IA ORA TE NATURA
E MEA AROFA TEIE AO NEI
IA ORA TE NATURA
E MEA AROFA TEIE AO NEI

Nature lives (life to nature)
Have pity for the Earth
(Love the Earth)

I know I don't get there often enough
But God knows I surely try
It's a magic kind of medicine
That no doctor could prescribe

I used to rule my world from a pay phone
And ships out on the sea
But now times are rough
And I got too much stuff
Can't explain the likes of me

Chorus:
But there's this one particular harbour
So far but yet so near
Where I see the days as they fade away
And finally disappear

But now I think about the good times
Down in the Caribbean sunshine
In my younger days I was so bad
Laughin' about all the fun we had

I've seen enough to feel the world spin
Mixin' different oceans meetin' cousins
Listen to the drummers and the night sounds
Listen to the singers make the world go 'round

IA ORA TE NATURA
E MEA AROFA TEIE AO NEI
IA ORA TE NATURA
E MEA AROFA TEIE AO NEI

Lakes below the mountains
Flow into the sea
Like oils applied to canvas
They permeate through me

And there's that one particular harbour
Sheltered from the wind
Where the children play on the shore each day
And all are safe within

Most mysterious calling harbour
So far but yet so near
I can see the day when my hair's full gray
And I finally disappear

IA ORA TE NATURA
E MEA AROFA TEIE AO NEI
IA ORA TE NATURA
E MEA AROFA TEIE AO NEI

UA PAU TE MAITAI NO TE FENUA
RE ZAI NOA RA TE ORA O TE MITIE

Bounty of the land is exhausted
But there's still abundance on the sea


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One Particular Harbour song meanings
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    General Commentmmmm fun in the sun... goin back to that one place where everything comes back and its goodtimes all around
    Rachondalooseon July 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTrue that! This song reminds me so much of summer, because I spent a whole day listening to it outside cleaning and just having fun in the pool, etc.. this is just a song about returning to a place where it's just fun and easygoing.. that "one particular harbor".
    krriisttiion March 03, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"but then I think about the good times, Down in the Caribbean sunshine.."

    "I know i don't get there often enough, but god knows i surely try"

    favorites.
    krriisttiion March 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNever knew what the Tahitian(?) lyrics at the beginning meant, but now that I do, I love the song even more. One of Buffett's best.
    gkaiseron July 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOf all of Jimmy Buffet's great songs, this is the obscure song that touches me the most. It's about that place where you are truly home.

    "But there's this one particular harbour
    So far but yet so near
    Where I see the days as they fade away
    And finally disappear"

    It's that place that forever calls out to you. The place (the harbor) can be a physical place, a person, a family, or even a spiritual place. Beautiful song.
    LaBradford22on May 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't think the one particular harbour is a real place. I think it's a place in our minds that we go to to escape the real world. It's that perfect place where we find peace and relaxation.
    Ghendrieon June 09, 2014   Link

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