My Sad Captains
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I'm running out of miracles
Oh my soul
The streets alive with one-man shows
Oh my soul
The corner boys were moved along
Oh my soul
We're plummeting like crippled crows
Oh my soul

Oh long before you and I were born
Others beat these benches with their empty cups
To the night and its stars
To be here and now and who we are

Another sunrise with my sad captains
With who I choose to lose my mind
And if it's so we only pass this way but once
What a perfect waste of time

The BMX apothecary
Oh my soul
The architect of infamy
Oh my soul
For each and every train we missed
Oh my soul
A bitter little Eucharist
Oh my soul

Oh long before you and I were born
Others beat these benches with their empty cups
To the night and its stars
To be here and now and who we are

Another sunrise with my sad captains
With who I choose to lose my mind
And if it's so we only pass this way but once
What a perfect waste of time
[x3]

What a perfect waste of time

Song facts

"One of my running themes for the last two Elbow records has been getting older and I've written a love song to my friends on every record. This is both. Most people have lost somebody by the time they hit 40 and mine stay very much in my mind. But I also wrote this for the ones I don't see just because life has taken them somewhere else. Shakespeare of course put it better than anyone so I nicked that. I also paraphrase William Penn. When short of a chorus, steal profundities from the best. The brass was supplied by the wonderful Tim Barber (making his second appearance on one of our records), Bob Marsh, who is another Klootie contact, and the lovely Kat Curlett who as well as being in the Hallé is my trumpet tutor. You lot won't hear me play anything other than the one note at the beginning of 'Starlings' for at least a decade but my instrument has superseded my BBC security pass as my favourite object in the world." - Guy Garvey

"Let's have one other gaudy night: call to me
All my sad captains; fill our bowls once more;
Let's mock the midnight bell." - William Shakespeare, "Anthony and Cleopatra"

"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." - William Penn

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