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John Bartus: Music

The Islands of Marathon

(John Bartus)
May 22, 2002
John Bartus
The official song of the City of Marathon, Heart of the Florida Keys.
The Islands of Marathon
Words & Music by John Bartus

So long ago they came to stay
As the railroad pushed on through
They found an island down in the Keys
Covered in skies so blue
They built a town and the trains rolled through
'Til the storm of '35
The railroad gave way to the automobile
As Marathon came alive

Chorus 1: Days on the ocean, walks on the beach
Sunsets on the bay
The moon casts a silver light on the water
Takes all my cares away
Palm trees swaying in the breeze
On this island I call home
It's the tropical life in the heart of the Keys
The Islands of Marathon

So long ago or so it seems
I left the mainland behind
Like so many before me, I heard the call
Came to find my peace of mind
Paradise on a sun-drenched isle
Worlds of wonder beneath the sea
But it's the people who care that make our town
The Heart of the Florida Keys

Chorus 2: Days on the ocean, walks on the beach
Sunsets on the bay
The moon casts a silver light on the water
Takes all my cares away
Palm trees swaying in the breeze
On this island I call home
It's the tropical life in the Florida Keys
The Islands of Marathon

Bridge: Head out on the ocean
Like the fishermen do every day
Feel the gentle motion
Celebrate another day

Chorus 3: Days on the ocean, walks on the beach
Sunsets on the bay
The moon casts a silver light on the water
Takes all my cares away
Palm trees swaying in the breeze
On this island I call home
From the Seven Mile Bridge to Grassy Key
The Islands of Marathon

2001 by John Bartus