Panama è il brano estratto come terzo singolo da MCMLXXXIV (1984), il sesto album studio dei Van Halen, l’ultimo che avrebbe visto alla voce David Lee Roth fino al suo ritorno nel 2012.
Lo stesso David Lee Roth è l’autore del testo della canzone, il quale fu scritto per provocazione in risposta ad una critica che fu mossa verso il gruppo secondo la quale le loro canzoni erano sempre incentrate soltanto su sesso, party e macchine: in realtà mai nessuna prima di allora era stata dedicata ad una macchina, e per questo Panama ne descrive l’emozione di possederne una rombante (Panama era il nome della sua macchina). Addirittura durante la registrazione canzone è stato campionato e poi inserito il suono della Lamborghini di Eddie Van Halen.
La canzone fu utilizzata per accompagnare ad alto volume l’operazione militare statunitense “Just Cause”, ovvero l’invasione militare di Panama del 1989 per far deporre il dittatore Manuel Noriega.

Tablatura per chitarra con trascrizione delle relative tonalità + testo della canzone.

Panama Guitar Tab Tablatura Chords Accordi per Chitarra Spartito

E    Esu4   B	    E	   E  B   D	Dsu4  A
--------------------------------|-------------------------|-
-9----10-----7------9------10-7-|-7-----8-----7-----------|-
-9-----9-----8------9-------9-8-|-7-----7-----8-----------|-
-9-----9-----9------9-------9-9-|-7-----7-----9-----7\\\--|-
-7-----7------------7-------7---|-5-----5-----------O\\\--|-
---O-O---O-O---O-O----O-O-------|---O-O---O-O-------------|-
PM (all open E's)				    DB(Dive Bomb -
Hit the Twang Stick)
E    Esu4   B	    E      E  B   D     Dsus4 A
--------------------------------|-------------------------|
-9----10-----7------9------10-7-|-7-----8-----7-----------|
-9-----9-----8------9-------9-8-|-7-----7-----8-----------|
-9-----9-----9------9-------9-9-|-7-----7-----9-----####--|
-7-----7------------7-------7---|-5-----5-----------####--|
---O-O---O-O---O-O----O-O-------|---O-O---O-O-------------|
PS	     (Pick-Slide)
Pre-Verse:
C#min		     B/Bsu4   A
|-0---------------------------------------------|-
|-5------------------4-5-4--4\2--2-2------------|-
|-6------------------4-4-4--4\2--2-2------------|-
|-6------------------4-4-4--4\2--2-2--4^h^4~~~~-|-
|-4------4-4-4-4-4-4----------------------------|-
|-----------------------------------------------|-
$				      AH    	    ($ = strum & let ring)

C#min		   B/Bsu4   A  	    B   [---------Riff #1------------]
-4---------------------------------------O-----O-----5----5-----5-----|
-5--4---4-5---4-5-4--4\2--2-2--------------4-----4-----4----4-----4---|
-6----6-------4-4-4--4\2--2-2---------4------4-----4-----4----4-----4-|
-6------------4-4-4--4\2--2-2---------4-------------------------------|
-4------------------------------O-O-O-2-------------------------------|
----------------------------------------------------------------------|
[-Harmonics-]

Chorus:
 E   A  D  A D A G       E   A D   A D A G      E   A D   A D A G
|-----------------------|----------------------|----------------------|
|------3-X---3----------|------3-X---3---------|------3-X---3---------|
|----2-2-X-2-2-2--------|----2-2-X-2-2-2-------|----2-2-X-2-2-2-------|
|2---2-O-X-2-O-2--------|2---2-O-X-2-O-2-------|2---2-O-X-2-O-2-------|
|2---O---X-O---O--------|2---O---X-O---O-------|2---O---X-O---O-------|
|O-O-------------3/5\3~~|O-O-------------3/5\3~|O-O-------------3/5\3~|
(Uh!)		   (Hey yeah!....)		   (Uh Huh!)

-------------------------|
--------3-X---3----------|
-----2--2-X-2-2-2--------|
-2---2--O-X-2-O-2--------|
-2---O----X-O---O--------|
-O-O--------------3/5\3~~|Verse1:
  D  E                       E A D                D   E	          Asu2
|--------------------------------------------------------------------O---|
|-3----------------------------5-------------------------------------O---|
|-2--------------------------9-6-7----------------7-7-9----------O-O-2-\/|
|-O---2----------------------9-7-7----------------7-7-9----------O-O-2-\/|
|-----2----------------------7---5----------------5-5-7--------------O---|
|-----O----O-O-O-O-O-----------------(O)-(O)-(O)--------(O)-(O)----------|
Jump Back  What's that sound       Here she comes.....    Hot shoe..   $ PS

Bridge:
F#			 C#min (arpegiate chord)
|-O----------------------|-O----------|---------------------------|------|
|-O----O-----O-----O-----|-5----------|---------------------------|------|
|-3------3-----3-----3---|-6----------|-\-------------------------|-riff-|
|-4--------4-----4-----4-|-6----------|-\-------------------------|--#1--|
|-4----------------------|-4----------|----5-------3------------2-|------|
|-2----------------------|------------|------6-5~----4-5~--2~-O---|------|
$(Dont you know she...)  $(You lose a....)

Chorus

Verse 2 (basically the same as the first)

Solo:

--------------|------7----7-7------------|----------------|-------------|
--------------|----7------7-7------------|--H-T-P--H------|-------------|
--------------|9^F----9^F-----9^F^9^F\~/-|6-9-11-6-9- %5x-|-9^F^9^F~~~~~|
--------------|--------------------------|----------------|hold this----|
-3~-O----O----|--------------------------|----------------|bend for next|
------3~---3~~|--------------------------|----------------|-part -------|
..ah oh)				   WB = Whammey Bar     % = repeat
^F = Bend Full Step  H = Hamer-On
T = Tap		     P = Pull-Off

------------------------------------------------------------------------|
--------T----P---T----P---T----P----T----P---T----P---------------------|
-(9^F~)-14-(9^F)-12-(9^F)-14-(9^F)--16-(9^F)-14-(9^f^9~~)-7-7^WB-7-9-7~~|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
(release 9th bend here) ^  (bend up ^ with whammey bar)

-------------------------------|
-------------------------------|
-7^F-7-----7^F~----------------|
-------9-7------9-8-7----------|
----------------------9-8-7----|
----------------------------10-|

Break

|------------------------------------------------------------------|--
|------------------------------------------------------------------|--
|------------------------------------------------------------------|--
|---H--P-----------------H--P------------------H--P----------------|--
|-/9-10-9----7^F^7-----/9-10-9----9~--(9~)---/9-10-9---9~----------|--
|---------10--------7~---------10-----10-------------10---10-10/12-|--

--------------O-------|
--------------O-------|
--------------2-------|		The rest of this is pretty much the same,
---H--P-------3-------|		He throws some chords in there that you
-/9-10-9------3-------|		should be able to figure out.
---------10---1-------|
$ (Arpegiate Chord)

Panama Testo Lyrics

Jump back, what’s that sound?
Here she comes, full blast’n top down
Hot shoe, burnin’ down the avenue
Model citizen, zero discipline

Don’t you know she’s coming home with me
You’ll lose her in that turn
I’ll get her!

Panama, Panama
Panama, Panama

Ain’t nothin’ like it, it’s a shining machine
Got the feel for the wheel, keep the movin’ parts clean
Hot shoe, burnin’ down the avenue
Got an on-ramp comin’ through my bedroom

Don’t you know she’s coming home with me
You’ll lose her in that turn
I’ll get her
oh!

Panama, Panama
ow!
Panama, Panama
oh-oh-oh-oh
Woo!

[Solo]

Yeah, we’re runnin’ a little bit hot tonight
I can barely see the road from the heat comin’ off
know what I’m sayin’
uhh, I reach down between my legs n’ ease the seat back

She’s runnin’, I’m flyin’
Right behind in the rearview mirror now
Got the fearin’, power steerin’
Pistons poppin’, ain’t no stoppin’ now

Panama, Panama
Panama, Panama
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Panama, Panama
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Panama!

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