Right away, great captain
I'll go where you need me
The banks of the north shore
Or the hills I'll go fleeting.
Just give me a minute to tell my wife good bye,
I loved her so dearly but its time to take real flight.
On a dark desert road
Or a middle sized fake show you lead me to.
(Its so dark in there)

Well, right away, great captain
I'll surely leave everything
God bless I love you
But God you mean more to me
Than any three hole punched fake scripture could come from me
Just know that I love you
But love's such a simile.

For pearl gates of gold
I will do my best to meet you there half way
Or the whole way.
On a high way you know
Where the ending will take place so beautifully
So beautifully
So beautifully

Right away, great captain
I'll go where you want me to.
Don't make it much harder
Than what I have gone through
If you've got your systems I'll tear down these walls
You haven't seen devils 'til you've seen them all.
You've gotta be strong
Or I'll take it back, if you want me to.
On a highway you know
I will do my best to meet you there.

So please don't leave me,
Please don't leave me,
Please don't leave me.
I wish you'd say please don't leave me,
And I wish you'd say please don't leave me,
And I wish you'd say please don't leave me,
And I wish you'd say please don't leave me,
And I wish you'd say please don't leave me,
But darling I am leaving.


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  • +3
    General Commenti love the first "i wish youd say please dont leave me"... like he's just fully realizing the extent of his wife's betrayal... how much he didnt mean to her the moment she decided to cheat on him. the more i listen to this CD, the more i have to say about it. its beautiful.
    pimpmylizon September 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsecond song on the cd.. after the sailor found his wife cheating on him with his brother he realises hes going away for 3 years.. he does not say anything to his wife about it just says goodbye. even tho he wont be able to talk or communicate with his wife or anybody to tell them how he feels.. hes set on sailing and following his captains word nand living for his captain the next 3 years
    zach500on November 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentRight away great captain
    I'll go where you need me
    The banks of the north shore
    The hills I'll go fleeting
    Just give me a minute to tell my wife goodbye
    I love her so dearly but its time to take real flight
    On a dark desert road
    Or the middle sized fake show you lead me to, it’s so dark in there

    Right away great captain
    I’ll surely leave everything
    God blessed I love you
    But God you mean more to me
    Than any three hole punched fake scripture could come from me
    Just know that I love you
    But love's such a simile

    For pearl gates of gold
    I will do my best to meet you there half way
    Or the whole way
    On a high way you know
    Where the ending will take place so beautifully
    So beautifully
    So beautifully

    Right away great captain
    I’ll go where you want me to
    Don't make it much harder
    Than what I have gone through
    If you've got your systems I’ll tear down these walls
    You haven't seen devils ‘till you've seen them all
    You've got to be strong
    Well I’ll take you back, if you want me to
    On a highway you know
    I will do my best to meet you there

    So please don't leave me
    Please don't leave
    Please don't leave
    I wish you'd say please don't leave me
    And I wish you'd say please don't leave me
    And I wish you'd say please don't leave me, me
    And I wish you'd say please don't leave me
    And I wish you'd say please don't leave me
    But darling I am leaving
    Yeah I’m leaving
    DarkReignon April 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhole album make me cry.
    jacobtakeoon December 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen he states

    "but god you mean more to me
    than any three hole punched fake scripture could come from me"

    i believe he is refrencing the songs that he writes "three hole punched fake scripture", and that God means more to him than any of songs he has written.

    i think this whole song is about how all the gigs and shows and thats are his ultimate goal in life still fall short unless he is are following where God leads him.
    kthomason April 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe's not talking about God. The wording is kind of confusing. It'd be like he was saying, "But, God, You mean more to me." The word God is a pause, like its hard to find the words because the feeling is so intense. Its like "But, damn, you mean more to me, than any three hole punched fake scripture could come from me." It is talking about writing though. Cause in "Captain I'm Fine, and Thank You for Everything." He talks about how he still writes. Its just saying he loves his wife more than anything he could possibly put on the page.
    scobie290on September 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful.
    one of the best on the album.
    gg1120on December 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCall me an idiot but I cannot understand the lines "god you mean more to me than any 3 hole punch fake scripture could come from me" and "a middle sized fake show you lead me to" fake show? can anyone explain these to me?!
    heathertreaton October 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha i agree heather!
    love this song
    poignancy of 'i wish you'd say please don't leave me' is gorgeous
    it's a sad thing, to not be missed when you are missing
    joejoe0on October 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always saw the captain as a metaphor for his artistic ambitions, his drive to make music and express himself. I'm not sure if the whole album fits this interpretation, but I think this song fits pretty well. He's trying to balance his desire for happiness and companionship with his desire to be a great artist, which requires him to be lonely and to explore his unhappiness.
    EdBloomon August 25, 2015   Link

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