Billy Joel: Captain Jack Meaning
Song Released: 1973
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Captain Jack Lyrics
Saturday night, and you're still hangin' around.
Tired of living in your one-horse town.
You'd like to find a little hole in the ground,
So you go to the Village in your tie-dyed jeans.
And you stare...
anonymous Jun 29th, 2017 6:50am report
Billy Joel lived across from a tenement building, while writing songs, he watched the local drug dealer, nicknamed Captain Jack, sell heroin to some kids.
anonymous Apr 12th, 2016 4:56pm report
The song is about someone who hates where he is and is tortured by depression and anxiety, who turns to heroin to save himself. (Or possibly kill himself). It is overall a sad and depressing depiction of a hopeless lonely life.
anonymous May 26th, 2015 5:17pm report
This whole album is said to be a autobiographic album. Captain Jack to me is about Billy Joel's early failures, which alludes to the song Piano Man, and how he turns to Captain Jack, which is a nickname for heroin, to escape from his pain. He hangs out with the junkies and leaves his world to go to his "special island." As his life goes downhill, his father dies, he can't pay for school anymore, he is bored and lonely, and turns to heroin to take him out of his misery.
anonymous Apr 30th, 2013 4:50am report
I think it is about an addict who does drugs and uses other outlets to remove himself from reality. I cry every time I hear this song because it is still such a relevant issue that we face today and struggle with for both the addicts and those who love them.
anonymous Jun 25th, 2012 6:35am report
I think he's talking to a guy who does something to get high because he can't get out of this small, crappy town and he can't get a job.
anonymous Apr 11th, 2012 4:31pm report
I see where Billy Joel commented on what he thought the song meant. However, one of the best things I learned in life is never to ask an artist to interpret his or her art.
anonymous Aug 25th, 2011 8:37pm report
I'm actually doing an assignment on this and you guys didn't help at all. Actual meaning is about a heroin dealer, 'Captain Jack', and some pathetic kid who masturbates and does heroin. Billy also has said that it isn't a pro-drug or pro-masturbation song, and describes the depicted teengers lifestyle as a loser kind of lifestyle.
Good song though.
anonymous Aug 3rd, 2011 8:16pm report
I thought captain Jack was whiskey, as in Jack Daniels...
anonymous Jun 28th, 2011 6:10pm report
Heroin: captain jack is a nickname for the drug.
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