"The Captain" as written by and Simon Alexander Neil....
Angels fall to the floor
Like they would if I was captain
"Silver children," She roared
"I'm not the son of God"

Somebody help me sing
Can anybody hear me?
Liars and lovers combine tonight
We're gonna make a scene

Somebody help me sing
Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Somebody help me sing
Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Help me be captain of
Our crippled disguises
I won't show what's underneath
It's time for surprises
I can't climb up your ladder
I can't ride your horse
I've swallowed half an hourglass
So now the landscape is swollen up

I gave birth to a fire
It's like his features where burning
I'm in control
I am the son of God

Somebody help me sing
Can anybody hear me?
Line up your soldiers one final time
We're gonna have a ball

Somebody help me sing
Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Somebody help me sing
Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Help me be captain of
Our crippled disguises
I won't show what's underneath
It's time for surprises
I can't climb up your ladder
I can't ride your horse
I've swallowed half an hourglass
So now the landscape is swollen up

Let's love death away
Let's love death away
Let's love death away
Let's love death away
Let's love death away
Let's love death away
Let's love death away
Let's love death away


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"The Captain [DVD]" as written by Simon Alexander Neil

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  • +4
    General Comment
    on his imaginary ship, he is captain, and he and his crew of sinners (liars and lovers) rule over death and religion (agels fall to the floor). But he's not there yet and because of this he feels inadequate, is lacking in confidence and now he's getting older, so now there's fewer prospects of this happening than before."eaten half an hour glass"-

    his life is remaining empty, lacking fulfillment and confidence. He's sick of the falseness of his own ship of liars (crippled disguises) and he wants to break free of this fake world he's bought into(it's time for surprises).

    the very ship he made himself captain of is actually not that great (gave birth to a fire)

    He can't get this girl because she's not buying into his falsely unconfident attitude.(can't ride your horse) which could be the frustration causing him to write this.
    annaconda744on December 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it sounds like 'Let's lock death away' at the end.

    Also, this song is absolutely amazing.
    theviewfromhereon September 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song originally came from a bootleg of a set in lyon in 2005. there were origionally going to be two songs, one called 'help me become captain/, and the second called 'captin sir', there are bootlegs about of 'help me become captian' and this song 'the captain' seems to basically an evolved version from it.
    calpolsixplus1on October 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno idea what it means.
    feeling of inadequacy, and he's trying to convince himself that hes better by saying so?
    that seems too plain to come from such beautiful words
    whitlock1843on October 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo idea what it means either. But wonderful song! I love it so much!
    ilovethekillers21on November 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"let's lock death away" it sounds more like, i think (:
    Sporkahon November 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about taking control of your life and asking for help in making your life better, as well as feeling inadequate in life and asking for help.

    "Help me be Captain of.."
    "Somebody help me sing..."
    "Can anybody hear me?"

    Also, its "Let's love death away" i heard it in the acoustic version :)
    LCPareAwesomeon December 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI gave birth to a fire?!? Lol wtf is that line about, I'd say this song is about smoking weed.
    LiamNCFCon December 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this book may have some meaning derived from John Connolly's "The Black Angel" have a read, and let me know what you think :)
    andybrown_10on December 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMy favourite song of 2009 and if it wasnt for snow hey oh by the rhcp my favourite of th noughties
    thetakeoveron January 16, 2010   Link

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