I never used to miss the chance to climb up on his knee And listen to the many tales of life upon the sea. We'd go sailing back on Barkentines we'd talk of things he did Tomorrow just a day away for the Captain and the kid
His world had gone from sailing ships to raking mom's backyard He never could adjust to land although he tried so hard We both were growing older then and wiser with the years That's when I came to understand the course his heart still steers
He died about a month ago while winter filled the air And though I cried I was so proud to love a man so rare He's somewhere on the ocean now that's where he oughta be With one hand on the starboard rail he's wavin' back at me
I never used to miss the chance to climb up on his knee And listen to the many tales of life upon the sea We'd go sailing back on Barkentines we'd talk of things he did The world was just a day away for the Captain and the kid
Hugh Mcphee from Wick, United KingdomGreat song. Perhaps a wee bit more obscure than the favourites like Margaritaville, et all.
Cage from Boston, MaJust want to reiterate that this is a beautiful song about his "grandfather"
Patrick from Philadelphia, PaBuffett often tells the story that when he first was shopping this song around that a record executive told him that it was too sad and that he would have to change the ending so that "The Captain" didn't die at the end. Buffett refused, when asked why he said, "because in the real world he did."
Richard from Jefferson, NcActually, it was about his grandfather. See the liner notes in 'Boats Beaches Bars & Ballads'
"The Night Chicago Died" was written and recorded by the British group Paper Lace. They talk about Al Capone in the song, but got a lot of details wrong - understandable since they wrote it based on gangster movies.