McKinley hollered, McKinley squalled
Doctor said, “McKinley, death is on the wall
Say it to me, if you got something to confess”
I heard all about it, he was going down slow 
I heard it all, the wireless radio 
From down in the boondocks way down in Key West
I’m searching for love, for inspiration 
On that pirate radio station
Coming out of Luxembourg and Budapest 
Radio signal, clear as can be
I’m so deep in love that I can hardly see 
Down on the flatlands, way down in Key West

Key West is the place to be 
If you’re looking for immortality 
Stay on the road, follow the highway sign 
Key West is fine and fair
If you lost your mind, you will find it there
Key West is on the horizon line

I was born on the wrong side of the railroad track
Like Ginsberg, Corso and Kerouac
Like Louis and Jimmy and Buddy and all the rest 
Well, it might not be the thing to do 
But I’m sticking with you through and through 
Down in the flatlands, way down in Key West
I got both my feet planted square on the ground 
Got my right hand high with the thumb down 
Such is life, such is happiness
Hibiscus flowers, they grow everywhere here
If you wear one, put it behind your ear
Down in the bottom, way down in Key West 

Key West is the place to go
Down by the Gulf of Mexico 
Beyond the sea, beyond the shifting sand
Key West is the gateway key 
To innocence and purity 
Key West, Key West is the enchanted land

I’ve never lived in the land of Oz 
Or wasted my time with an unworthy cause 
It’s hot down here, and you can’t be overdressed
China blossoms of a toxic plant 
They can make you dizzy, I’d like to help you but I can’t
Down in the flatlands, way down in Key West 
Well, the fish tail ponds, and the orchid trees
They can give you that bleeding heart disease
People tell me I ought to try a little tenderness 
On Newton Street, Bayview Park 
Walking in the shadows after dark 
Down under, way down in Key West 
I played Gumbo Limbo spirituals
I know all the Hindu rituals 
People tell me that I’m truly blessed 
Bougainvillea blooming in the summer, in the spring
Winter here is an unknown thing
Down in the flat lands, way down in Key West

Key West is under the sun, under the radar, under the gun
You stay to the left, and then you lean to the right
Feel the sunlight on your skin, and the healing virtues of the wind
Key West, Key West is the land of light

Wherever I travel, wherever I roam
I’m not that far from the convent home
I do what I think is right, what I think is best
History Street off of Mallory Square
Truman had his White House there
East bound, West bound, way down in Key West
Twelve years old, they put me in a suit
Forced me to marry a prostitute
There were gold fringes on her wedding dress
That’s my story, but not where it ends
She’s still cute, and we’re still friends
Down on the bottom, way down in Key West
I play both sides against the middle
Trying to pick up that pirate radio signal
I heard the news, I heard your last request
Fly around, my pretty little Miss
I don’t love nobody, give me a kiss
Down on the bottom, way down in Key West

Key West is the place to be
If you’re looking for immortality
Key West is paradise divine
Key West is fine and fair
If you lost your mind, you’ll find it there
Key West is on the horizon line

Seventy-nine and going stronger than ever.

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