"Good Morning, Captain" as written by and David Pajo Brian Mc Mahan....
Let me in, the voice cried softly
From outside the wooden door
Scattered remnants of the ship could be seen in the distance
Blood stained the icy wall of the shore

"I'm the only one left, the storm, took them all"
He managed as he tried to stand
The tears ran down his face
"Please, it's cold"

When he woke, there was no trace of the ship
Only the dawn was left behind by the storm
He felt the creaking of the stairs beneath him
That rose from the sea, to the door

There was a sound at the window then
The captain started, his breath was still
Slowly, he turned

From behind the edge of the windowsill
There appeared the delicate hand of a child
His face was flushed and timid
He stared at the captain through frightened eyes

The captain reached for something to hold on to
"Help me," he whispered, as he rose slowly to his feet
The boy's face went pale
He recognized the sound

Silently, he pulled down the shade against the shadow
Lost in the doorstep of the empty house

I'm trying to find my way home
I'm sorry
Yeah, I miss you

I miss you
I've grown taller now
I want the police to be notified
I swear, I'll make it up to you, promise I'll
I'll make it up to you, I'll make it up to you
I'll make it up to you
Let me go!
Let me go!
I miss you
I miss you


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"Good Morning Captain" as written by Britt Walford Brian Mcmahan

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  • +5
    My InterpretationI always thought that the Captain had returned home to his son, only to be turned away since he had chosen the sea and his shop over his family. His son, having not seen his father in so long, originally didn't recognize the Captain, but upon hearing his voice it all became clear. Hence the Captain yelling "I miss you" at the end of the song.

    Truly powerful though. When that realization hit me, it completely changed the entire album, in a sense.
    Valeton April 29, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHere's what I think it's about:

    The narrator (the captain) has lost everyone that he holds dear to him ("the storm took them all"), and he just wants everything to be like it was in the past. The only way he thinks he can do this is to die and go meet his freinds in the afterlife (the door he is infront of is the door to the 'beyond'.)

    However, the doorkeeper (the child) won't let him in. Due to some previous deeds, he is doomed to live forever and tell his story to whoever will listen, so as to warn others.

    If you have ever read the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, you can obviously draw parralells.
    timothyrealon September 19, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWow I didn't realise this song had so many lyrics...I mean the thing about Slint is that they are soo poetic but you have to listen really hard to hear what dude is saying. I think that he is such a talented singer (ie "Washer" the only song where he actually does sing) and I think his wonderful lyric writing would have stood out more if he had sung the songs instead of talking.
    arcarsenalon July 18, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAn addeneum to my previous post:

    Perhaps the child represents the captain when he was younger. In his quest to return to his carefree, simpler youth, the captain has to be granted it's permission before he can go back. However, his youth doesn't want let him in because the captain's been stained by all the wrong deeds he's done. The final stanza is the captain trying to apologize to his youth about the terrible things he's done.
    timothyrealon August 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdoes anybody know what year this song was released, it's a great song
    OurLastGoodbyeon July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song!! if you like this song in the least you must read the poem Rime of the Ancient Mariner. This is a tribute to it.
    SlidiousMeon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song is off 'spiderland' released in 1991 and yeah the song is a tribute to the poem Rime Of The Ancient Mariner. I prefer the lyrics being whispered, creates great atmosphere and goes well with the whole 'Slint Dynamics' thing.
    DonCaballeroon September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a great poem, and this is a great song.
    ShoeyFighteron March 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey thanks, i didn't know about the poem..
    great song,i can't even say something.
    melpomeneon May 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen Brian McMahan repeats "i miss you" how the song goes from tranquil to Intense ... is the best part of the song.. this song is excellent although i do wish the music didn't take over brians voice as much... i suppose that would probably take away the effect and would Obliterate the songs incredibility.. so its fine the way it is!
    trainspotting_R2D2on April 01, 2005   Link

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