Aruba, Jamaica, ooh, I wanna take ya
Bermuda, Bahama, come on, pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby, why don't we go? Jamaica

Off the Florida Keys, there's a place called Kokomo
That's where you wanna go to get away from it all
Bodies in the sand, tropical drink melting in your hand
We'll be falling in love to the rhythm of a steel drum band
Down in Kokomo

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh, I wanna take you to
Bermuda, Bahama, come on, pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby, why don't we go?
Ooh, I wanna take you down to Kokomo
We'll get there fast and then we'll take it slow
That's where we wanna go, way down in Kokomo

La Martinique, that Montserrat mystique

We'll put out to sea and we'll perfect our chemistry
And by and by we'll defy a little bit of gravity
Afternoon delight, cocktails, and moonlit nights
That dreamy look in your eye gave me a tropical contact high
Way down in Kokomo

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh, I wanna take you to
Bermuda, Bahama, come on, pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby, why don't we go?
Ooh, I wanna take you down to Kokomo
We'll get there fast and then we'll take it slow
That's where we wanna go, way down in Kokomo

Port au Prince, I wanna catch a glimpse

Everybody knows a little place like Kokomo
Now if you wanna go and get away from it all
Go down to Kokomo

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh, I wanna take you to
Bermuda, Bahama, come on, pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby, why don't we go?
Ooh, I wanna take you down to Kokomo
We'll get there fast and then we'll take it slow
That's where we wanna go, way down in Kokomo

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh, I wanna take you to
Bermuda, Bahama, come on, pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby, why don't we go?


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Kokomo Lyrics as written by Terry Melcher Michael Edward Love

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  • +2
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    bad song, but Cocktail is an awesome movie

    bertcampbellon June 26, 2004   Link
  • +2
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    I first heard this sung by Kermit the Frog and I remember thinking it was so cool.

    Theo Reoon September 29, 2004   Link
  • +2
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    If Brian Wilson were dead, he'd be spinning over in his grave at this one. <i>Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama</i> pa-lease...possibly the worst pop lyrics ever. And the melody is atrocious. John Stamos on congos/in the control room??? Yeah!
    I think every 6 year old in America likes this song... Worst. Beach. Boys. Song. Ever.

    Chinupon January 11, 2005   Link
  • +2
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    For some reason I just can't stand this song. Certainly the worst Beach Boys song there is, their older songs were much better.

    Johnny0225on March 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
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    Brian Wilson had nothing to do with this song. It was written by John Phillips (Mamas & Papas) and Scott McKenzie. It took Mike and company 20 years to get a #1 song, and they kept on trying to milk the formula until Phillips died, and McKenzie went away. Then Carl died, they kicked Al out, and they are now playing county fairs, while Brian plays to packed houses everywhere.

    donutbanditon October 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
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    I never saw Cocktail... and missed the song on the radio... my introduction to it was a parody written for the Bob Rivers Show and retitled Kosovo...

    The Norwegian Norbattalion KFPR used it for a video that has has been circulating the net and is actually very well done...

    I finally tracked down the Beach Boys original and have to admit that while i love the music, the Beach Boys lyrics are pretty tawdry...

    If you get a chance have a look at the other version... it's pretty funny...

    Somewhere far overseas There’s a place called Kosovo That’s where you don’t want to go If you’re Albanian at all

    Protecting Human Rights Air strikes and firefights And we'll be dropping our bombs Wherever Serbian bad guys hide Just up from Kosovo

    that's my nickel

    chesterfieldon August 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    "Martinique, that Monserrat mystique..."

    Me & my friend always thought they were saying "Mah-la-lee, that mozzarella stick.":)

    Love this song.

    TheCranberriesLoveron June 27, 2010   Link
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    This is just the most concrete evidence that after Brian went off the rails and Dennis died, nothing good came out of the beach boys. Thankfully (although through horrible circumstances), Denny will never be associated with the downfall of the Beach Boys.

    MarkCox11on November 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
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    Indiana.

    Thia007on December 02, 2011   Link
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    When I was 6... my dance class did a dance recital with this song(this was at the height of Cocktail's popularity). We were so cute.

    watchthefireworkson May 23, 2002   Link

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