles west
I see General Electric's still doing their best.

I've got to head this boat south pretty soon
New album's old and I'm fresh out of tunes
But I know that I'll get 'em, I know that they'll come
Through the people and places and Callwood's Rum

Chorus:
So please don't say manana if you don't mean it
I have done your lines for so very long
Don't try to describe a Kiss concert if you've mever seen it
Don't ever forget that you just may wind up being gone
And I hope Anita Bryant never does one of my songs.

Shows Played At:
06-02-2015: Gwinnett Center – Duluth, GA
08-23-2014: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
10-16-2010: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
11-19-2009: Air Canada Center – Toronto,
11-17-2009: John Paul Jones Arena – Charlottesville, VA
09-05-2009: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
09-03-2009: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-29-2009: Alpine Valley Music Theater – East Troy, WI
08-26-2009: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
08-23-2009: Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, NJ
08-15-2009: Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL
08-13-2009: DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
08-11-2009: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
08-08-2009: Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL
08-06-2009: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
07-05-2009: Shepherds Bush Empire – London,
06-27-2009: Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
06-25-2009: Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
06-23-2009: Post-Gazette Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
06-20-2009: Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
06-18-2009: Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
05-21-2009: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
05-19-2009: Concord Pavilion – Concord, CA
05-16-2009: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
05-14-2009: Cricket Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
04-25-2009: Ford Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
04-23-2009: Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
04-21-2009: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
04-18-2009: Pizza Hut Park – Frisco, TX
04-16-2009: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
01-13-2009: Anegada Reef Hotel – Anegada,
08-30-2008: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
07-03-2003: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-28-2003: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
11-10-2001: Target Center – Minneapolis, MN
11-05-2001: Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA
10-13-2001: Guild Hall – East Hampton, NY
04-25-2000: Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
04-22-2000: Coors Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
10-04-1995: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
09-26-1995: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
09-23-1995: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
09-22-1995: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
08-28-1995: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
08-26-1995: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-25-1995: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-23-1995: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-20-1995: The Meadows – Hartford, CT
08-19-1995: E Center – Camden, NJ
08-17-1995: Ontario Molson Park – Toronto,
08-14-1995: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
08-11-1995: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-08-1995: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
08-07-1995: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
08-04-1995: Popular Creek Music Theatre – Hoffman Estates, IL
06-17-1995: Star Lake Amphitheatre – Burgettstown, PA
06-14-1995: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-13-1995: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-10-1995: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
06-09-1995: Deer Creek Music Center – Noblesville, IN
06-05-1995: Blockbuster Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
06-02-1995: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
05-31-1995: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
05-27-1995: The Woodlands – Houston, TX
11-15-1992: Unknown – Honolulu, HI
08-25-1992: Delta Center – Salt Lake City, UT
08-22-1992: The Gorge – George, WA
08-16-1992: Riverport Amphitheatre – St Louis, MO
07-07-1992: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
05-21-1992: Classic Amphitheatre – Richmond, VA
02-11-1988: Leon County Civic Center – Tallahassee, FL
02-05-1988: Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill, NC
12-10-1983: Augusta Civic Center – Augusta, GA
11-15-1983: University of Florida Gym – Gainesville, FL
06-08-1981: Fox Theatre – Atlanta, GA
03-14-1980: Palladium – New York, NY
07-29-1979: Greek Amphitheatre – Berkley, CA
06-20-1978: Universal Amphitheatre – Los Angeles, CA
03-29-1978: Summerfest Marcus Amphitheatre – Milwaukee, WI
07-24-1977: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-04-1977: Paramount Theatre – Portland, OR
Number of Shows: 81