Ride Captain Ride – Song Lyric Sunday – Water

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Ride Captain Ride – Song Lyric Sunday – Water

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2019/02/02/water-cohesion/

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For today’s SLS, the word prompt suggestion is water. We can find songs having to do with any type of water, be it oceans, lakes, rivers, bays, etc.

Thanks for hosting this fun musical challenge, Jim!

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This is a song that I’ve always liked, because it brings back memories of an all night long, nonsensical drive around town with friends.

Here’s what is interesting/strange about the lyrics, to me, now that I’ve read them.

  • Why 73 men? What’s the significance of that number?
  • A storm was blowing, yet the sea was peaceful?
  • The ship was a mystery ship, come from nowhere, and then disappeared. Were they aliens from another planet trying to lure people to their ‘mystery ship’, and ‘another world’?

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“Ride Captain Ride”, by Blues Image, was released from their album, “Open”, in 1970. It was written by Mike Pinera and Frank Konte, and is on the Atco/Atlantic label.

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Ride Captain Ride

{Intro}

Seventy-three men sailed up from the San Francisco Bay
Rolled off of their ship, and here’s what they had to say
“We’re callin’ everyone to ride along to another shore
We can laugh our lives away and be free once more”

But no one heard them callin’, no one came at all
Cause they were too busy watchin’ those old raindrops fall
As a storm was blowin’ out on the peaceful sea
Seventy-three men sailed off to history

Ride, captain ride upon your mystery ship
Be amazed at the friends you have here on your trip

Ride captain ride upon your mystery ship
On your way to a world that others might have missed

{Bridge}

Seventy-three men sailed up from the San Francisco Bay
Rolled off of their ship, and here’s what they had to say
“We’re callin’ everyone to ride along to another shore
We can laugh our lives away and be free once more”

But no one heard them callin’, no one came at all
Cause they were too busy watchin’ those old raindrops fall
As a storm was blowin’ out on the peaceful sea
Seventy-three men sailed off to history

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

14 responses »

  1. When this song came out somebody told me that it was about the research vessel Pueblo which was captured in North Korea, but that ship had 83 men, not 73. I just read that Sir Francis Drake’s voyage on the west coast of America was made with 73 sailors.

  2. The explanation I saw on Wikipedia (The Blogger’s Best Friend ™) is that the author looked down at his keyboard, which had 73 keys, and decided to use that number. I’ve also heard the theory that it had to do with the Pueblo. Whatever, it’s a great song!

    • Thanks, John! I like hearing information on how a song got written, even though different sources say different things. It all lends to the mystery of the song, I think. 🙂

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