Dan Gribbin

Dan Gribbin

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Folk - Contemporary | Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Total Song Plays: 2,849   
Member Since: 2005
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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Song Description

There are plenty of things to be skeptical about and to fear in Florida. But for those who can embrace the whole experience, the state offers real delight. That seems to be the mood of the old swamp rat who's regaling us with the delights of Florida in this song.

Story Behind the Song

Hanging around the swamps taking pictures of shore birds has put me in contact with some interesting characters. I sort of give voice to one of them in this song.


I've got a great blue heron on a hollow log.
He orders fish for breakfast, with a side of frog.
I've got Florida in my soul.
I've got a pink flamingo on my neighbor's lawn.
She never did move much, but now today she's gone.
I've got Florida in my soul.

Chorus: I've got Florida in my soul.
And there's a creepy crawlin' critter that's a-nibbling at my toe.
I'm gonna grab my guitar and hit the road.
And if an alligator proves to be an instigator when I try to navigate
around her path . . . I'm gonna biff her in the nose.

I've got an Okeechobee Alafaya dream.
I'm gonna sleep till dark and watch the swamp gas gleam.
I've got Florida in my soul.
I've got the northbound leaving on the Seabord Line,
But I'm a southbound drifter in this state of mind.
I've got Florida in my soul.

[Repeat chorus]

Bridge: When you've got Florida in your soul,
You love to hear the bellow of the old bull gator and feel that ocean roll.

I've got a snowy egret on a cypress knee.
He lets me take his picture for a nominal fee.
I've got Florida in my soul.
I've got blue crab boiling on an open fire,
And there's a St. Johns monkey on the telephone wire.
I've got Florida in my soul.

[Repeat chorus]

I've got a pileated pecker on a sabal palm.
If he's an ivory bill, we call the Audubon.
I've got Florida in my soul.
I'm an endangered species.
I'm the Crocodile Man.
I've got a dozen rattlers eatin' out of my hand.
I've got Florida in my soul.

[Repeat chorus]

Song Length
Folk - Americana, Country - Americana
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Welcoming, Cheerful

Subject Matter
Reptiles, Masculinity

Similar Artist
Willie Nelson
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Daniel V. Gribbin
Music Credits Daniel V. Gribbin
Producer Credits Alex Budzilek
Publisher Credits Daniel V. Gribbin
Label Credits Anhinga Harmonics