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The Captain And The Kid
Written by: Jimmy Buffett
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: Down To Earth (1970)
Additional Discography:
Havana Daydreamin’ (1976)

You Had To Be There (1978)
Before the Salt (1979)
Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads (1992)
Before The Beach (1993)
American Storyteller (1999)
There’s Nothing Soft About Hard Times (2000)
Meet Me In Margaritaville (2003)
Songs You Don’t Know By Heart (2020)

Jimmy’s Notes:
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
talk of things he did, tomorrow just a
day away for the Captain and the Kid.

His world had gone from sailing ships
to raking mom's back yard;
he never could adjust to land although
he tried so hard.

We both were growing older then and
wiser with our years;
that's when I came to understand
the course his heart still steers.

He died about a month ago
while winter filled the air,
and though I cried, I was so proud
to love a man so rare.

He's somewhere on the ocean now,
the place he ought to be;
with one hand on the starboard rail,
he's waving back at me.
For the Captain and this kid.

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