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"Seminole Bingo" is a song by American singer/songwriter Warren Zevon from the 1995 album Mutineer. This song is one of many songs performed by Warren Zevon on The Late Show with David Letterman. Link to this performance

About Edit

Warren Zevon has described the song as being "about Florida" before being played at gigs. It was written when Warren found an ad for an Indian gaming in a hotel lobby in Miami, Florida and he asked friend Carl Hiaasen to help him write the song. The Seminole are a Native American people originally of The State of Florida.

The line "down in the swamp with the gators and flamingos" is simply because of the alligators are found all over many parts of the State of Florida.

Music Edit

"Seminole Bingo" is in the key of E minor. Distorted electric guitar and piano are the most prominent instruments. The song features two guitar solos and much guitar filled the song. The song clocks in at 3 minutes and 12 seconds long. "Seminole Bingo" has more of a hard rock edge to it than most Warren Zevon songs featuring a heavy rock drum beat and palm muting chord progressions on the guitar, pinch harmonics and whammy drives.

Lyrics Edit

Note: the text of this song's lyrics is not under the same copyright license as the wiki's encyclopedic text, it is used under fair use/dealing.

I'm a junk bond king

And I'm on the run

Me and a friend of mine

We were headed for the sunshine

I got my hands on the wheel

I got gas in the tank

I got a suitcase full of money

From a Luxembourg bank


We didn't stop 'til we got to Big Cypress

Wandered in to the Legion Hall

The sign outside said "Seminole Bingo"

Fell in love with the ping pong balls

And the SEC is far behind

Down in the swamp with the gators and flamingos

A long way from Liechtenstein

I'm a junk bond king playing Seminole Bingo


And my Wall Street wiles

Don't help me even slightly

'Cause I never have the numbers

And I'm losing nightly


I cashed in the last of my Triple B bonds

Bought a double-wide on the Tamiami Trail

I parked it right outside the reservation

Fifteen minutes from the Collier County Jail

And the SEC is far behind

Down in the swamp with the gators and flamingos

A long way from Liechtenstein

I'm a junk bond king playing Seminole Bingo


And the SEC is far behind

Down in the swamp with the gators and flamingos

A long way from Liechtenstein

I'm a junk bond king playing Seminole Bingo

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