Calaloo

by Jimmy Buffett

from the album Don’t Stop the Carnival


Lyrics

Calaloo, strange Calaloo
Mysterious curious roux
Try as you might to avoid the hoodoo
Sooner or later we’re all in the stew

From here in my kitchen
I watch the whole scene
Life on this island’s
A unique cuisine
It simmers and bubbles
And looks quite routine
‘Til somebody spill all the beans

Calaloo, strange Calaloo
Mysterious curious roux
Try as you might to avoid the hoodoo
Sooner or later we’re all in the stew

Night after night
On that terrace out there
Plays a melodrama
Could equal Shakespeare
They may tell their self
That somehow they are not
Best take it from me,
We’re all in the same pot

Calaloo, strange Calaloo
Mysterious curious roux
Try as you might to avoid the hoodoo
Sooner or later we’re all in the stew

Hey Hey Sheila, Hey Hey Sheila
Hey Hey Sheila, what’s in that Calaloo
Hey Sheila tell us, Hey Sheila tell us
Hey Hey Sheila, what’s in that Calaloo

We got crab and pigtail
Squid ink and fish scale
Okra and dasheen leaves

Chitchat and chatter
Fill up the platter
With a garnish of pure make believe

Calaloo, strange Calaloo
Mysterious, curious roux
Though some might think that somehow they are not
Make no mistake we’re all in the same pot
Take it from me this is no Camelot