The Captain and the Kid

Album: Down To Earth (1970)
  • 1970 Version

    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

Comments: 4

  • 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'
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