I've come down with something
I'm frozen, tied up, cast in lead
It's simple, so says the captain
Face forward, move slow, forge ahead

I'm earning a reputation
My conscience, mistrust and regret
Courageous, just like the captain
Marching forward with no doubt in his head

Onward
Onward
Onward
Onward



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    General CommentMost inspiring songs are about getting through the tough times or making lemons into lemonade. Sounds like Miller is saying in this one that the times never seemed rough to him.

    In my opinion, the only weak song on the new album. The lyrics seem cheesy...and forced, not free-flowing like Miller's other songs.
    arrstaron June 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI disagree about it seeming like there are no rough times. I think this song is merely promoting a simple approach to complicated rough times: "Face forward, move slow, forge ahead...Onward" It sounds like he's been inspired by someone stronger than him, the courageous captain, and he's trying to be like that in order to get through his own rough times. That's my opinion. I enjoy the song a lot.
    XTREMECorCoron June 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentUnderstand they seem like boring lyrics at face value, but here's the deal. I think this is Guster's version of Bright Eyes "When the President Talks to God." First person account from the eyes of the president (twangy country feel) and the captain is, well, The Captain.
    V Snizzleon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes this song remind anyone else of "The General" by Dispatch? I think this song is about God. It would be about Jesus if they weren't Jewish...
    WeezerNationon July 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment^ you're joking about the General comparison, right? the only similar thing is the title. the actual meanings of the songs, in my opinion, are completely different.
    nontoxicavengeron July 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm thinking this might be political, anti-Bush. I can't think of any politics having come from Guster ever before (unless I missed it, always possible), but a lot of people who don't normally care much are getting worked up over recent events.

    The oversimplification of a problem in the first verse, "marching forward with no doubt in his head" in the second. I'm thinking maybe captain=Bush.
    gravity_defianton July 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhether or not the Captain is Bush, or the song is supposed to be Bush's first-person account the captain is his concept/interpretation of God - it's brilliantly subtle and definitely political. This whole album is subtly political right down to it's name "Ganging up on the Sun/Son" (as in W is the son of Bush 1). Listen to Manifest Destiny - it's about ceceding and starting over and takes a dig at the "leaders." Personally, I'm glad Guster is joining the many groups writing and railing against this administration...
    V Snizzleon July 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhether or not the Captain is Bush, or the song is supposed to be Bush's first-person account the captain is his concept/interpretation of God - it's brilliantly subtle and definitely political. This whole album is subtly political right down to it's name "Ganging up on the Sun/Son" (as in W is the son of Bush 1). Listen to Manifest Destiny - it's about ceceding and starting over and takes a dig at the "leaders." Personally, I'm glad Guster is joining the many groups writing and railing against this administration...
    V Snizzleon July 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah this song is definitely anti-Bush...awesome part is the irony of making it a country song, because the majority of country songs and singers are Republican, patriotic types.
    GrUoScTkEsRon January 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is simply about forging ahead through strife and apprehension, with the guide of the Captian, who could be supernatural or otherwise.
    joesangeloon February 20, 2007   Link

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