"Jamaica, Say You Will" as written by and Jackson Browne....
Jamaica was the lovely one
I played her well
As we lay in the tall grass
Where the shadows fell
Hiding from the children
So they would not tell
We would stay there
'Til her sister rang
The evening bell

Jamaica, say you will
Help me find a way to fill
These empty hours
Say you will
Come again tomorrow

The daughter of a captain
On the rolling seas
She would stare across
The water from the trees
Last time he was home
He held her on his knees
And said, the next time
They would sail away
Just where they pleased

Jamaica, say you will
Help me find a way to fill
These lifeless sails
And stay until
My ships can find the sea

Jamaica was a sweet young one
I loved her true
She was a comfort
And a mercy through and through
Hiding from this world together
Next thing I knew
We had brought her things
Down to the bay, what could I do

Jamaica, say you will
Help me find a way to fill
These sails
And we will sail until
Our waters have run dry

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"Jamaica Say You Will" as written by Jackson Browne

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  • +1
    General CommentWhen you see him play this when he's younger, it looks like she's someone he cared for in his youth (younger years). Before the models and Darryl Hannah! :)
    phxvalleygirlon September 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI have thought that same thing - summer love, young love, vacation love. Probably Jamaica is not her name, but a family vacation trip that they took.

    It would be fun to know that you were the one that had a fling with him when you were younger, and he wrote one of his first songs to you!

    It's a great song - he does look so young there. I have loved growing up to JB and also seeing him grow and mature over the years. Also, David Lindley. Their "marriage" is just too cute. Once Jackson performed live on TV and he wore a David Lindley T-Shirt under his jacket. They've probably had a better relationship over the decades when most male/female relationships, hehe.
    parismatchon October 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's my favorite. Just sad that people you love go away. It seems straight forward... just love it.
    Jaws451on November 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI also love this song. I came across it while watching a episode of "The Wonder Years." I seems like the perfect summer love song. I just sit back and listen to:

    "Jamaica, say you will
    Help me find a way to fill these empty hours
    Say you will come again tomorrow"
    Adored_Pumpkinheadon June 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSummer love... vacation love... that sort of thing??
    phxvalleygirlon September 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHere are JB's own words about the song:
    “I wrote that song for a girl I was seeing who lived nearby the ocean. She worked for this old Italian guy in a garden. An organic vegetable farm overlooking Zuma Beach. And I used to go visit her. And it was a pretty idyllic time. She was very beautiful, and ideologically she was into yoga and vegetarianism and organic gardening. I was really crazy about her, but I wasn’t into any of those things. And I’d go hang with her and she’d pick figs and I’d feel transported into some sort of Maxfield Parrish landscape – that sort of dry fig orchard with this very beautiful girl. I wrote this song for her. It was sort of a metaphor. Later I realized that that song really wasn’t really about her. As much as she inspired me, what I was really talking about was a relationship which I’d concluded a few months before, and which had been going on for two or three years. She was really drawn to an adult world and I just wanted to stay indoors and make love. So the song’s about a girl who’s going to sail away with her father and go into the world, and a guy who wants to stay there in that idyllic world.”
    buckcannonon April 09, 2018   Link
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    General CommentJamaica is the song of his piano. Its a song about his piano.
    mppmcpson January 01, 2015   Link

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