Blues Image: Ride Captain Ride Meaning
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Ride Captain Ride Lyrics
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...
anonymous 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.
anonymous Nov 5th, 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.
anonymous Sep 28th, 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.
anonymous 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.
kooljohn176 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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--!!!"
anonymous Feb 3rd, 2014 2:23pm report
Just let me say Christianity was one of the many things we were revolting AGAINST back in the Sixties and anyone who tries to put a Christian interpretation on this is nuts. There is no freedom in the tyranny of religion whether it is Christian, Muslim, Jewish. Down with religion- Be Free! Be Free! Be Free! There is no hidden meaning!
anonymous Aug 26th, 2012 8:52am report
I'm a former CT also. The song has nothing whatsoever to do with the USS Pueblo, and there isn't a shred of proof to back up that claim. The ship didn't leave SFO with 73 men. It left Sasebo, JP with 82 Navy crewmembers and two civilians.
Like the Drake voyage, it's highly unlikely that the songwriter knew anything about the Pueblo.
The songwriter has very clearly stated that the number 73 came from the number of keys on his Fender electric piano.
anonymous Jul 23rd, 2012 7:30pm report
USS Pueblo. Timing is everything. 1968 and everyone was worried about the hostages. It was the top national story for months. Everyone knew it was a spy ship. The contention was whether or not it was in international waters.
anonymous May 10th, 2012 5:15pm report
It's pretty clear by now that the composer was vamping on the spur of the moment. What he came up with is cryptic enough to inspire speculation, but has clearly been debunked. It IS NOT about the Pueblo, nor Drake, nor specifically about drugs, or gay cruise ships nor anything more than just a call to adventure and to sail away to a more meaningful, loving, supportive culture than the one they are leaving. This was a common theme at the time, as the youth culture was convinced that they could come up with a better way to live than the life of their parents, which they were rejecting. Those who INSIST that it is otherwise are injecting their own beliefs onto a song and lyric that was written on the spur of the moment for valuable and dwindling studio time for a struggling group.
anonymous May 7th, 2012 5:27pm report
While I grew up hearing this song, I never really listened to the lyrics. I just watched the movie "Diggers" (2006) and they played it during the closing credits. It got me to wondering what the song was about. On my own interpretation, I went with 60s counterculture, as it seemed to me to be speaking of not only The Merry Pranksters but the Grateful Dead, led by Jerry Garcia, AKA "Captain Trips".
ok I'm kind of surprised nobody got the meaning of this song so far...on a level of diffficulty I'd put this song as one of the easiest to interpret as I could think of.
In a way I'm somewhat reticent to reveal the meaning of this song...sigh...
hopefully some of you will recall the parable of the sower and be like the
fertile ground which took the message and understood it.
So here is the meaning:
Jesus sent out 72 men....check your bible-
you'll find it...
the 73 men represent Jesus + the 72 men.
Jesus is the captain.
The entire song makes perfect sense in a metaphorical way if you first realize that the 73 men represent Jesus and the 72 men he sent out.
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