This song was written by Jimmy Buffett and released on the 1976 album of the same name. It was stated by Jimmy Buffett on the notes on his buffettnews site that he had written the song after reading the book Far Tortuga and had been taken in with the thought of men on a turtle boat as described by Peter Mathisson.
Although the album charted at No. 21 on the country chart and No. 65 on the Billboard album chart, the single release was not successful. However, the song does re-appear on a further four of Jimmy’s albums which are Biloxi: Best Of, Meet Me in Margaritavile, You Had To Be There and Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads.
Jimmy Buffett recordings
(ABC Records AB-12143M 45-16861-M/ AB-12143S 45-16861-S) (US promo 45)
Vocals – Jimmy Buffett
Keyboards – Mike Utley
Drums – Sammy Creason, Philip Fajardo
Percussion – Farrell Morris
Guitar – Steve Goodman, Roger Bartlett, Jerry McGee
Pedal Steel – Doyle Grisham
Backing Vocals – Anita Bell, Buzz Cason, Don Gant, Ginger Holladay, Bergen White