Boat Drinks

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"Boat Drinks"
Song by Jimmy Buffett
from the album Volcano
WrittenFebruary 1979
ReleasedAugust 1979
RecordedMay 1979
GenreCountry rock, Gulf and Western
Songwriter(s)J. Buffett
Producer(s)Norbert Putnam

"Boat Drinks" is a song written and performed by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It was released as a B-side (b/w "Survive") on MCA in 1979. Despite not being a single, it is one of his most popular songs,[1] frequently played in concert[2] and occasionally on the radio.


The song was written in February 1979, while Jimmy was homesick in Boston. In the 1992 box set Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads, Buffett writes:

It was February in Boston, and I was cold and wanted to go home. Rum and tonic was the antifreeze, and the newspaper was full of ads for warmer climates. I was in a place owned by Derek Sandersen, who was a very famous player for the Boston Bruins in the '70s. I came out of the bar and couldn't find a cab except for the one that was running in front of the nearby hotel. There was no driver in it, and I was too cold to care about the consequences. There is an old Navy expression which says, 'Beg forgiveness, not permission.' I hopped in and drove back to my hotel. I did leave the fare on the seat.[3][4][5]

Live Appearances[edit]

The song appeared on Live at Fenway Park,[6] where Buffett said: "I'm not going to come to Boston and not play this song." This is his only song written in Boston. While the song has been played in concert ever since it was written in 1979, it did not appear on a live release until 2005's Live in Hawaii.[7]


  1. ^[permanent dead link] For Parrotheads, it's all about the tropical escape
  2. ^ "Jimmy Buffett Song & Lyrics Database". Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  3. ^ The Parrothead Handbook, pg. 49.
  4. ^ "Artsandentertainment: Another compilation you already know by heart". 2005-11-27. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  5. ^ AP photo (2009-11-22). "Buffett serves up Indian Summer at Mohegan Sun Arena". Retrieved 2011-08-20.
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