LYRICS
back to the island

This station rules the nation
Go back to the island boy

Wake up early one morning
Kiss my mama goodbye
Going back to the island
I'll see ya
Don't worry mama, don't cry

Be leaving on the island stable
I sure hope that she's still able
Goin' to sea around 5 o'clock
I'll stand at the bow and see the dock
Out in the fields from dawn til dusk
Swimming in the blue hole is a must
That island where I was born
First thing I will do is grown some corn

Wake up early one morning
Kiss my mama goodbye
Going back to the island
I'll see ya
Don't worry mama, don't cry

Been cookin' outside in the iron pot
So young when I learned, I haven't forgot
How to cast and walking
Old folks smoking pipe and talking
Saturday night we're gonna dance and sway
Shake my belly, do that all day
People don't you understand
Live like a king and be a happy man

Wake up early one morning
Kiss my mama goodbye
Going back to the island
I'll see ya
Don't worry mama, don't cry

Go back to the Island, boy

Are you ready? How you gonna get there?
By mail boat
Are you ready? How you gonna get there?
By mail boat
A go, a go, a go, a go, a go, a go, a go,
A go, a go, a go, a go, a go
We got to go to Nassau
Go to Naussau
Go to Cat Island want to be Exuba
Go down to Fregua
Go to Niguana
Go to Long Island
And then Ratingua

Wake up early one morning
Kiss my mama goodbye
Going back to the island
I'll see ya
Don't worry mama, don't cry

I got to go, I got to go, I got to go back to the island
I got to go, I got to go, I got to go back to the island
I got to go back, I got to go back, I got to go back to the island
I got to go, I got to go, I got to go back to the island

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Originally recorded by Leon Russell (Will O' The Wisp, 1975)
Covered by Hanson on their first independent album (Boomerang, 1995)