The Captain Lyrics

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen - The Captain Lyrics

Now the Captain called me to his bed
He fumbled for my hand
"Take these silver bars," he said
"I'm giving you command."
"Command of what, there's no one here
There's only you and me --
All the rest are dead or in retreat
Or with the enemy."

"Complain, complain, that's all you've done
Ever since we lost
If it's not the Crucifixion
Then it's the Holocaust."
"May Christ have mercy on your soul
For making such a joke
Amid these hearts that burn like coal
And the flesh that rose like smoke."

"I know that you have suffered, lad,
But suffer this awhile:
Whatever makes a soldier sad
Will make a killer smile."
"I'm leaving, Captain, I've got to go
There's blood upon your hand
But tell me, Captain, if you know
Of a decent place to stand."

"There is no decent place to stand
In a massacre;
But if a woman take your hand
Then go and stand with her."
"I left a wife in Tennessee
And a baby in Saigon --
I risked my life, but not to hear
Some country-western song."

"Ah but if you cannot raise your love
To a very high degree,
Then you're just the man I've been thinking of --
So come and stand with me."
"Your standing days are done," I cried,
"You'll rally me no more.
I don't even know what side
We fought on, or what for."

"I'm on the side that's always lost
Against the side of Heaven
I'm on the side of Snake-eyes tossed
Against the side of Seven.
And I've read the Bill of Human Rights
And some of it was true
But there wasn't any burden left
So I'm laying it on you."

Now the Captain he was dying
But the Captain wasn't hurt
The silver bars were in my hand
Pinned them to my shirt.

Translate Leonard Cohen - The Captain lyrics to:
In order to see the lyrics of Leonard Cohen - The Captain it is necessary to have java script enabled browser. We have another 102 lyrics of songs by Leonard Cohen, that you are able to see on the right or clicking on the artist's name. We plan in the future to enable the possibility to make translations of Leonard Cohen - The Captain lyrics on your own or other languages.

Example: To see English translation for the Leonard Cohen - The Captain lyrics please choose from the dropdown list English.

9.4 out of 10 based on 37 ratings.

Download Leonard Cohen - The Captain with Youtube to Mp3 downloader