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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...


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    Oct 30th, 2007 10:02am report

    Neither is correct. Here's the text of an interview by the song's writer.

    "The producer came in and said, "Do you have any more songs, because if you don't, this is your last day in the studio,"' Pinera says. "So I said, "Oh, I have a song,' which I didn't. So I went into the bathroom, and I shut the door, and I just meditated. I calmed my mind, and I started hearing music. I went out and sat at the piano, which was a Rhodes Model No. 73, which had 73 keys. So I say, "Okay, I need a first word.' And what came into my head was 73. I liked the rhythm, and I went, "73 men sailed in, from the San Francisco Bay. ... The song sort of just wrote itself."

    The keyboard player clinked out a melody for the chorus, and Pinera added the lyrics, "Ride, captain, ride, upon your mystery ship. ..." and the rest is rock history. The song reached No. 1 in 1968.


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    May 24th, 5:06pm report

    This song popped into my head after i read Googles headline about American Indian Native 'Richard Oaks' who occupied Alcatraz for 18 months in 1969, to them maybe Alcatraz was a place to 'Be Free Once More', 'San Franciso Bay', and around 73 peopl occupied Alcatraz ......


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    Mar 20th, 2017 3:59pm report

    The fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. Yay:))


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    Mar 1st, 2017 3:36am report

    I dont know how true it is, but I was told that this ship out SF bay was captured during the war by the Japanese navy, 73 men boarded a ship of another cultural experience not of American it was a mystery ship to them, when the Japanese got word that the war had ended they released the 73 men that made history gave them back their ship which metaphorically that was the part of the storm being captured and surviving it, now we're calling everyone to ride along to another shore cause the war is over and the seas are calmer and safe now we can laugh our lives away cause we defeat our enemies


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    Dec 31st, 2016 12:51pm report

    It sounds like they were being offered a trip to another, extra-terrestial, world.


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    Sep 24th, 2016 9:59am report

    The words and the song itself have a life of their own. Like a lot of things that are grabbed from the "other space" of life ( kind of like what I just said ) they breathe and move with their own meaning which is derived from a mosaic of thoughts that might have been in the writer's head at the time it was written. But , if you have to find a meaning that you can nail down: they sailed "in" to the bay and they are calling others to ride with them to another shore where they can be free and laugh once more. ..... So basically , tell your mind to shut up and take the trip .


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    Aug 22nd, 2016 8:27pm report

    I was on the Pueblo. We left Japan with a crew of 82. However we left San Francisco with a different number. Some were left in Japan and a few were added. Don't remember exactly number but it was in low seventies. But the song has nothing to do with us.


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    Jul 3rd, 2016 7:14pm report

    The song was done during the hippy age peace flower power. Remember how cars were decorated and all that stuff like the mamas and the papas? Just a song about peace. Remember the war in vietnam, all groups where trying to make music with optimism instead of thinking about people were getting killed. The 60s had its share of political and problems in the world.


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    Apr 30th, 2016 4:04pm report

    This song was about myself and my 72 crewmen that sailed out of SF to find another shore. We found the island Lost where we live our lives away and are free once more.


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    Nov 5th, 2015 11:25pm report

    Spur of the moment song. Everything else is pure speculation and coincidence. I was a CT and although its nice to think its about the Pueblo, its not accurate.


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    Sep 28th, 2015 9:52pm report

    To me, that song sounds very much like people kept as slaves, escaping to freedom. I have read a few true stories about Africans escaping to freedom by boat. Every time I hear that song, it makes me think about that issue, and it gives me joy to think of all the people who have escaped to freedom in the past, and those who are still doing it today. The line, "We're calling everyone to ride along to another shore, we can laugh our lives away and be free once more", makes me feel that way.


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    Jun 9th, 2015 6:10am report

    I am also a former CT (U.S. Naval Communications Technician 1969-1973)who served with former USS Pueblo crew members in Japan. We thought it was referring to the Pueblo. Read the book by former Captain Lloyd Bucher.


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    Mar 2nd, 2015 3:41am report

    A great song that reminds me of the free spirited thinking of the 60's and 70's with the Star Trek fans in all of the imagination of the dreams of the past to come to the present in the Thought of Leonard Nimoy [with god speed may you always r.i.p], who played SPOCK the true captain of the ship that was guided by his knowledge for the captain 2 ''Ride captain Ride'' in this song by the band ''BLUES IMAGE'' who were great.


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    Sep 29th, 2014 9:31pm report

    It's a song from the writer's imagination, like the story says. Reminds me of when I wrote a poem about JFK's assassination & funeral, and in it was the line "Rose with the sun to watch cartoons" and my teacher said, very smart "Rose and her son JFK" and I said Nooo, got out of bed when the SUN came up. Not everything has double meanings. Take this for the simple song it is and, as pointed out earlier, get over yourselves.


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    Aug 18th, 2014 8:38pm report

    What a "trippiness" this song had - when on an acid trip the music had an ethereal spacey rhythmic sound that made me feel like I was being guided in a snake charmer kind of a trance. The singer was offering to be the captain of my "trip" and represented a guiding figure who could help me avoid the dangers of running aground into the rocky shoals of a bad acid trip. Mike Pinera was like a captain for my trip and his voice like the lapping of his ship gave me succor and I had the impression I was floating near his imaginary ship on a dark and foggy night. Hearing the lyrics to the song again I have no doubt this song was written for acid heads like me. The trip on a magic ship had to be an acid trip and who but somebody on an acid trip would watch raindrops fall. While tripping I could get involved for hours watching a faucet drip or staring at the patterns on a wall. The person who wrote this song had to be talking from the experience of being on an acid trip.


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    Feb 21st, 2014 2:08pm report

    To Mike653, and with respect to your assertion that you were "close to" Mike, even if the "top secret," Pueblo incident hadn't been "released," to the press "before the song was written--;" consider the possibility that the inspiration may have occurred through a "leak."
    Mynameisien is disturbingly condescending.
    May 10, 2012 at 5:15PM is convolutedly Dogmatic beyond-description.
    To the both of the last-two, a very-serious, "GET-OVER YOURSELVES--!!!"

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