"Captain Saint Lucifer" as written by and Laura / Nyro....
Mama mama
You're a whiz and a scholar too
Mama open up the room lock
Sip sip
I'm going to the moon dock
He gives to me
Buckles off shingles
Off a cockleshell on norway basin
Coke and tuna
Boots and roses from russia
Now I'll live and die and rise
With my captain
Mama say go
Meet me captain saint lucifer
Darlin' I'll be there
Don't you know
Meet me captain saint lucifer
Darlin' I'll be there
Don't you know
Now don't you know I love you
Meet me captain saint lucifer
La la la la la la la la
Oo I love you
Love you I do
Mama mama you're a whiz and a scholar too
Mama I'm at anchor in your glow now
Sip sip
Even as I go now
He gives to me
Buckles off shingles
And a jangle from a congo love chase
Early bloomers made of earth and love lace
Now I'll live and die and rise
With my captain
Mama be happy
Meet me captain saint lucifer
Darlin' I'll be there
Don't you know
Meet me captain saint lucifer
Darlin' I'll be there
Don't you know
Gutters in stacks
Is where I come from
Buckles off a poverty drum
Oh my love trumpet soul
Tell gabriel
To tell the captain
Thank you baby
You're my baby now


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"Captain Saint Lucifer" as written by Laura Nyro

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    General CommentI think its alcohol. Especially from the "sip sip" parts. But tsreyb is right, she left it very vague.
    supernukeon June 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentc'mon people, no comments on this great song???

    I think there are a few valid interpretations of what exactly captain saint lucifer represents: a lover, hard liquor, drugs, a mother's love. Which is correct? This sort of song is intentionally left vague by the songwriter so that each listener may bring their own experience and interpretation to the song.

    I know this sounds like a copout on my part. Nevertheless I think the great LN truly would want us to think of it this way.

    I do wish I knew what the hell some of the phraseology means:

    buckles off shingles? I've not a clue about this one.

    going to the moon dock? This could mean she's about to get high - on pot or booze or whatever.

    Gabriel is a biblical reference - he was an angel messenger from god according to some beliefs.
    tsreybon December 14, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionLoved Laura since college in the late 60s. L.N. either makes your skin kinda crawl at first, she's so RAW or you dive right in. I introduced my sister to her with New York Tendaberry album. I warned her - you have to just let it loose and go with it when she blows like a whale. I gave her Billy Childs' brilliant collaboration with Joni's ex husband Larry Klein called "Re-imagining Laura Nyro" with Yoyo Ma, Ricky Lee Jones, Alison Krauss, which is a MUST for Nyro lovers. Find this album and swoon!

    New York Tendaberry is to me a concept album... she just sat down at the piano and banged out some tunes, making up words as she went along, not worrying about meaning so much, as in a dream. Colors and textures and depth and mystical-ness. My fav. Nyro song if I had to choose one is Gibsom Street. It's so DARK yet has a golden edged horizon to it. 'The devil is hungry the devil is sweet, they hang the alley cats on Gibsom Street.' I mean, who does that? Who writes lyrics like that? The melody is so haunting the way it lurches around in the dark. Susan Tedeschi does a goosebump version on Billy Childs' album... imagine Laura done a-la Court and Spark production and backgrounds. The tension that is built up in this song is palatable... all my sorrows all my loving... goosebumps!!!

    Captain St. Lucifer is a stream-of-consciousness jumble of words that takes you for an uncomfortable ride. Gutters in stacks could just as easily be gutters in sacks or flutters in packs for all we know - or care. For some unknown reason we need mama's blessing to unlock the door to receive Buckles off shingles, Off a cockleshell on norway basin. We're in Norway and Russia and... a jangle from a congo love chase, early bloomers made of earth and love lace.

    I don't know what she was smoking or who made the moonshine she was sip-sipping but back in those days the mojo was thick with magic goo and forget-me-nots!
    silverybearon December 27, 2016   Link

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