Nautical Wheelers

Jimmy Buffett

About Nautical Wheelers

Nautical wheelers refers to a ship builder that specifically works on the fabrication of hulls of ships. The technique called wheeling is used to form the metal panels that form the hulls of ships. Nautical Wheelers is the name of a song by Jimmy Buffett originally released on the album A1A (Geffen 1974).


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Nautical wheelers who call themselves sailors
Play fiddle tunes under the stars.
Petticoats rustle, working shoes scuffle,
Hustle on down to the bars. 

Where the jukebox is blastin'
And the liquor is flowing
An occasional bottle of wine.
That's cause everyone here is just more than
Contented to be living and dying in three quarter time. 

And It's dance with me, dance with me
Nautical wheelers.
Take me to stars that you know.
Come on and dance with me,
Nautical wheelers
I want so badly to go. 

Well the left foot it'll follow where the
Right foot has traveled down to the
Sidewalks unglued.
And into the street of my city so neat,
Where nobody cares what you do.
And Sonja's just grinnin'
And Phil is ecstatic and
Mason has jumped in the sea.
While I'm hangin' on to a line
From my sailboat oh,
Nautical Wheelers save me. 


Well the sunrise'll bring on the
Sleep that's escaped us and
Everyone's off to their bed.
There'll be huggin' and sqeezin',
A little pleasin' and teasin'
And rubbin' of each others' head.
So won't you dream on comrades
Seems nothing affects you,
Nothing, no reason nor rhyme.
That's cause everyone here is just more than
Contented to be living and dying in three quarter time.

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Jimmy Buffett

James William "Jimmy" Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is an American singer–songwriter, author, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism" lifestyle. Together with his Coral Reefer Band, Buffett has recorded hit songs including "Margaritaville" (ranked 234th on the Recording Industry Association of America's list of "Songs of the Century") and "Come Monday". He has a devoted base of fans known as "Parrotheads". more »

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