"Captain Bligh" as written by and Richard Michael Patrick....
I give you one good tiny reason I think you could believe it
I give you one good tiny reason I think you could see through it
I'm not the kind of man that thinks the choke could hurt me
I'm not the kind of man that thinks the choke can see me

And you know a little bit goes a long way
And you know a little bit lasts a long time
And the time has come
To undo the wrong I've done

I am a grieving man
I can't believe the things I've done for you
I am a guilty man
I can't believe the things I've done for you

I give you one good tiny reason to push that big suit too far
I give you one good tiny reason to smash him and his big car
Everybody thinks I'm blue
Everybody thinks it's true
And I just can't keep in side

So you think it's you
So you think it's true
And you know a little bit lasts a long time
And you know a little bit goes a long way
And the time has come
To undo the wrong I've done

I am a grieving man
I can't believe the things I've done for you
I am a beaten man
I can't believe the things I've done for you

I am a blessed man
I can't believe the things I've done for you
I am a guilty man
I can't believe the things I've done for you

I am a grieving man
I can't believe the things I've done for you
I am a beaten man
I can't believe the things I've done for you

I tried to break...
I tried to break...
I tried to break...
Yes I will give it a shot...
Yes I will give it a shot...
Yes I will give it a shot...



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"Captain Bligh" as written by Richard Michael Patrick

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    General Commentits actuall about Trent Reznor's anti social habbits by richard after he left NIN
    NewNrthnHorizonon March 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentVice Admiral William Bligh was the captain of the H.M.S. Bounty - you may have heard of Mutiny on the Bounty. He was a lenient captain but he had a lot of personality disorders. His crew deserted him so they could live in Tahiti, as opposed to England. That makes me think that for Richard Patrick, Trent's controlling nature is like dreary England, and the grass is greener on the Filter side - so he committed 'mutiny' on the captain of NIN.
    thedukeyon September 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentExcellent lyrics and awesome music! The guitar work, especially. The way Richard sings, "So you think it's true / so you think it's true / Yeah you know a little bit lasts a long time" - brilliant, and the acoustic part with the atmosphere at the end. The guitar at 02:40!
    Karlon September 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMaybe...I've heard that there was a real "captain bligh"..and the song is about how he was a cruel man towards his crew and in the end they turned on him and he was just left with regret.
    St@rfuckeron May 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep, it's about Trent Reznor.
    kmk_natashaon April 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin an mtv interview with reznor they pointed out that his isolation is so infamous and that the band filter who's lead singer used to be in NIN wrote this song about reznor's isoloation habits
    Soldier1288on May 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentin an mtv interview with reznor they pointed out that his isolation is so infamous and that the band filter who's lead singer used to be in NIN wrote this song about reznor's isoloation habits
    Soldier1288on May 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentisolation*
    Soldier1288on May 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis explains why the original nine inch nails broke up.
    St@rfucker explains it well
    slevletteon August 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI hadn't heard the Reznor ties before, but I can see the connection. I've read Richard recounting the story (as he knew it, which is how it affects the song) of William Bligh in interviews. (That was all he said the song was about in what I'd read.) Richard saw how Bligh was one of the greatest navigators the world had seen, but while being incredibly talented, he was cruel to the crew that worked under him. He pushed them too far, and that led to mutiny.

    Evidence shows Bligh was quick-tempered, but didn't actually punish his crew as much as other officers typically did. I don't think the crew deserted him to live in Tahiti. After a mutiny, they didn't have a choice of returning to England--they were criminals evading prosecution. In trying to survive on the islands, most of the mutineers were killed by natives. Bligh was able to keep all but one of the loyalists he was cast off the Bounty (in a small boat) with from that fate, while navigating to safety without any map or compass.


    I have to admit, I've never been sure which side of the situation this song is writted from. I can see a lot of it as the conflict inside Bligh--trying to show he can control his men and the regret of failing to. I can also see it as the voice of the mutineer(s), asking that Bligh give a "little bit" and also acknowledging their guilt in defying his authority.
    scarron November 20, 2006   Link

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