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Grand Funk Railroad — I'm Your Captain/Closer to Home
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Released: 1969
Length: 9:36
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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 for 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's tightening 'round 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
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I'm your captain
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It's the strings, man, for a '69 track to be so memorable. I surely cranked this multiple dozens of times on the stereo in the basement in Cranford. 
 raga wrote:
STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP
 
SIGN SIGN SIGN SIGN SIGN SIGN SIGN SIGN SIGN 
Hit the head when this started, did a little instagraming, and it's still on!
 Surfeurseb wrote:
I'm happy to read this here, now!

The fact is, I could got a digital copy of the album "On time", and was really astonished by their music: powerful, fresh, one of its kind...
I love it!

Seems like RP is more ready now than before, to integrate new GFR songs to its playlist?
freemusic wrote:
Yeah, I'd sure like to hear much more... "ON TIME", their first album was truly most excellent, as a complete work.  Their later albums were not quite up to the quality of the first.  It's unfortunate that no one can listen to that album now, since it was never released digitally, and the vinyl is certainly out of print.  My only copy bit the dust back in the 70's, (8 tracks just weren't meant to survive for more than about a year before becoming a ball of electronic yarn inside the players.)

This cut certainly seems like it was digitized, and sounds great — I still rate it at a 10.  I heard them live a few years ago at bike week in Orlando.  If you get the chance to hear them live, do so.  But, bring your ear plugs.  {#Motor}

treatment_bound wrote:
This is the only Grand Funk song being played here at RP, and it was just recently played for the first time since 2008.  But after reading the comments for this cut, it seems to be pretty much all positive from the RP faithful on GFR (outside of raga and deepwoodskev) . 

Maybe I have to do a reassessment on this band.  I guess it would help if I started hearing more of their music here. 

Will we start getting more Grand Funk Railroad "exposure" here at Radio Paradise?  Is America ready for of GFR revival?  I love the Jayhawks' cover of "Bad Time", which they usually play during encores, and it would be an awesome addition to see how it goes over.

Stay tuned...

 

 

 
About a year ago I bought the most recent reissue of this album on vinyl and it cleans up real nice.  With average quality mastering it is pedestrian, but with some polishing it is a really nice song with some good musicianship and both very listenable and enjoyable again.  This is true of a lot of the longer songs of this era.  They just need a little bit more love than they got the first time around.
 bam23 wrote:
Sorry to note that after all these years I still cannot find a way to like this. Why I don't know, although the remarkably pedestrian lyrics, even judged by the lax standards of the day, never rise above verging on silly. An objective listener would be challenged to see the merits in this piece, unless he/she was in high school when this was in perpetual play on the radio. A discerning listener might also note that there are rather pronounced intonation issues at points where the attention is focused on the interplay between the voice and the instruments. And it gets more  intense as the song works toward the crescendo. Nostalgia runs the gamut.
 

Do not agree, and I was born in '70. LOVED hearing this on 890am Worlds Largest Store 3 1/2 hours south of Chi-town. 
If I listen to it again, I'll probably have to count the repetitions of the title, after which I'll spurn it forever.
So, best use PSD to avoid that eventuality. 
Wait, does that even make sense? 
Sorry to note that after all these years I still cannot find a way to like this. Why I don't know, although the remarkably pedestrian lyrics, even judged by the lax standards of the day, never rise above verging on silly. An objective listener would be challenged to see the merits in this piece, unless he/she was in high school when this was in perpetual play on the radio. A discerning listener might also note that there are rather pronounced intonation issues at points where the attention is focused on the interplay between the voice and the instruments. And it gets more  intense as the song works toward the crescendo. Nostalgia runs the gamut.
I'm happy to read this here, now!

The fact is, I could got a digital copy of the album "On time", and was really astonished by their music: powerful, fresh, one of its kind...
I love it!

Seems like RP is more ready now than before, to integrate new GFR songs to its playlist?
freemusic wrote:
Yeah, I'd sure like to hear much more... "ON TIME", their first album was truly most excellent, as a complete work.  Their later albums were not quite up to the quality of the first.  It's unfortunate that no one can listen to that album now, since it was never released digitally, and the vinyl is certainly out of print.  My only copy bit the dust back in the 70's, (8 tracks just weren't meant to survive for more than about a year before becoming a ball of electronic yarn inside the players.)

This cut certainly seems like it was digitized, and sounds great — I still rate it at a 10.  I heard them live a few years ago at bike week in Orlando.  If you get the chance to hear them live, do so.  But, bring your ear plugs.  {#Motor}

treatment_bound wrote:
This is the only Grand Funk song being played here at RP, and it was just recently played for the first time since 2008.  But after reading the comments for this cut, it seems to be pretty much all positive from the RP faithful on GFR (outside of raga and deepwoodskev) . 

Maybe I have to do a reassessment on this band.  I guess it would help if I started hearing more of their music here. 

Will we start getting more Grand Funk Railroad "exposure" here at Radio Paradise?  Is America ready for of GFR revival?  I love the Jayhawks' cover of "Bad Time", which they usually play during encores, and it would be an awesome addition to see how it goes over.

Stay tuned...

 

 


the music is alright, but this "I'm getting closer to my home" that is repeated ad eternam is annoying... 
Jeez, Grand Funk Railroad! This makes me feel very old indeed: haven't heard them since I was a kid :)
heard this for the first time today. I think it blew my mind away in awe.
Wow, I'm back in my bedroom in high school, singing at the top of my lungs...blast from the past! This was one of my favorite albums at the time!
Just a 6.5?  What the #^*& is wrong with people?

Beautiful, timeless song......{#Cheers} 
Oh, yes
Still stuck on only one GFR song here...maybe Bill can coax Mark Farner away from his Bowflex machine long enough to crank out a quick rendition of their "Locomotion" cover for our listening pleasure!
No.
{#Devil_pimp}Like Bill says, the always "interesting" comments on songs. LOL I grew up in Michigan listening to GFR and some fond memories of a few concerts attended, and jamming in the early 70's with this on 8 track I'm sure lol Thanks for the blast from the past! 
You'll only love this if you were there...heh heh heh{#Music}
 hayduke2 wrote:
I'll rate this marginal, and turn the volume off cause it won't psd .. dumb white "rock"

 
I was never into GFR however this song brings great memories from my childhood {#Cool}
Great tune, GFR at its best
 
I'll rate this marginal, and turn the volume off cause it won't psd .. dumb white "rock"
Grand Funk!  Wow!  Red eyes and all!

What an inspired pick! 
Yeah, I'd sure like to hear much more... "ON TIME", their first album was truly most excellent, as a complete work.  Their later albums were not quite up to the quality of the first.  It's unfortunate that no one can listen to that album now, since it was never released digitally, and the vinyl is certainly out of print.  My only copy bit the dust back in the 70's, (8 tracks just weren't meant to survive for more than about a year before becoming a ball of electronic yarn inside the players.)

This cut certainly seems like it was digitized, and sounds great — I still rate it at a 10.  I heard them live a few years ago at bike week in Orlando.  If you get the chance to hear them live, do so.  But, bring your ear plugs.  {#Motor}

treatment_bound wrote:
This is the only Grand Funk song being played here at RP, and it was just recently played for the first time since 2008.  But after reading the comments for this cut, it seems to be pretty much all positive from the RP faithful on GFR (outside of raga and deepwoodskev) . 

Maybe I have to do a reassessment on this band.  I guess it would help if I started hearing more of their music here. 

Will we start getting more Grand Funk Railroad "exposure" here at Radio Paradise?  Is America ready for of GFR revival?  I love the Jayhawks' cover of "Bad Time", which they usually play during encores, and it would be an awesome addition to see how it goes over.

Stay tuned...

 


 TheKing2 wrote:

hear, hear!

I would recommend that, once at home, the GFR stays there to never come out again. 

 
Is it over yet.   Is the needle stuck ?
 peregrin wrote:
I wonder if he's getting closer to his home ... oh wait, yes, he's just said that 738 times.

 
hear, hear!

I would recommend that, once at home, the GFR stays there to never come out again. 
I wonder if he's getting closer to his home ... oh wait, yes, he's just said that 738 times.
A band which always tried too hard, but still manage to put out quality stuff. This was one of them.
This here is some quality stuff.  Not into GFR, but this song really stands out.  Always thought it was a very fine tune.
 passsion8 wrote:
Unbelievable! I was just commenting to myself this morning how much I love and surprised by Bill's musical choices and how they parallel my tastes. This song is a true flashback...

robertomiller wrote:
What a treat. So special to the few of us who where there when this song came out.  A magical memory. 

 



 

Bears repeating. 

 pcc wrote:
 deepwoodskev wrote:

Monotonous and repetitive. Blah.
 
Yes
 
No way, fellers!  We played this song all week long at basketball camp in 1969.  We played only this song, cause the B-side on the 45 wasn't good, we had no other records, and basketball camp was in the NC mountains out of AM radio range.  All week long, baby!

And you know what?  I still love it!  Cheesy beach break and everything!  Makes my smile very big.

I knew this song from the opening notes, as the album was a significant part of my growing-up years!

{#Sunny}


 pcc wrote:
 deepwoodskev wrote:
Monotonous and repetitive. Blah.

 


 

Yes
 deepwoodskev wrote:
Monotonous and repetitive. Blah.

 
 rotekz wrote:
Too repetitive on the vocals, annoying.

 
Ya I gotta go with you on this one for sure.  It goes on endlessly, and not in a good way.
Unbelievable! I was just commenting to myself this morning how much I love and surprised by Bill's musical choices and how they parallel my tastes. This song is a true flashback...

robertomiller wrote:
What a treat. So special to the few of us who where there when this song came out.  A magical memory. 

 


What a treat. So special to the few of us who where there when this song came out.  A magical memory. 
Surprising selection. I enjoy most all of Grand Funk's work.
Too repetitive on the vocals, annoying.
This is the only Grand Funk song being played here at RP, and it was just recently played for the first time since 2008.  But after reading the comments for this cut, it seems to be pretty much all positive from the RP faithful on GFR (outside of raga and deepwoodskev) . 

Maybe I have to do a reassessment on this band.  I guess it would help if I started hearing more of their music here. 

Will we start getting more Grand Funk Railroad "exposure" here at Radio Paradise?  Is America ready for a GFR revival?  I love the Jayhawks' cover of "Bad Time", which they usually play during encores, and it would be an awesome addition to see how it goes over.

Stay tuned...
Damn, missed it.

A 10. 
I was only 12 or 13 when I heard Grand Funk, the album before this one. Hearing this album after hearing "Inside Looking Out", "Paranoid" and others off that earlier album was probably my first exposure to a band selling out.
Monotonous and repetitive. Blah.
 jettondude wrote:
From the comments, it seems that RP hasn't played this song since 2008.  Perfect.  I enjoy listening to it.  But, once every 5 or so years is plenty.

 


This was my friend Paul's favorite song back in the 70's after 2 tours in Nam. We had GF on the reel to reel tape player for 4 hours of continuous music...
One of their better tunes. Nice to hear some GFRR. How about some from their Frank Zappa - produced album: Good Singin, Good Playin? Tunes like "Crossfire" still blow me away. 
 leathepea wrote:
What a whiner, just take his ship already.
 
I thought the 90s was the whiner decade.  You mean they had this in the 60s too? Good grief. Well I like it in any case. Our country is going to hell in a handbasket and there aint nothing no one can do about it. What ever happened to hard work?
 raga wrote:
STOP
STOP
STOP
STOP
STOP
STOP
STOP
STOP
 
make me
Holy DejaVu!!!
Ahhh, brings back memories of the summers of my youth. Humidity. Bugs. Cow flops. Salamanders.
Mark, Don, and Mel: Rock and Roll at its best! :bananajam: :bananajam: :drummer:
Nice bass line. Kept me in practice many years :guitarist:
RobRyan wrote:
I'd have to say that "Ride Captain Ride" is my all time favorite one hit wonder song, followed closely by Sugarloaf's "Green Eyed Lady."
''Brandy, you're a fine girl. What a good wife you'd be. But my life, my love, and my lady is the sea...''
E's the bleedin' cap'n iddn'e? If there ever was a reason for punk rock, this is it... :yawn:
skyguy wrote:
I had the see through yellow vinyl 45-so cool.
oh yeah - i had this one on pretty yellow vinyl cd collecting vs vinyl collectiong with colored vinyl, album art - just isn't the same ...
Kdubba wrote:
you should be home by now.....
:lol: my thought exactly
STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP
stewliscious wrote:
I'm getting closer to....zzzzzzzzzzz
Ha ha ha! Awesome. I laughed for a good minute about this one!
you should be home by now.....
Zep wrote:
Sounds good, just so long as it's not Captain and Tenille.
I'd almost be willing to suffer through "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain and Tenille, if it were followed up by "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division. Almost.
Memories. Sitting around the fire at the lake partaking of some herb someone with a guitar would break into this eventually.
I'm getting closer to....zzzzzzzzzzz
WonderLizard wrote:
C'mon, Bill...."Ride, Captain, Ride" and then "The Captain and Me"
Sounds good, just so long as it's not Captain and Tenille.
What a whiner, just take his ship already.
I had the see through yellow vinyl 45-so cool.
On_The_Beach wrote:
A guilty pleasure, right up there with "Skyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Pi-Lot, how high can you fly?"
Classic memories and classic tunes. Thanks.
Ain't heard this in AGES! Awesome!
A guilty pleasure, right up there with "Skyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Pi-Lot, how high can you fly?"
drjimmy wrote:
Except Sugarloaf also had a hit with "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You." Here's a little trivia courtesy of Wikipedia: The song "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" is notable because it contained a practical joke at the expense of CBS Records, which had just turned them down for a recording contract. The song includes the sound of a touch-tone telephone number being dialed near the beginning and ending of the song. Those numbers were an unlisted phone number at CBS Records and a public number at the White House respectively.
I stand corrected, though I've never heard the song.
RobRyan wrote:
I'd have to say that "Ride Captain Ride" is my all time favorite one hit wonder song, followed closely by Sugarloaf's "Green Eyed Lady."
Except Sugarloaf also had a hit with "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You." Here's a little trivia courtesy of Wikipedia: The song "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" is notable because it contained a practical joke at the expense of CBS Records, which had just turned them down for a recording contract. The song includes the sound of a touch-tone telephone number being dialed near the beginning and ending of the song. Those numbers were an unlisted phone number at CBS Records and a public number at the White House respectively.
Question Mark and the Mysterians Live on ...
MM_Prague wrote:
Time passes differently when you're stoned, dude!! :roflol:
That's just what I was thinking near this song's final end. I thought one would have to be stoned out of their gourd to really enjoy the repetitive quality of this song as background music, lol
rickhoran wrote:
now thats a nice follow up.
I'd have to say that "Ride Captain Ride" is my all time favorite one hit wonder song, followed closely by Sugarloaf's "Green Eyed Lady."
Captain_D0D00 wrote:
I'll be damned.
I'll be stoned :cowboy:
RobRyan wrote:
I love Pleasant Valley Sunday. In fact, now that I think of it, RP is sadly lacking in Monkees tunes.
Here, here! :cheers:
DoctorHooey wrote:
I never noticed it before when hearing this sandwiched among other meathead FM classic rock mediocrity, but wow the vocals on this song are really actively awful. I've done better harmonies stoned half-asleep stoned out of my guord on nyquil and nursing a sore throat. Blech.
I see you have some tom waits songs rated at 10.... now again tell me how awful the harmonies are. :beat:
DoctorHooey wrote:
I never noticed it before when hearing this sandwiched among other meathead FM classic rock mediocrity, but wow the vocals on this song are really actively awful. I've done better harmonies stoned half-asleep stoned out of my guord on nyquil and nursing a sore throat. Blech.
Not to mention that there aren't really very MANY vocals...just the same ones over and over and over again. I didn't like this when it came out. Still don't. But hey...all is subjective in music.
Hinkamp wrote:
when ever I hear the opening of this song I think "oh no! not the Monkey's Pleasant Valley Sunday!"
I love Pleasant Valley Sunday. In fact, now that I think of it, RP is sadly lacking in Monkees tunes.
I never noticed it before when hearing this sandwiched among other meathead FM classic rock mediocrity, but wow the vocals on this song are really actively awful. I've done better harmonies half-asleep stoned out of my guord on nyquil and nursing a sore throat. Blech.
Also I think if we're going to go this route, RP needs to start playing some Little River Band for that true slice-of-the-70s sound.
oldviolin wrote:
When asked how he came to write one of his mega-hits, Mark said one night just before going to sleep he prayed for a song that would reach out and touch the people God wanted to touch. He woke up abruptly in the middle of the night with words in his head and instantly wrote them down. The next day he picked up a guitar and finished what would become one of his most popular songs, I'm Your Captain.
I'll be damned.
WonderLizard wrote:
C'mon, Bill...."Ride, Captain, Ride" and then "The Captain and Me"
now thats a nice follow up.
weevilkinevil wrote:
Am I getting old? I used to really like this song and now it's just on my list of "Longest Damn Songs Ever Made"
Time passes differently when you're stoned, dude!! :roflol:
Needs some tightening up... cut the last 2-3 minutes, a few bars in the bridge, and it might work.
Saw GFR a couple of summers ago. They rocked "back then" and can still rock.
"He can feel the hand of a stranger...and its tightening round his throat" Ride on Capt
Didn't see that coming
When I was a kid, somehow in my head I put this song into a trilogy with "Space Oddity" and "Major Tom."
C'mon, Bill...."Ride, Captain, Ride" and then "The Captain and Me"
say what you like - I still think this is a great song by a great band :sunny:
oldviolin wrote:
When asked how he came to write one of his mega-hits, Mark said one night just before going to sleep he prayed for a song that would reach out and touch the people God wanted to touch. He woke up abruptly in the middle of the night with words in his head and instantly wrote them down. The next day he picked up a guitar and finished what would become one of his most popular songs, I'm Your Captain.
wow, that is pretty intense!
what a pleasant shock to here this on RP! :bananajam: :drummer:
When asked how he came to write one of his mega-hits, Mark said one night just before going to sleep he prayed for a song that would reach out and touch the people God wanted to touch. He woke up abruptly in the middle of the night with words in his head and instantly wrote them down. The next day he picked up a guitar and finished what would become one of his most popular songs, I'm Your Captain.
aeknust wrote:
I can absolutely put those musicians in a group, because they're all rock'n'rollers from Michigan, silly. But I agree. . . as far as picking a home-state favorite, I'll go for Bob Seeger every time.
Did they have ANY white musicians who could sing? :think:
I think the nostalgia value of this is probably a lot higher than the musical value.
The song was so long, and got worse (at the quiet part) that I was forced to lower it from a 3 to a 2. I try to respect it... but I hate it. Why did RP go 5 years between playing this, and then only wait a month? Back to the 5 yr rotation please! And love the comments about getting closer...
Wow
Spliff wrote:
Bill - sometimes you make me laugh out loud.
What he said, because I just loved this song........at the time. Well, ...er....still do....
tiare wrote:
You just CANNOT put Bob Seeger in the same group with that two meat heads!! Seeger was a legend!
I can absolutely put those musicians in a group, because they're all rock'n'rollers from Michigan, silly. But I agree... as far as picking a home-state favorite, I'll go for Bob Seeger every time.
Am I getting old? I used to really like this song and now it's just on my list of "Longest Damn Songs Ever Made"
could we get a little closer to the end
Nice one Bill. I love this tune & have not heard it in years... Very nostalgic. Mark Farner threw his harmonica into the audience at their Vancouver show when I was young. My friend caught it but wouldn't let me play it. I was sooooo pissed! :-)
just how far away is this freaking boat?
aeknust wrote:
As a Michigander, i grew up hearing a lot of Grand Funk, Bob Seeger and Ted Nugent... I love hearing all of that stuff! (except "uncle Ted") Closer to my home indeed!
You just CANNOT put Bob Seeger in the same group with that two meat heads!! Seeger was a legend!
Not. Close. Enough.
MrDill wrote:
Lord make it stop
Amen!
These guys were even dated in the early 70's. Never thought I'd hear it on RP.
I keep checking back, but it keeps going, and going, and going...
I had this on a 45 as a kid. Thanks for the trip down amnesia lane RP!
It'd be great if Bill rewound this and played it again, Go on Bill, for once, please ?
:wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall:
As a Michigander, i grew up hearing a lot of Grand Funk, Bob Seeger and Ted Nugent... I love hearing all of that stuff! (except "uncle Ted") Closer to my home indeed!
buckeyes wrote:
LBI was the BEST growing up. Prolly spent half my summers down there. . .
Yeah, 12 summers in a row for me. Ahhh, the memories!!!!!!!
:cool: I can't believe it's been almost 5 years since Bill played this.
AlienRelic wrote:
9. Just because they were the first heavy duty rock and roll band I knew.
"heavy duty" ?? :think:
OH GAWDDDDDDDDDDD I could not stand this even when it was young and (?) Cool? Please spare me!
Lord make it stop
LBI was the BEST growing up. Prolly spent half my summers down there. . .
Spliff wrote:
Bill - sometimes you make me laugh out loud.
Wowee ... Like a lightning bolt. Love it, love it, love it ...
ronniegirl wrote:
17, and flying over the causeway to the beach, with the top down and this blasting! Ahhh . . .
LBI? Sweet!
9. Just because they were the first heavy duty rock and roll band I knew. How about some Bloodrock, or Black Oak Arkansas? :cheesygrin: