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One Particular Harbour by Jimmy Buffett

Album: One Particular HarbourReleased: 1983
  • Buffett: "I had my sights set on Tahiti a long time ago and connived my way there through my good friend Tom Moffatt in Hawaii. We went there to play a show to an unknown audience, but that didn't matter. I had still made it to Tahiti. At the airport we were met by an old expatriated American named Hugh Kelly who had run away from home a long time ago. We became instant friends, and he took me to his home on Moorea in the mountains above Cook's Bay. When I looked down at the vista, the song came out as if it had been sitting inside me waiting for the moment." (thanks, Ken - LaSalle, Canada)
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Comments: 11

I've loved this song since it's debut in 1983. Nowadays I see it as the metaphor for that final end. It gives me a rare comfort to view it as that safe and final harbor... after all, what can harm you once you're there? I don't exactly look forward to it, but at 50-something, this particular song has diminished my fear of it. It makes it seem almost comforting in a way.Ken - Pensacola Beach, Fl
We all have that 'One particular Harbor'. I would have to say mine is Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, BVI. It's is unbelievably beautiful. With wild chickens and goats running down out of the mountains to mingle with the tourists. I'm sure some of those chickens end up on the grill at the cabana cafes there.Terry - Colchester, Vt
hi Lived there when Jimmy came to Moorea saw him play at the bar at Hotel Bali Hai. All the Tahitians wanted him to play Cheese Burger in Paradise. Most of them of them didn't understand English, but they loved it. The view from Hugh Kelly's house is so breath taking I can see how Jimmy wrote One particular Harbor. Seeing what he saw and living there for 15 years that song will always have a special place in my heartMaureen - Winter Haven , Fl
Smoke in Belmar? As in Smoke the PJ?Jim - Hamilton, Nj
Zack, What bar in Manasquan? I'm from Belmar right next door to manasquanSmoke - Belmar, Nj
Kalyn....very nicely said. You seem like a genuine nice person and a truly good friend.Steve - Boston, Ma
"Ia ora te natura. E mea arofa teie ao nei" are Tahitian phrashes that translate to:
Nature Lives (Life to Nature), Have pity for the Earth (Love the Earth)
Joe - Atlanta, Ga
I was introduced to this song by a long time friend. He told me that no matter what was happening in his crazy life, I was his One Particular Harbor = where he felt safe and calm, and even though we had become separated by 200 miles (so far, and yet so near), we don't get together "often enough". I've seen him though the ups and downs of his life, two successful careers, the raising of his sons, the deaths of his wife, brother, and most recently, his father. Buffett has his story of this song, I have mine.
- Kathylynn, Springfield, IL
Kalyn - Springfield, Il
What is the origin and nationality of the words, "Ia ora te natura. E mea arofa teie ao nei", and what do they mean?Annabelle - Eugene, Or
there is a beach bar in Manasquan, New Jersey, when ever this song plays all of the cooks and bartenders start banging on all of the pots pans and bottles. This song just makes you want to cut looseZack - Vero Beach, Fl
To me, that that "one particular harbor" is that one place where you go to get away. Whether its a mental moment of solitude where everything is centered, or a physical place where you finally feel at ease. Even though Jimmy gave the explanation, I really feel like that when I listen to the lyrics.Brian - Providence, Ri