Departure and worry
And worry, and worry
Still shake me
Resistance failed

Resistance failed
And friendship failed
And friendship failed
As lovers we did not fail

As lovers we did not fail
Brown eyes your pulse is getting hotter
Brown eyes your pulse is getting quicker
Quote Captain Badass,

"I am setting your heart on fire
So when you leave me
I will burn on in your soul"
You won't have to think twice

If it's love you will know
We get no second chance in this life
We get no second chance in this life
So a hot pulse is alright

So a quick pulse is alright
So a hot kiss is alright
So a long kiss is alright
So a long night is alright

And all night is alright
There ain't no contest
Against the final day
We'll rise above us either way

We're either greeted
By life or it's reverse
Then each day greeted
By fortune or it's reverse

Will you stand up for your one chance
Will you stand up for love
We get no second chance in this life
We get no second chance in this life

You won't have to think twice if it's love
You will know

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Captain Badass Lyrics as written by Jason Molina


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  • +2
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    Did anyone see the Pitchfork review of The Lioness where this was called "Makeout song of 1999?" I agree totally.

    evilfishmanon September 03, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    You never really have to think twice if it's love, because you'll just know, deep in your bones, you know. This song's always given me the vibe of "forbidden relationship," I guess because of the dark undertones which imply that they only have one shot at being together. The girl won't admit how she feels and he realizes she won't, but he's saying that no matter what happens, she'll always have to live with him in her past. She can deny her feelings to him all she wants but she can't really deny them to herself. The whole "at friendship we failed, as lovers we didn't" seems to say to me that outside forces kept them apart, but deep down they both love each other, regardless, though they can't be together.

    I love the part about setting someone's soul on fire so that even when they leave, they'll have you with them long afterwards. It's a nice consolation when you feel forgotten or like things are beyond repair with someone.

    delialon April 30, 2007   Link
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    "We're either greeted By life or its reverse Then each day greeted By fortune or its reverse"

    Brilliant. By far some of the best lyrics I have heard in a long time.

    I think one of the things that makes this song so seductive is how encouraging it is. It pretty much goes through all the fun/slighly brutal points of a relationship for us in a matter of minutes. Whether that means bringing back memories of past flames, or creating a fantasy, this song rocks at imagery!

    This can be deemed a wonderfully catchy tune, or people can actually walk away from this song with a love anthem blazed into their soul.

    "Will you stand up for your one chance? Will you stand up for love?"

    ...and I agree about the Van Morrison comparaison. I got that too.

    britbachon July 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    i like the way the guy sings this song, it's very pretty.

    weezerific:cutleryon January 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    what's this song mean to me? well it's only my screen name for the love of jason molina! i guess that means i like it!

    captain badasson May 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    this song is almost hypnotizing. I want to learn to play parts of it on the gee-tar.

    Xweezerkidon October 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    this song is awesome. it actually kind of reminds me of moondance by van morrison. not the lyrics or anything...just the music and the voice and everything.

    your_name_hereon August 10, 2005   Link
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    masterpiece. i can hear it on repeat for days and it will still shake me. romantic. hypnotizing. i can't even begin to say how much i love this song. if i ever meet a guy and he can sing this or play this or even puts it on- i will walk away because the last guy i met who liked this song did set my heart on fire. captain badass. and i lied .. i'd probably get lost in a hot pulse- cuz all that is alright.

    eeriemilyon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    Best love song ever.

    McWatton July 13, 2006   Link
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    Met him at a show in Minneapolis, and must say, for all the sadness in his music he is a really upbeat and energetic guy. I chatted with him for a bit after the show and he was really nice and cool. He even signed my cast!

    Its always frightening meeting people you've idolized for so long, they could turn out to be real dicks. Luckily I can confirm that Jason truly is the captain of all things badass.

    mothmeetsclothon April 18, 2011   Link

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