"I'm Your Captain" as written by and Larry Carlton....
Everybody,
listen to me,
and return me, my ship.
I'm your captain, I'm your captain,
though I'm feeling mighty sick.
I've been lost now,
days uncounted,
and it's months since,
I've seen home.
Can you hear me, can you hear me,
or am I all alone?
If you return me,
to my home port,
I will kiss you,
mother earth.
Take me back now, take me back now,
to the port, of my birth.
Am I in my cabin dreaming,
or are you really scheming,
to take my ship away from me.
You'd better think about it,
I just can't live without it,
so please don't take my ship from me.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
I can feel the hand,
of a stranger,
and it tightening,
around my throat.
Heaven help me, heaven help me,
take this stranger, from my boat.
I'm your captain, I'm your captain,
though I'm feeling mighty sick.
Everybody, listen to me,
and return me, my ship,
I'm your captain, yeah yeah yeah yeah
I'm your captain, yeah yeah yeah yeah
I'm your captain, yeah yeah yeah yeah
I'm your captain, yeah yeah yeah yeah

I'm getting closer to my home.
I'm getting closer to my home.


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"I'm Your Captain" as written by Larry Carlton

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    General CommentGood ideas so far, but this song is actually about the fear of being drafted to fight in Vietnam. It came out in 1970 when the conflict was still raging. The ship can be thought of as the soldier's freedom or his life. He doesn't want that life to be taken away by a "stranger." That's all I have to say about the song's meaning. This song really rocks, it's one of the best classic rock songs ever, right up there with Stairway, Comfortably Numb, Hotel California, Hey Jude, etc
    maidenfan13on December 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentReality slips away weather it be drugs or the draft. We always want to return to the sober side of life the innocence we have as a child. Remember the first time you relized that life is not as much fun as you thought it was going to be. Feel in what you want to just return me, my ship.
    RACC/E5150on October 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know but I have wondered for years if if is based on any real event (e.g. Mutiny on the Bounty) or symbolism for something else.
    vrahamon June 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDrugs? I dont think it is about that... I just think it is a catchy chord progression mixed with a classic story of an old sea captain and his love for his ship. I dont see how the ship could represent drugs. I'm Getting Closer to my Home? How is that drugs?
    SMUSER17019091on January 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis verse is the giveaway.

    "I'm your captain, I'm your captain,
    Although I'm feeling mighty sick.
    Everybody, listen to me,
    And return me, my ship. "

    Hes like, comparing himself to a ship, I think.

    It starts out with something like Acid. When you drop that first hit, you feel lost. Unable to cope or understand the plethora of new emotions presented to you.

    It moves on to a bad trip. Maybe something violent, like coke or heroin
    ?
    "I can feel the hand, of a stranger,
    And it's tightening, around my throat."

    The last three verses are the peak and the comedown, eventually it just fades away.

    Or hey, I could be wrong, the whole thing just seems like a euphemism for a trip to me,I guess.
    Sydeon February 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was about drugs. The ship being the drug that keeps him afloat:

    "You'd better think about it, I just can't live without it.
    So, please don't take my ship from me"

    -I take that as some type of intervention to try to get the person off of drugs.

    "I'm your captain, I'm your captain,
    Although I'm feeling mighty sick.
    Everybody, listen to me,
    And return me, my ship."

    -The intervention works so he tries cold tuckey but withdrawal makes him sick and he feels like he is drowing so he wants his drugs/"ship" back.

    "I'm your captain, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah"

    -He relapses and goes on a massive binge.

    "I'm getting closer to my home (to fade)"

    -Either he is OD'ing and dying, or he feels at home tripping.

    That's just my take.
    defuncton March 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds like the lyrics could be about someone who is trying to get off of drugs, and return "home", or out of the life of addiction.
    Kodyon March 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCool wait GREAT Song it is definetly signature Grand Funk its great my fav song of GFR
    Kissfreak811on July 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnybody else at least get the idea that this was alluding to Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!"?
    rankorkokaineon March 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlol
    indefeaton June 06, 2007   Link

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