"The Wino And I Know" as written by and Jimmy Buffett....
The ice cream man he's a hillbilly fan,
He's got seventy-eights by Hank Snow,
Walks down the street, shufflin' his feet,
To the rhythm that only he knows.
And I've seen him in so many places,
I saw him the night I was born,
In a Bourbon Street bar I received my first scar
From an old man so tattered and torn.

And the Wino and I know the pains of street singin'
Like the door-to-door salesman knows
The pains of bell ringin'
It's a strange situation,
A wild occupation,
Living my life like a song.

Well the coffee is strong
At the Cafe do Monde,
And the donuts are too hot to touch,
But just like a fool, when those
Sweet goodies cool, I ate 'til I ate way too much.
Cause I'm livin' on things that excite me,
Be they pastries or lobsters or love,
I'm just tryin' to get by being quiet and shy,
In a world full of pushin' and shove.

And the Wino and I know the pains of backbustin',
Like the farmer knows the pain of his pick-up
Truck rustin'.
It's a strange situation, a wild occupation,
Living my life like a song.

Sweet Senorita, won't you please come with me?
Back to the island, honey, back to the sea,
Back to the only place that I want to be.

And the Wino and I know the joys of the ocean,
Like a boy knows the joys of his milkshake
In motion.
It's a strange situation, a wild occupation,
Living my life like a song.

Lyrics submitted by EnjOy IncUbus

"The Wino and I Know" as written by Jimmy Buffett

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    General Commentmy favorite Jimmy Buffet song, even though I've never been to New Orleans. Its meaning is far from hidden and yet so simplistic that one feels they have to dig to find something about it.

    What interesting images-- being truly born in a barroom brawl and yearning to get back to 'the island' (I assume Key West?) to live how he wants to live and not subscribing to what the busy city life demands of him.
    luckypairofshoeson March 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentStrange situation,
    wild occupation,
    Livin' my life like a song

    love that line so much
    pedroREEon February 19, 2008   Link

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