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African Friend (1973) is one of my favorites from the Son of a Son of A Sailor album and well proves that one of the things that Jimmy Buffett does best is tell a story; he is a writer at heart. This story is about a man from Africa visiting Haiti, we're never told why but there is some political feeling to his visit. Looking forward to some free time, he goes to a casino, plays craps and runs into the narrator (I always think it is Jimmy, but who knows). They have a great time gambling, winning, drinking and ending up on the "steps of a whorehouse".
The African man is asked to leave the country and leaves the narrator a note which has my favorite Buffett lines in it: "It was a pleasure and a hell of an evening, surely was our night to win". I think of these lines every time I've had a great night doing anything especially gambling. The American and African became friends for a night and who knows, maybe always.
What are your thoughts on this song?