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The Captain  Leonard Cohen



Now the [C]Captain called me [G]to his bed
He f[F]umbled for my h[C]and
"T[F]ake these silver b[C]ars," he said
"I'm g[G]iving you co[C]mmand."
"Com[C]mand of what, there's [Em]no one here
There's o[F]nly you and [C]me
All the r[G]est are dead or in retreat
Or w[F]ith the e[C]nemy."
"Comp[C]lain, complain, that's a[G]ll you've done
E[F]ver since we l[C]ost
If it's n[F]ot the Crucif[C]ixion
Then i[G]t's the Holoc[C]aust."
"May Ch[C]rist have mercy [Em]on your soul
For [F]making such a [C]joke
Am[G]id these hearts that burn like coal
And the fl[F]esh that rose like sm[C]oke."

"I k[C]now that you have s[G]uffered, lad
But s[F]uffer this awh[C]ile
What[F]ever makes a s[C]oldier sad
Will m[G]ake a killer sm[C]ile."
"I'm le[C]aving, Captain, I've [Em]got to go
There's bl[F]ood upon your h[C]and
But t[G]ell me, Captain, if you know
Of a d[F]ecent place to st[C]and."

"There [C]is no decent pl[G]ace to stand
[F]In a massa[C]cre
But [F]if a woman t[C]ake your hand
Then [G]go and stand with [C]her."
"I l[C]eft a wife in T[Em]ennessee
And a b[F]aby in Sai[C]gon
I r[G]isked my life but not to hear
Some co[F]untry-western s[C]ong."
"Ah, but [C]if you cannot ra[G]ise your love
To a v[F]ery high deg[C]ree
Then you're j[F]ust the man I've been th[C]inking of
So c[G]ome and stand with [C]me."
"Your st[C]anding days are d[Em]one," I cried,
"You'll r[F]ally me no m[C]ore
[G]I don't even know what side
We fo[F]ught on, or what f[C]or."


"I'm [C]on the side that's a[G]lways lost
Ag[F]ainst the side of H[C]eaven
I'm [F]on the side of Sn[C]ake-eyes tossed
Ag[G]ainst the side of S[C]even
And I've r[C]ead the Bill of H[Em]uman Rights
And s[F]ome of it was t[C]rue
But there w[G]asn't any burden left
So I'm la[F]ying it on y[C]ou."
Now the C[C]aptain he was d[G]ying
But the C[F]aptain wasn't h[C]urt
The s[F]ilver bars were [C]in my hand
I pi[G]nned them to my sh[C]irt


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