Volcano (Jimmy Buffett song)
|Single by Jimmy Buffett|
|from the album Volcano|
|B-side||"Stranded On A Sandbar"|
|Genre||Rock, Gulf and western|
MCA 41161 (U.S., 7")
|Writer(s)||Jimmy Buffett, Keith Sykes, Harry Dailey|
|Jimmy Buffett singles chronology|
"Volcano" is a song performed by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It was written by Jimmy Buffett, Keith Sykes, and Harry Dailey and released as a single (b/w "Stranded On A Sandbar") on MCA 41161 in November 1979.
The song and album are named for the then-dormant Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat in the British West Indies where Buffett recorded the album in May 1979 at AIR Studios. The studio was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and Soufrière Hills erupted again in 1995.
But I don't want to land in New York City,
"Volcano" is one of Buffett's more popular songs with fans, and is part of "The Big 8" that he has played at almost all of his concerts. Recorded live versions of the song appear on Feeding Frenzy, Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and the video Live by the Bay. The placenames in the final bridge are often altered in concert to reflect more recent news. The song was also re-recorded and released for Rock Band on June 3, 2008, with the last two lines listed above changed to, "I want to be a couch potato / Just play Rock Band everyday."
Volcano was recorded in Montserrat and was played at the concert "Music for Montserrat" when Montserrat was struck by a volcano. The lyrics were changed to fit the context. For example, the phrase "We've got to help our friends in Montserrat" appeared in the song.
When performed at concerts, a video of the song on Rock Band is shown.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||66|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||43|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||1|