The Captain

Leonard Cohen

 CG
Now the Captain called me to his bed
 FC
He fumbled for my hand
 FC
"Take these silver bars," he said
 GC
"I'm giving you command."
 CEm
"Command of what, there's no one here
 FC
There's only you and me
 G
All the rest are dead or in retreat
 FC
Or with the enemy."
 CG
"Complain, complain, that's all you've done
 FC
Ever since we lost
 FC
If it's not the Crucifixion
 GC
Then it's the Holocaust."
 CEm
"May Christ have mercy on your soul
 FC
For making such a joke
 G
Amid these hearts that burn like coal
 FC
And the flesh that rose like smoke."

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

 CG
"There is no decent place to stand
 FC
 In a massacre
 FC
But if a woman take your hand
 GC
Then go and stand with her."
 CEm
"I left a wife in Tennessee
 FC
And a baby in Saigon
 G
I risked my life but not to hear
 FC
Some country-western song."
 CG
"Ah, but if you cannot raise your love
 FC
To a very high degree
 FC
Then you're just the man I've been thinking of
 GC
So come and stand with me."
 CEm
"Your standing days are done," I cried,
 FC
"You'll rally me no more
 G
 I don't even know what side
 FC
We fought on, or what for."

 CG
"I'm on the side that's always lost
 FC
Against the side of Heaven
 FC
I'm on the side of Snake-eyes tossed
 GC
Against the side of Seven
 CEm
And I've read the Bill of Human Rights
 FC
And some of it was true
 G
But there wasn't any burden left
 FC
So I'm laying it on you."
 CG
Now the Captain he was dying
 FC
But the Captain wasn't hurt
 FC
The silver bars were in my hand
 GC
I pinned them to my shirt

 GGFC

 CEmFC
 G      G...           

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The above is solely MY INTERPRETATION of this great song, in a format aimed at learning guitarists.
No attempt has been made to copy or reproduce the artist's or publisher's sheet music for the song,
if such exists.

It can be used for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. To play the song as it should be played, you should
purchase the official sheetmusic for the song. You should also purchase and listen to the song to learn
the rhythm and timing of the song - this is essential if you wish to play the song with any degree of accuracy

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