birds fly south
we get all kinda of people down here
tennessee williams once bought me a beer
it’s a poet’s town where the talk and tequila run free
it’s salt and lime to an old time pirate like me

i got no money in the bank
but my boat don’t have a big tank
back in 68 when the midwest had a big freeze
i  bought a one way ticket on a beat up dc-3

birds fly south
where the keys like pearls
are all strung out
across this neck of the world
where time drifts by
like the blades of a fan
as they slowly spin in a caribbean wind  
birds fly south

we got hippies from up north
businessmen in their brand new shorts
refugees from love and lost careers
the world out there is a world away from here

rockefeller and karl marx
shared the same stars after dark
you don’t need a big fine church with marble floors
if a little bit of heaven is what you’re looking for

birds fly south
where the keys like pearls
are all strung out
across this neck of the world
where time drifts by
like the blades of a fan
as they slowly spin in a caribbean wind  
birds fly south

got no money in the bank
but i got plenty of gas in my tank
when that runs out they can bury me out at sea
i bought a one way ticket on a beat up dc3


robert john jones and steve nelson  nectarthugs music (bmi)