|The Captain And The Kid
Written by: Jimmy Buffett
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett
Originally from the Album: Down To Earth (1970)
This song is obviously about my grandfather, and it means a lot to me. It was written shortly after he died. I like to tell the story about this song and why I don’t “pitch” my material to other people. I was living in Nashville, trying to eke out a living, and I spent a brief time trying to peddle my wares door-to-door to record producers. One day, I was playing a batch of new songs for this guy, and he stopped the tape at the end of this song, which I took to mean that he had more than a casual interest. He said, “This is a great song, but you have to change the ending. It’s too sad for the old man to die.” I was shocked. “I can’t do that,” I told him. “Why?” he asked incredulously. “Because he did,” I answered and walked out. I never pitched another song to anyone again.
From the album “Meet Me in Margaritaville”: This came out amazing. I was singing this song of family for my dad, who isn’t doing too well these days. I got quite emotional. We did it with just a piano and bass. It seems to be a worthy tribute to my old man.
I never use to miss the chance
to climb upon his knee and listen
to the many tales of life upon the sea.
We'd go sailing back on barkentines and
His world had gone from sailing ships
We both were growing older then and
He died about a month ago
He's somewhere on the ocean now,
|Shows Played At:|
|09-17-2019: Holy Heart Theatre – St. John’s, Newfoundland|
|09-19-2015: Buffett Bridge – Pascagoula, MS|
|04-01-2015: San Carlos Institute Theatre – Key West, FL|
|04-21-2012: Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO|
|07-08-1990: Lake Compounce – Bristol, CT|
|08-27-1985: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY|
|07-10-1985: Portland Civic Center – Portland, ME|
|Number of Shows: 7|