A Salty Piece Of Land Lyrics - Jimmy Buffett

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I was listening for answers
That I could not really hear
When the words of a wise old Indian
Put a conch shell to my ear

And I took off for the ocean
I was searching for the coast
Painting pictures of my vision
With the words from grandma ghost

Hiding from the dragons
Riding for the sea
Singing ballads from my childhood
“A pirate’s life for me”

Survivors seem to function best
When peril is at hand
With a song of the ocean
Meets a salty piece of land

I was force-fed my religion
But I somehow saved my smile
Tapped into my instincts
As I headed to’ards exile

Cleopatra did not own a barge
But a schooner was her home
She has centuries of stories
And there’s wisdom in her bones

She was on a sacred mission
And she told me of a place
Where a man can hide forever
But never loose his face

So I saddled up my seahorse
With a fly-rod in my hand
I was not looking for salvation
Just a salty piece of land

Somedays Cayo Loco SHIMMERS
Like the stars up in the sky
And the seabirds they do touch and gos
As the world just tangos by

But there are times when she is hidden
Beneath the wild and crashing waves
And the patron saint of lightening
Keeps the sailors from their graves

Some say it is a blinding sword
Pointing out into the sea
While others say her guiding light
Leads to’ards eternity

Still I sit in contemplation
And I just don’t understand
This mysterious attraction
Of this salty piece of land

Still I search the constellations
And the tiny grains of sand
Where the song of the ocean
Meets the salty piece of land

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fun to play | Reviewer: bilmil | 6/11/13

I play the guitar and have the song figured out but still working on the intro, bridge and finale. loved the book and listened to it no less than six times and now i'm reading it. my own life has had many adventures so I relate to the story. mine took place in 1969 on a motorcycle odessy. thanks for memories. bilmil

ADDICTIVE! | Reviewer: Judy | 9/13/07

A wonderful book and a great song. I had the cd so I enjoyed the music too. I was so impressed by Mr. Buffet's style. I listened to the book two times and will undoubtedly listen to it again in the future. The song still goes through my mind. It condenses the story and brings back its heartwarming message.

Salty Piece of Lan | Reviewer: S Dickerson | 4/29/07

Great book, couldn't put it down. Song great also. Is it out on a CD?

what a song, and what a book! | Reviewer: joe falinski | 3/2/07

I fell in love with the song, and just read the book and fell in love with the song all over again.
puts me out on that salty shore in no time, where I long to be.
thanks Jimmy, I needed that.

Buffet is such a Bum! | Reviewer: John Nichols | 5/10/06

And I am so jealous...I am listening to his CD audio book "A Salty Piece of Land." It opens with his title song and I realize no other person can write these beautiful songs but him..you just gotta love him and his work. following this wonderful song Buffet himself comments about the passing of George Harrison, Gardner McKay and others...It is a work of art itself and borders on bringing tears to my eyes.. Buffet just continues to amaze me. BTY the audio book is read by none other than J.D. Souther!

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