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One Particular Harbour

One of my personal all-time favorite Jimmy Buffett songs.  My interpretation of this song is this: each of us has that special place where we find comfort and security and within this harbor, we have the freedom to enjoy life to it’s fullest.

This is our theme with LifeMAPP and Building Your Ideal Life – to build your ideal life, you must first begin with your ideal environment.  Not your perfect environment, but your ideal environment.  One in which you are free to pursue your passions, interests and gifts with a support system that allows you to thrive and be your best.  Too often, people cling to bad environments only to find bad results.  To them I say, find your One Particular Harbour, sheltered from the wind.

The lyrics alone do not do justice as the rhythm, percussion and tempo drive the song into your bones.


Ia ora te natura
E mea arofa teie ao nei
Ia ora te natura
E mea arofa teie ao nei

I know I don’t get there often enough
But God knows I surely try
It’s a magic kind of medicine
That no doctor could prescribe

I used to rule my world from a pay phone
And ships out on the sea
But now times are rough
And I got too much stuff
Can’t explain the likes of me

But there’s this one particular harbour
So far but yet so near
Where I see the days as they fade away
And finally disappear

But now I think about the good times
Down in the Caribbean sunshine
In my younger days I was so bad
Laughin’ about all the fun we had

I’ve seen enough to feel the world spin
Mixin’ different oceans meetin’ cousins
Listen to the drummers and the night sounds
Listen to the singers make the world go ‘round

Ia ora te natura
E mea arofa teie ao nei
Ia ora te natura
E mea arofa teie ao nei

Lakes below the mountains
Flow into the sea
Like oils applied to canvas
They permeate through me

And there’s that one particular harbour
Sheltered from the wind
Where the children play on the shore each day
And all are safe within

Most mysterious calling harbour
So far but yet so near
I can see the day when my hair’s full gray
And I finally disappear

Ia ora te natura
E mea arofa teie ao nei
Ia ora te natura
E mea arofa teie ao nei

Ua pau te maitai no te fenua
Re zai noa ra te ora o te mitie

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