Havana Daydreamin'

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Havana Daydreamin'
Cover art by David Jarvis
Studio album by Jimmy Buffett
Released January 1, 1976 (ABC, LP)
September 28, 1987 (MCA, LP reissue, CD)
Recorded 1975-1976
Studio Youngun Sound, Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Creative Workshop, Berry Hill, Tennessee
Genre Rock, country, Gulf and Western
Length 33:08
Label ABC (LP)
ABCD-914 (US, 12")
MCA (LP reissue, CD)
Producer Don Gant
Jimmy Buffett chronology
Rancho Deluxe
(1975)Rancho Deluxe1975
Havana Daydreamin'
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
(1977)Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes1977

Havana Daydreamin'[1] is the sixth studio album by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and his fourth regular major label album. It was produced by Don Gant and released on January 1, 1976 on ABC ABCD-914 and January 28, 1987 on ABC Dunhill's successor label MCA.

Alternate versions[edit]

The album's name was originally to have been Kick It in Second Wind and was to have included the songs "Please Take Your Drunken 15 Year Old Girlfriend Home," "Train to Dixieland," and "Wonder Why We Ever Go Home" as well as a different version of "Kick It in Second Wind." Instead, these songs were replaced with "Woman Goin' Crazy on Caroline Street", "Havana Daydreamin'", and "Cliches."[2] "Wonder Why We Ever Go Home" would appear on next album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes (not the version recorded for Kick It in Second Wind).

Several rare versions of this album exist or are rumored to. These have altered song ordering and contain two songs that were deleted from the final release: "Please Take Your Drunken 15 Year Old Girlfriend Home" and "Train to Dixieland." A third song that is rumored to exist, "We've Been Taken to the Cleaners (and I Already Had my Shirts Done)," is likely apocryphal, as no known recording of it exists whereas the other two rare tracks are fairly easy to find in Buffett trading circles.[3]


Most of the songs on the album were written or co-written by Buffett, two with his future wife, Jane Slagsvol. Other songs include "Big Rig" written by Coral Reefer Greg "Fingers" Taylor and "This Hotel Room" by Steve Goodman (who also co-wrote "Woman Goin' Crazy on Caroline Street" with Buffett). The album also contains a remake of Jesse Winchester's "Defying Gravity," the first of several Winchester songs Buffett would record over his career. (The song would also be remade by Emmylou Harris.) None of the songs on the album have been played regularly at Buffett's live concerts since the 1970s.

A different version of "The Captain and the Kid" was originally released in 1970 on Down to Earth and yet another on 2002's Meet Me in Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection making it (with "In the Shelter") one of only two Buffett songs with three different studio versions.

For pacing purposes, the second verse of "Woman Going Crazy on Caroline Street" was cut on the single release.

Chart performance[edit]

Havana Daydreamin' was Buffett's most successful album to date reaching #65 on the Billboard 200 album chart and #21 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. However, none of the three singles from the album charted.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau(B) [5]

William Ruhlmann of Allmusic wrote that "By the time of... Havana Daydreamin', Jimmy Buffett seemed to have established a pattern for what a collection of his songs would be." Ruhlman noted that while the album's style was still essentially the country music of Buffett's earlier work, this release exemplified his shift in audience from the country scene to the popular market, as well as his adoption of a "Gulf Coast ne'er-do-well" persona.[4] Peter Reilly of Stereo Review found the album appealing, saying "I confess that I find it hard to resist anyone who spends so little time trying to impress me". Reilly found the title track perhaps the best, calling it "an ambiguous trip into B. Traven (you remember him – The Treasure of Sierra Madre, Death Ship) territory."[6][7] In 2012, Jeff Vrabel of The Florida Times-Union listed the track as one of Buffett's "lost treasures", describing it as "a humid, drifting tale of boats, wine and late-night stories, all wrapped in circumstances that seem darker and more criminal."[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Woman Goin' Crazy on Caroline Street" (Jimmy Buffett, Steve Goodman) – 4:08
  2. "My Head Hurts My Feet Stink and I Don't Love Jesus" (Jimmy Buffett) – 2:35
  3. "The Captain and the Kid" (Jimmy Buffett) – 3:16
  4. "Big Rig" (Greg "Fingers" Taylor) – 3:30
  5. "Defying Gravity" (Jesse Winchester) – 2:41

Side B:

  1. "Havana Daydreamin'" (Jimmy Buffett) – 3:38
  2. "Cliches" (Jimmy Buffett) – 2:45
  3. "Something So Feminine About a Mandolin" (Jimmy Buffett, Jane Slagsvol) – 3:32
  4. "Kick It in Second Wind" (Jimmy Buffett, Jane Slagsvol) – 3:56
  5. "This Hotel Room" (Steve Goodman) – 3:07


The Coral Reefer Band:

  • Jimmy Buffett - guitar, vocals
  • Roger Bartlett - guitar
  • Greg "Fingers" Taylor - harmonica, piano
  • Harry Dailey - bass
  • Phillip Fajardo - drums

Friends and Honorary Coral Reefers:


  • "Havana Daydreamin'" b/w "Big Rig" (Released on ABC Dunhill 12143 in November 1975)
  • "Captain and the Kid" b/w "Cliches" (Released on ABC Dunhill 12175 in March 1976)
  • "Something So Feminine About a Mandolin" b/w "Woman Goin' Crazy on Caroline Street" (Released on ABC Dunhill 12220 in July 1976)


  1. ^ The lettering on the album cover and the CD shows Havaña Daydreamin' with an "ñ" in "Havana". This was noted in a critique in Stereo Review Volume 37 1976, which says "There is certainly pleasure aplenty ... in 'Havaña [sic] Daydreamin',' [Buffet's] latest disc for ABC/Dunhill", but which refers to the title track as "the title song, Havana Daydreamin'".
  2. ^ Havana Daydreamin' at Buffett World.
  3. ^ Havana Daydreamin' Archived 2006-11-20 at the Wayback Machine. at BuffettRemasters.com
  4. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. Havana Daydreamin' at AllMusic. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "CG: Jimmy Buffet". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  6. ^ Reilly, Peter (1976). Stereo Review, volume 37.
  7. ^ Humphrey, Mark (2000). Jimmy Buffett Scrapbook. Citadel Press. p. 131. ISBN 080652099X. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ Jeff Vrabel (January 27, 2012). [Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/entertainment/music/2012-01-27/story/discover-jimmy-buffetts-lost-musical-treasures#ixzz26w0K3uGo "Discover Jimmy Buffett's lost musical treasures"] Check |url= value (help). The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved September 19, 2012.