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Island
Written by: Jimmy Buffett, Dave Loggins
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: Coconut Telegraph (1981)
Additional Discography:
Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads (1992)

Jimmy’s Notes:
I wrote this with David Loggins. I thought back to a time when I had been holed up in San Salvador in the Bahamas waiting for the weather to break, watching how simple island people live and wondering if I could ever really slow down that much. I am still wondering.

Lyrics:
Island I see you in the distance
I feel that your existence
Is not unlike my own
Island they say no man is like you
They say you stand alone
Sometimes I feel that way too

Is it the need for love?
Heart and soul accompaniment
That seems to make me different from you

Well I tried to book passage, but you have no ports
And I tried to sail in but your wind and waters
Tore my sails and broke my oars.

Island I see you in the moonlight
Silhouettes of ships in the night
Just make me long that much more
Island I see you in all of my dreams
But I'm a man with no means to reach your distant shore

When the need for love
Heart and soul accompaniment
That seems to make me different from you

I've tried to build bridges
But they all fell down
I've taken to the air on wings of silver
But always hit the ground

Instrumental

Well I tried to book passage, but you have no ports
And I tried to sail in but your wind and waters
Tore my sails and broke my oars.

Island I see you in the moonlight
Silhouettes of ships in the night
Just make me long that much more

Shows Played At:
10-24-2015: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
10-15-2015: Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
08-18-2015: Nikon at Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY
08-15-2015: Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
06-25-2015: West Riverfront Park – Detroit, MI
06-23-2015: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
06-20-2015: Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
06-04-2015: Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO
05-28-2015: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
03-17-2001: San Jose Arena – San Jose, CA
03-15-2001: Oakland Arena – Oakland, CA
02-22-2001: Ice Palace – Tampa, FL
02-20-2001: Charlotte Coliseum – Charlotte, NC
02-17-2001: Greensboro Coliseum – Greensboro, NC
02-15-2001: Compaq Center – Houston, TX
02-13-2001: Reunion Arena – Dallas, TX
02-10-2001: National Car Rental Center – Ft Lauderdale, FL
02-08-2001: TD Waterhouse Centre – Orlando, FL
10-07-2000: Blaisdell Centre – Honolulu, HI
09-29-2000: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
09-02-2000: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
08-31-2000: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
08-29-2000: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
08-26-2000: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
08-24-2000: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
08-22-2000: Alltel Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
08-19-2000: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
08-17-2000: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
07-29-2000: New World Music Theatre – Tinley Park, IL
07-27-2000: New World Music Theatre – Tinley Park, IL
07-25-2000: Polaris Amphitheatre – Columbus, OH
07-22-2000: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
07-20-2000: Deer Creek Music Center – Noblesville, IN
07-18-2000: Riverport Amphitheatre – St Louis, MO
07-15-2000: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
07-13-2000: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
06-24-2000: Star Lake Amphitheatre – Burgettstown, PA
06-22-2000: Star Lake Amphitheatre – Burgettstown, PA
06-20-2000: GTE Amphitheatre – Virginia Beach, VA
06-17-2000: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
06-15-2000: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
06-13-2000: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
06-10-2000: E Center – Camden, NJ
06-08-2000: E Center – Camden, NJ
06-02-2000: Unknown – Charleston, SC
08-17-1993: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
08-10-1993: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
07-02-1993: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
06-27-1993: Blockbuster Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
06-22-1993: Garden State Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
06-19-1993: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-12-1993: City Park – New Orleans, LA
06-03-1993: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
07-24-1981: Popular Creek Music Theatre – Hoffman Estates, IL
Number of Shows: 54