April Sun in Cuba

Dragon

About April Sun in Cuba

"April Sun in Cuba" is a song recorded by New Zealand group Dragon, released in October 1977. It is the first single to be released from Dragon's fourth studio album Running Free. "April Sun in Cuba" first charted on 7 November 1977, peaking at number 2 on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart and staying on the chart for 22 weeks. It also reached number 9 on the New Zealand singles chart.


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I'm tired of the city life
Summer's on the run
People tell me I should stay
But I got to get my fun
So don't try to hold me back
Ain't nothing you can say
Snake eyes on the paradise
And we got to go today

Take me to the April Sun in Cuba, oh, oh, oh
Take me where the April sun gonna treat me so right
So right
So right

I can almost smell the perfumed nighs
And see the starry sky
I wish you comin' with me baby
'Cause right before my eye
See Castro in the alley way
Talkin' 'bout missile love
Talkin' 'bout J.F.K.
And the way he shook him up

Take me to the April Sun in Cuba, oh, oh, oh
Take me where the April sun gonna treat me So right
so right
So right

I'm tired of the city life
Summer's on the run
Birds in the winter sky
Are headin' for the sun
Oh, we can stick it out
In this cold and grey
Snake eyes on the paradise
And we got to go today, yeah

Take me to the April Sun in Cuba, oh, oh, oh
Take me where the April sun gonna treat me so right
So right
So right

Take me to the April sun
C'mon take me, take me to the April sun
C'mon, c'mon take me, take me to the April sun
C'mon, c'mon take me, take me to the April sun

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Dragon

A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries. more »

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Written by: Marc Hunter, Paul Hewson

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14 facts about this song

Band Formation
"April Sun in Cuba" was released by Dragon, an Australian-New Zealand rock band formed in 1972 in Auckland, by brothers Todd and Marc Hunter.
Chart Performance
The song was released in October 1977 and peaked at number 2 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart.
Album Release
"April Sun in Cuba" is a track from the band's fourth studio album, "Running Free," which was also released in 1977.
Songwriters
The song was co-written by Marc Hunter and guitarist Paul Hewson.
Duration
"April Sun in Cuba" runs for a total time of 3 minutes and 28 seconds.
Song's Theme
The lyrics of the song references the ill-fated Bay of Pigs Invasion and Cuban Missile Crisis in 1961.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by numerous artists, including Nick Barker and Kate Ceberano.
Hall of Fame
The song was added to the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Hall of Fame in 2008.
Longevity
More than four decades on, "April Sun in Cuba" still receives extensive radio play in Australia and New Zealand, testifying to the song's enduring appeal.
Music Video
The music video for "April Sun in Cuba" was filmed in Melbourne, Australia, featuring footage of the band interspersed with stock footage of Cuba.
Song's Significance
The song represents a transition in Dragon's musical style from progressive rock to pop-rock, which contributed to their commercial success.
Live Performances
"April Sun in Cuba" is one of Dragon's most popular live performance songs, often played during the encore section.
Loss of Co-writer
Tragically, Paul Hewson, the co-writer of "April Sun in Cuba" died at just 40 years of age in 1985 due to a heroin overdose.
Iconic Intro
The song is notably recognized by its distinctive keyboard intro, played on a Mini-moog synthesizer.

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