"My Sad Captains" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey, Craig Lee Potter, Mark Potter, Peter James Turner and Richard Barry Jupp....
I'm running out of miracles
Oh my soul
And the streets are lined with one-man shows
Oh my soul
Corner boys were moved along
Oh my soul
We're plummeting like crippled crows
Oh my soul

Oh, long before
You and I were born
Others beat these benches with their empty cups
To the night and its stars
To be here, and now, and who we are

Another sunrise with my sad captains
With who I choose to lose my mind
And if it's all we only pass this way but once
What a perfect waste of time

The BMX apothecary
Oh my soul
The architect of infamy
Oh my soul
For each and every train we miss
Oh my soul
A bitter little Eucharist
Oh my soul

Oh, long before
You and I were born
Others beat these benches with their empty cups
To the night and its stars
To be here, and now, and who we are

Another sunrise with my sad captains
With who I choose to lose my mind
And if it's all we only come this way but once
What a perfect waste of time

Another sunrise with my sad captains
With who I choose to lose my mind
And if it's all we only pass this way but once
What a perfect waste of time

Another sunrise with my sad captains
With who I choose to lose my mind
And if it's all we only pass this way but once
What a perfect waste of time

What a perfect waste of time


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"My Sad Captains" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

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    Song MeaningThis song is a hymn to drinking friends long gone and mourns the fact that you can't go drinking every night with them when you're older like you once could before responsibility.

    The lyric: "Another sunrise with my sad captains, with you I choose to lose my mind" comes from a line in Shakespeare's play Antony and Cleopatra. It's adapted from when Mark Antony speaks about his drinking partners: "Come, let's have one other gaudy night; call to me all my sad captains; fill our bowls; once more, let's mock the midnight bell."

    The line "we only come this way but once" is a bastardisation of William Penn (founder of Pennsylvania). He was talking about realising you only have one life, realising your own mortality.
    niteflite01on March 19, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song, it reminds me of my mum, not a lot makes sense and it's just sad, and so this drinking is a perfect waste of time, being drunk is the real life, as opposed to the sober one which tends to be a struggle.
    admeanson March 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlready one of my favourite Elbow songs and just puts me in mind of all the mates I used to hang around with, friends and family who have passed away and a life which was far less complicated, where the carnage and fall out of a broken marriage and fractured home was yet to happen.
    I will cry, I know, when they play this at Birmingham next Saturday but Elbow have a habit of doing that to me.
    john127190on March 29, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI've grown up with friends, other dads mostly, who are my captains. They are strong and steady and responsible men, who still like to waste time (perfectly) and lose our minds. What a perfect song, and not at all making me feel it's about a time before children and other such responsibility.
    spinney73on April 16, 2014   Link
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    General CommentWon't waste words on what it's about when I can just close my eyes and listen!

    The best on the album for me by a mile. The brass is epic.

    Thank you.
    gtfycon April 26, 2014   Link
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    General CommentOnly Elbow could refer to skanky little sods running round on bikes as a bmx apothecry, whilst quoting William Penn in the next breath. A really, really lovely little song, which puts life into a certain perspective.
    andy78on January 22, 2016   Link

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