I never used to miss the chance to climb up on his knee
And listen to the many tales of life upon the sea
We'd go sailing back on Barkentines we'd talk of things he did
Tomorrow just a day away for the Captain and the kid

His world had gone from sailing ships to raking mom's backyard
He never could adjust to land although he tried so hard
We both were growing older then and wiser with the years
That's when I came to understand the course his heart still steers

He died about a month ago while winter filled the air
And though I cried I was so proud to love a man so rare
He's somewhere on the ocean now that's where he oughta be
With one hand on the starboard rail he's wavin' back at me

I never used to miss the chance to climb up on his knee
And listen to the many tales of life upon the sea
We'd go sailing back on Barkentines we'd talk of things he did
Tomorrow just a day away for the Captain and the kid


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    General CommentSong is about his Grandfather teaching him the many things about sailing and life in general. Very sad song, one of Buffett's most emotional songs. Have to love it.
    FinsJimmyBuffett26on June 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's an awesome song.

    "We'd go sailing back on Barkentines"
    It's spelled: 'barquentines.' No need for caps either, seeing as how it's only a type of ship.
    Mitragorzon November 15, 2007   Link

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