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THE CAPTAIN    LEONARD COHEN

Intro: C      G      F      C

 
        C                 G
Now the Captain called me to his bed
    F              C
He fumbled for my hand
  F                 C
"Take these silver bars," he said
      G           C
"I'm giving you command."
    C                     Em
"Command of what, there's no one here
         F           C
There's only you and me
         G
All the rest are dead or in retreat
    F        C
Or with the enemy."
 

     C                       G
"Complain, complain, that's all you've done
 F             C
Ever since we lost
         F            C
If it's not the Crucifixion
      G            C
Then it's the Holocaust."
       C               Em
"May Christ have mercy on your soul
    F             C
For making such a joke
  G
Amid these hearts that burn like coal
          F                    C
And the flesh that rose like smoke."

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


       C              G
"There is no decent place to stand
F         C
In a massacre
    F           C
But if a woman take your hand
     G                 C
Then go and stand with her."
    C              Em
"I left a wife in Tennessee
       F         C
And a baby in Saigon
   G
I risked my life but not to hear
       F              C
Some country-western song."
 

         C               G 
"Ah, but if you cannot raise your love
      F           C
To a very high degree
             F                       C
Then you're just the man I've been thinking of
    G                  C
So come and stand with me."
        C                Em
"Your standing days are done," I cried,
         F           C
"You'll rally me no more
G
I don't even know what side
     F                 C
We fought on, or what for."


     C                   G
"I'm on the side that's always lost
  F                  C
Against the side of Heaven
    F                C
I'm on the side of Snake-eyes tossed
  G                  C
Against the side of Seven
          C                Em
And I've read the Bill of Human Rights
     F              C
And some of it was true
           G
But there wasn't any burden left
         F           C
So I'm laying it on you."
 

         C              G
Now the Captain he was dying
         F              C
But the Captain wasn't hurt
     F               C
The silver bars were in my hand
    G                 C
I pinned them to my shirt


C      Em     F      C
G      G      F      C


C      G      F      C
F      C      G      C
C      Em     F      C
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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