The Cocabanana Band

The Cocabanana Band

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Caribbean Rock with some hot covers with intricate, powerful harmonies, stacked on steel drums and guitars, riding a wave of spicy Latin rhythms.

Biography

Introduction to THE COCABANANA BAND and their Carib Rock Genre

The seeds of The Cocabanana Band’s sound were watered back in 1997 when John Burrows and FACE!
began their 6 year, Wednesday night run at John Stone’s Tavern in Ashland, Massachusetts.

Burrows’ island/ nautical background led to set lists of original songs chronicling his Caribbean island experiences.

As the band’s primary songwriter, the song that predicted the evolving Cocabanana Band sound was his “Hey There” a simple song written “to the audience from the band”.

What emerged from those several hundred Wednesday night sessions was a sound built on Crosby Stills and Nash, Orleans, and Poco- like harmonies singing Burrows’ Carib Rock lyrics.... soon to be stacked upon a very hot and spicy Latin Rhythm section.

FACE was gradually shaping the musical standards of the new band. With perfect pitch, a rare gift, every nuance within the act was scrutinized.

Musical Director FACE! explains: “Singers with good intonation could pretty much ad lib a 2 part harmony and sound pretty good. But,…..adding the third and fourth parts takes exponentially more effort to get the intervals right.

That’s why the band has a weekly 4 hour rehearsal, to get it right.

For a detailed time line of the band and how it's unique Caribbean Rock Sound evolved see their web site below:

Here you'll also find each members bio.

Lyrics

Bayou Hurricane (written in 2000)

Written By: John Burrows

VERSE 1
She was a wild Creole babe
With eyes as black as the night
She left the dead end delta
For the bright N’Orleans lights
Hustlin’ drinks in the steamy French Quarter bars
Where the jazz goes down ‘til the sun
Burns under the stars

CHORUS 1
Bayou hurricane, blow the levy down
Bayou hurricane, floodin’ downtown

VERSE 2
Her moma said, “Bourbon Street night life ain’t for you child.
Gonna spin yo’ head around gonna drill you
In the ground ya’rn too wild child
The boys are packin’ heat in the dirty streets, they be downtown
Where the hit man hits and dog gets bit it’s downtown

CHORUS 2
Bayou hurricane, blow the levy down
Bayou hurricane, blow the levy down
Blows the levy down
Floodin’ downtown

VERSE 3
She was a wild Creole babe
With eyes like the black of the night
She left the dead end delta
For the bright N’Orleans lights
Hustlin’ drinks in the steamy French Quarter bars
Where the jazz goes down ‘til the sun
Burns under the stars

CHORUS 3
Bayou hurricane, blow the levy down
Bayou hurricane, blow the levy down
Blows the levy down
Floodin’ downtown

Creole sung by Kellianna Giroud is a translation of the Chorus provided by Margaret Deroumer of Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Green Glass Bottle

Written By: John Burrows

VERSE 1
Hot damn, I’m aware that my wave just broke
Crashed down . . . my life clearly needs an antidote
I filled a green glass bottle with a shipwreck note
I have to find an island where my dreams will float

VERSE2
We’ll find where the back roads of Anguilla go
We’ll slurp the escargot down in Marigot
We’ll take the fastest boat and then we’ll sail her slow
We’ll storm the island jail and let the bad girls go and let the bad girls go

CHORUS
I want to take some time and put my life on hold
Step on my cell phone all the stories put on hold
It’s time to just be limin’ it’s Eirie with me
I’m gonna take my fax and bust up my TV

CHORUS 3
Sippin’ rum soakin’ up the sun at the Sand Bar scene
Captain Kid never did what they said, Hell history is mean
Dunes Preserve, man I got the nerve just to run it on high beams
I feel like fall out, damn that rat race grew obscene

CHORUS
I want to take some time and put my life on hold
Step on my cell phone conversations put on hold
It’s time to just be limin’ It’s Eirie with me
I’m gonna take my laptop and bust up my TV

Southern Cross

Written By: Steven Still Richard and Michael Curtiss

Southern Cross /A The intro is :A G D - A G D A
(XXXX)= harmony
Words and music by Stephen Stills, Richard Curtis, and Michael Curtis

Got out of town on a boat to the southern islands
On a reach before a following sea
We were making for the trades on the outside,
and the downhill run to Pape-ete.

Off the wind on this heading, lie the Marquesas
We got eighty feet of waterline (nicely making way) stop
In a noisy bar in Avalon, I tried to call you
But on the midnight watch I realized (why twice you ran away.) HOLD no stop Think about
Chorus G D G A
(Think about how many times I have fallen
Spirits are using me; larger voices callin'
What heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten.HOLD

I have been around the world, Lookin’
looking for that woman-girl
who knows love can endure.)
And you know it will. you know it will. A G D A G D
Verse 3 Only verse with no stops
(When you see the Southern Cross for the first time,
You understand That’s why you came this way.
'Cause the truth you’ve been running from is so small.
But it's as big as the promise, the ((promise of a comin' day.))

So I'm heading all the way. My fears are a-dying.
And my love is an anchor tied to you, (tied with a silver chain.) stop
I have my ship, and all her flags are a-flying.
She is all that I have left, and (music is her name.)

Think about...Chorus
LEAD
Verse 4
So we cheated and we lied and we tested.
And we never failed to fail. It was the easiest thing to do.Stop/Hit
You will survive being bested.
Somebody strong comes along/ make me forget/forget about loving you
and the Southern Cross.

Sea Shell Princess

Written By: John Burrows

VERSE 1
She was walkin’ down the beach, the sun was hot
She was warm all over
Sand was siftin’ thru her feet, summer breeze in her hair
Blowin’ from the ocean

VERSE 2
Then inside a morning mist
Came a vision from her past
That she put in motion
Reflecting on a summer day
So long ago,
It’s fading from her memory

CHORUS
Just let her be, leave her alone
Down by her sea she found a home
The Sea Shell Princess needs some time alone

BRIDGE
Then I saw you and I was, I was alone and I was
I was alone and I was . . .
Waiting for you

CHORUS
Just let her see, see for herself
A mystery, she knows it well
The Sea Shell Princess needs some time alone

The sun was hot
She was warm all over

Twenty Seconds to Party Time

Written By: John Burrows

VERSE 1
See the people dancing in the street
They be lovin’ everyone they meet
Everybody has the dancing feet
The Moko Jumbie dancing to the beat

CHORUS
There’s 20 seconds to Party Time
19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12

VERSE 2
Well everybody havin’ a good time
Cause they be drinkin’ pink lemonade and wine
Everybody they be feelin’ fine
‘Cause they Jump’n’ D’line

CHORUS
Just 12 seconds to Party Time
11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4

BRIDGE
Oh it’s Party Time Yea Party Time Yea Party Time
Oh Yea Party Time
Tonight oooh
Party Time Yea Party Time Oh Yeaaaaa Oh Yeaaaaa

VERSE 3
Everybody goin’ out tonight
Ain’t nobody goin’ to start no fight
Cause all the people are hidin’ from the lights
The music takes us all to the morning light

CHORUS
4 seconds to Party Time
Just 4 seconds to Party Time
Party Time 3 2 1 let’s go

No more seconds to Party Time

It’s just seconds to Party Time

Get your seconds at Party Time
No more seconds to Party Time

Discography

Boats 4 Sale: The Cocabanana Band LIVE!
14 songs with 4 covers. Just arrived Sept., 2006. Hear all songs from our new CD at www.cocabananband.com

The Perfect Storm CD 13 Songs with 1 cover

Set List

CONCERT SET ONE

(**original song)

One Particular Harbor - J. Buffett E 2D
Love the One Your With - D-Steven Stills
Southern Cross- A - Stills
**Boats For Sale E up 2D
**Hey There G 5D
Blue Guitar -Peter Mayer G 5D
Son of a Sailor -J Buffett E 2D Harp A
**20 Seconds To Party Time G 5D
If i Had A Boat - Lyle Lovett E up 9 G
** Take Me Back Home G D
Good Ship Pablo Cruise - Pablo Cruise D
La Isla BoniYa
Three Little Birds -B Marley A
Pirate Looks at 40 -Jimmy Buffet G Harp C
Savannah Fare You Well-Hugh Prestwood Em Guantanamera-Campay Segundo
Fins-Jimmy Buffett

CONCERT SET TWO

Anyway - Entrain E 2D
Volcano - J. Buffet E 2D Harp E
In The Meantime - Peter Mayer A 7 D
**Sea Shell Princess G 5D
**Caribbean Love Song D Harp D
Southern Cross -S. Stills and Curtiss Brothers