"Nautical Wheelers" as written by and Jimmy Buffett....
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.

[Chorus]
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.

[Chorus]

Well the sunrise'll bring on the
Sleep that's escaped us and
Everyone'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 everyone here is just more than
Contented to be living and dying in three quarter time.


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"Nautical Wheelers" as written by Jimmy Buffett

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    General Comment I have been to Key West, and have studied this song.

    Read the verse when Phil jumped into the sea.

    Lizzy5429on September 22, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe story continues as they watched the square dancers dancinging in Key West. Having a good time decided to race from the shore to one of the channel markers and turn around. First one to make it back to shore won.

    Some tipped over a little bit and were in the water. "I'm hanging on to the line of my sailboats oh Nautical wheeler save me."

    It was just a good feeling night.

    I've been out to that channel marker, and listened to the song as we rounded it and headed back to shore.

    These songs are about experiences that are so rare, so out of place, that shapes the philosophy of living in Margaritaville.
    Lizzy5429on September 22, 2017   Link
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    General CommentIt's really about people who enjoy their lives as they are, making the most of their time by enjoying what they have. They live a life of fair leasure and although they may not live long, they will live enough. They are content with "living and dying in three quarters time" (of the human lifespan), because of how much they enjoy their lives, and how much they're done and seen.
    TehGreatMutatoon March 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBelieve it or not, Nautical Wheelers was actually the name of a square dancing group that Jimmy used to enjoy watching while taking a break from crazy Key West.
    the good fighton August 23, 2007   Link

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