"Thin Captain Crackers" as written by and Richards....
Here on the hill above the settlement, the buildings are talking
A tower to a terrace says the word's on the street, the dead are walking...

The brows are arched of the mews across the street
By a pale ochre light are made out heavy reliefs
Where all your dreams are borrowed all your senses are thieves
And Ned Kelly won't ride past your window despite the freeze on your disbelief

Don't bring 'em up if you can't put 'em down
Thin Captain Crackers bowling naked through the center of the town
The sun won't bake his blue skin brown, he's been too long underground

"I see," said a blind builder to his deaf daughter as he picked up his hammer and saw, "if blood is thicker than water why'd you dress in the dress that you wore?"

The blind are drawn by a blank curiosity
(Don't bring 'em up...)
Drawn on mirrors where windows used to be (if you can't put 'em down)

Some people might say "My desire's not the captain of me!"
And Red Barry might fly from his pedestal at night to spook the
University...

Don't bring 'em up if you can't put 'em down
Thin Captain Crackers bowling naked through the center of the town
The sun won't bake his blue skin brown, he's been too long underground

O tailor my bones what need new clothes but the lower half loves
What the upper half loathes, I could get around like an intellectual I
Suppose, wearing the highs with the lows
But I'd sooner sing these doleful drones by barcoo dog and
Lagerphones, but my hand don't write when a feather it holds, it hangs like a wren with its neck wrung, as did the bells in my quasi commode where I have to shift my head to see where my pillow goed, some mornings I wake up by the side of the road
Bringing it up for the gutter
After putting it down for the crowd?

I said I would arrive in the capital?
After chuckin' outside the St. Augustine's purple parish hall?
Don't bring 'em up if you can't put 'em down
And you know I can't


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    General CommentThin Captain Crackers is my favourite song off this album, apart from perhaps Cold Acre.
    It reminds me of a song for a brand of chips or something.

    "I see," said a blind builder to his deaf daughter as he picked up his hammer and saw, "if blood is thicker than water why'd you dress in the dress that you wore?"

    I think that when he mentions the "blind builder" and his "deaf daughter" he's not meaning it literally.
    By saying he's blind, perhaps he's meaning it in a way like, the builder doesn't see the things that really count in life, and he's always at his daughter about the choices she's made in life,etc. I guess she starts to ignore what he says, making her, in a way, deaf to what he says.
    Lotus_9on December 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song too! Definitely one of my faves. But what does it all mean? it reminds me of an old story, like history?
    klootzakon July 23, 2009   Link

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