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Nautical Wheelers
Written by: Jimmy Buffett
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: A1A (1974)
Additional Discography:
Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads (1992)

Tales from Margaritavision (2000)

Jimmy’s Notes:
When I first arrived in Key West, it was still a wide open town where artists, straights, gays, shrimpers, sailors, criminals, and politicians all frequented the same bars. In the middle of this nest of vipers, a group called the “Nautical Wheelers” every Friday night under a big orange-and-white parachute at the old City Hall, next to the Salvation Army outlet where I bought my clothes. It was a change of pace to sit and watch the square dancers perform with such precision before I stumbled back out onto Duval Street where there were no rules.

Nautical Wheelers who call themselves sailors
Play fiddle tunes under the stars.
Petticoats rustle, working shoes scuffle,
Hustle on down to the bars.

Where the jukebox is blastin'
and the liquor is flowing
an occasional bottle of wine.
That's cause everyone here is just more than
contented to be living and dying in three quarter time.

And It's dance with me, dance with me
Nautical Wheelers.
Take me to stars that you know.
Come on and dance with me,
Nautical Wheelers
I want so badly to go.

Well the left foot it'll follow where the
Right foot has traveled down to the
Sidewalks unglued.
And into the street of my city so neat,
Where nobody cares what you do.
And Sonja's just grinnin'
And Phil is ecstatic and
Mason has jumped in the sea.
While I'm hangin' on to a line
from my sailboat oh,
Nautical Wheelers save me.


Well the sunrise'll bring on the
sleep that's escaped us and
ev'ryone's off to their bed.
There'll be huggin' and sqeezin',
a little pleasin' and teasin'
and rubbin' of each others' head.
So won't you dream on comrades;
seems nothing affects you,
nothing, no reason nor rhyme.
That's cause ev'ryone here is just more than
contented to be living and dying in three quarter time.

Shows Played At:
05-18-2021: Old School Square – Delray Beach, FL
05-17-2021: Old School Square – Delray Beach, FL
08-06-2019: PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
08-03-2019: Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre – Virginia Beach, VA
08-19-2017: Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
05-18-2017: Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre – Virginia Beach, VA
04-16-2015: Amway Arena – Orlando, FL
04-01-2015: San Carlos Institute Theatre – Key West, FL
08-17-2013: Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
09-21-2012: Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens – Brisbane,
03-30-2012: 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
11-04-2011: Margaritaville Street Festival – Key West, FL
05-24-2011: Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
05-03-2011: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St Louis, MO
11-21-2009: Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
06-18-2009: Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
02-12-2009: Margaritaville Cafe Key West – Key West, FL
09-04-2008: Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
07-29-2008: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
09-19-2006: Paramount Theatre – Austin, TX
06-04-2006: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
10-31-2002: Margaritaville Cafe – Key West, FL
10-13-2001: Guild Hall – East Hampton, NY
11-04-2000: Guild Hall – East Hampton, NY
08-20-1997: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
08-08-1997: Polaris Amphitheatre – Columbus, OH
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
06-24-1997: Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
06-21-1997: New World Music Theatre – Tinley Park, IL
06-16-1997: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
06-13-1997: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
06-11-1997: GTE Amphitheatre – Virginia Beach, VA
05-29-1996: Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto,
08-15-1992: Popular Creek Music Theatre – Hoffman Estates, IL
05-24-1992: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
08-27-1985: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
07-10-1985: Portland Civic Center – Portland, ME
07-18-1976: Carterbarron Amphitheatre – Washington, DC
08-04-1975: Gusman Cultural Center – Miami, FL
01-02-1974: The Main Point – Philadelphia, PA
Number of Shows: 44