Elbow - My Sad Captains Lyrics




I'm running out of miracles
​Oh my soul
And 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 it's 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 it's 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

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

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

What a perfect waste of time





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  1. Tyler Hudson

    This song gives so many peeps memories man!!!!!:)

  2. Ian Williams

    Let's dream one day I can diagnose my ilness

    PolitelySpooky

    I hope you can too! I'm sure it will all turn out okay in the end :)

  3. Ed Fulginiti

    Positively awesome song! Video?...not so much.

  4. llstarlight

    Elbow = any year any season

  5. Chris H

    I once was a captain in the army and I used to take my daughter to ballet. I’m not now longer a captain and no longer have my daughter.

    81Mace

    Comedy gold 😂 .....err at least I HOPE it is.

  6. Gabriel Garbin

    This is so much about me and my buddies!

  7. Elsie Rose

    these songs bring me back to summer when we went to see them at the Eden project. Good times

  8. Neil Hollands

    Simply beautiful😊

  9. Nate Birkholz

    The world needs more love songs to friendship. Thanks, Elbow, for this one.

  10. Michael Driscoll

    This really does transcend music doesn't it. It achieved so much more. I love the song and the video is perfectly shot. For a moment. My faith in humanity was restored.

  11. richard Last

    Every time I revisit elbow , they wrap me up and give me the hug I didn't know I needed

  12. Richard Leslie Wise

    Love this Song & Video, brings back memmories of my daughters when they were young *****

  13. Blake Davies

    Elbow are just the greatest ✌

  14. Robert Perring

    Beautiful.

  15. Jum Hed

    Dad, put the paper down and watch your daughter dance.
    You'll regret it one day if you don't.

  16. Terry Anderson

    I think we are all Sad Captains... it is just somehow easier to see that in children because of their transparency.. As we age, we get better at camouflaging sadness. Like all of us, these children experience all that life offers: happiness, interest, enthusiasm; and then also some sadness, disappointment, insecurity. If we can maintain some inner strength, we ride that rollercoaster with some degree of success which is LIFE.Beautifully done.

  17. Terry Anderson

    I only just discovered this beautiful song/video... I am curious, the sadness part. There is a very touching part because of just how authentic it seems.. at 1:30 there is a dad who distracts himself from the kids play to view (I think) his phone (mssgs/emails) and at that instant was when his (I think) daughter looked for him, saw his inattention and then her expression...wow !! You can't teach an actor to do that.. that was somehow a genuine (I believe) candid shot of a disappointed person... very touching...... sorry I can't come up with another descriptive.. I was moved..

  18. Tim Allbritton

    Such a great song by such a great band. I only regret not discovering them sooner

  19. Colin Mitchell

    4:00 Singing along and why not?

  20. michael reilly

    what a beautiful song

  21. The Ramblings of Bry

    Dull and dreary.

    chris b

    Maybe the spice girls is more your thing?

  22. Sally Majer

    How can anyone not like this? Pure poetry

  23. D C

    Love his Manchester accent. Makes me proud to be British

  24. Simplyguys

    Love you (P)

  25. Jonny Yare

    Best elbow song bar none!

  26. Irishman In Florida

    Beautiful song.

  27. Gene Dredd

    Absolutely love Guy Garvey's lyrics

  28. Ray Godwin

    Genius.

  29. Plenti Nough

    "If we only pass this way but once, what a perfect waste of time..." Hear Hear!!!

  30. simone seth

    Good vibe....feel happy while I'm sad....simply Nostalgia....Tnx guys

  31. Heather Adamson

    the music is so smooth and relaxing. it's not boring but it's exiting but still really soothing. i just love elbow!

  32. dazzythax4

    This is one of my favourite songs. I used to play it for my mates at the end of a session in our first years as doctors. Interested to know though, anyone else feel there's a bit of a disconnect between the lyrics and the video?

    revol148

    the fact that it's about football disappointed me no end when I found out although I still do love the song

    QuiteInteresting

    yeh massive disconnect- always loved the song and came here to see if the video was equally as impressive. That video could really have just been put with any song :/

    Simon Moult

    revol148 it's not about football. Sad captains is a line from Shakespeare and it's about leaving family behind to go and play music with bandmates. The choice they made, over work and university etc etc... A happy choice but acknowledgement that they miss things too.

  33. Arte mide

    So beautiful

  34. Tony Geremia

    This is a beautiful and mesmerizing song, but you do know it's about a losing season for futbol fans. It's their soccer team failing their long forgotten fans. Nevertheless, it has become one of my favorites thanks to their Jools Holland appearance.

    Mosstronic

    Guy could sing about how to unclog a toilet and it would still be achingly glorious

    gavva2010

    well said

  35. Ирина Чернева

    А мне на фиг ваше старее!

  36. Ирина Чернева

    F vyt yf abu lj dfituj 80-u0 uolf wbahjdsdfybt - ckeifqnt cfvb dfit cnfhmt z1

  37. 41061keef

    Wonderful, just wonderful...

  38. Mae NHC

    Esme you are spool cute

  39. Ian Houghton

    class enough said

  40. Mae NHC

    Esme, you were amazing

  41. Lil Quinlan

    Aww it made me cry watching my BFF when she was little u was so cute

  42. Esmé Waddington

    I'm in this video

    Anna 2365

    Im also In it

    Anna 2365

    Im Anna

    Eugene Fraxby

    @Anna 2365 Esme, Evie and Anna... Thank you all. It's a gorgeous song, and a wonderful video that shows how the simple everyday things in our lives can be beautiful. I hope y'all treasure your memories of being there as you go through your lives.

    Bella Woodcock

    Esmé, Evie and Anna so am I

    Bella Woodcock

    *im also in it

  43. picky72

    In tears listening to this....Amazing

    Jim Roland

    picky72 always gets me too. Don't really know why. Seems to sum up the beauty and desperation of everyday life in one song

    darryl clark

    picky72 Me too. Pair of old softies pal😉

    Neil Bowers

    Phew!!! I saw them live at Thetford Forest 2 weeks ago and when Guy Garvey started singing this i was gone. I don't know what it is but the song is just beautiful. I never ever tire of hearing this and gets me every time. So... So.. glad i am not the only one.

    Gift Horse

    Neil Bowers You aren’t and I’m happy when i see men feeling the vibe. I read some one call it a girly band. I think they are still headbangers or aren’t in touch with their entire character- one that caube sensitive. Elbow has hints of blues and jazz.

  44. Jak Clark

    never made a bad song - an amazing band

  45. Hoder Harris

    Simply Stunning, thank you,thank you,thank you

  46. Raja R

    4 minutes, 13 seconds... "What a perfect waste of time".

  47. David Scott

    Lovely sound - I like how this song makes me feel...mellow and smiling :)

  48. spd47

    What a beautiful,sumptious ,moving song,soul music.

  49. Ninzip

    When I'm a little bit disappointed or tired with my life I watch this video and I feel much better instantly.

    Gift Horse

    Ninzip me too

    Niku Nashi

    Lippy Kids for me but same reason I go there

    Gift Horse

    Help! I can’t find anything to ease my soul or touch me like Elbow!! Suggestions?

    Anna 2365

    I was in in

  50. Andy Arkell

    Stunning. Beautiful. Brilliant.

  51. Emma Brierley

    I'm obsessed with this song! Absolutely love it

  52. Jace White Song covers

    need more views

  53. Richard Leslie Wise

    So Moving, and so many memories

  54. Joyce Lin

    This song needs more view!

  55. Karen Park

    Beautiful

  56. A D

    Guy's voice is magnificent!

    Alex Burke

    A DORSEY (she says) hahahah get it , I listen to elbow way too much

  57. Karina Everitt

    Loving this song😅

  58. MancBalletShoes

    the video's really sweet :) saturday morning ballet class with mums, dads, younger brothers messing around at the back :p 

  59. Lemmy the Lemon

    I'm running out of miracles
    ​Oh my soul
    ​And the streets are lined with one-man shows
    ​Oh my soul
    ​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 the 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 all 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, long before
    You and I were born
    Others beat these benches with their empty cups
    To the night and the 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 all we only come this way but once
    ​What a perfect waste of time

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

    What a perfect waste of time

    What a perfect waste of time

    Gift Horse

    DarkNeckrowSilence thanks so much for typing that. I was reading it as the song was going and it had a poignancy I’ve never experienced!!!!

    Dirk Rozendale

    Oh my salt

  60. shrew972

    bad bad tune - for insomniacs only

  61. William Barry Southerland

    Amazing song and a testament to the amazing over the top talent of these artists. Elbow's "Sad Captains" is a masterpiece!!  The absolute perfect waste of time my friends.

  62. LanaBanana xox

    and my big sister

  63. LanaBanana xox

    Omg my dance school and little sister is in this video

  64. Leland Maurello

    Took me a while to get this. But when done, yes. It's beautiful. What a perfect waste of time.

  65. bomm19

    A perfect reflection of my life in the 90's
    Back then we had our own "BMX apothecary" and his bag of bitter little eucarists.
    We are all older and wiser now but for me it captures the Sunday morning 6am walk from club to car.
    Exhausted.deshevilled but would'nt be anywhere else with anyone else.


  66. Gregory Messimer

    What is a perfect waste of time? Is it the times spent with male friends, or what is shown in this video? I am one of the sad captains, and have no children, but unlike the man reading the newspaper, I am fully aware of how beautiful it is to spend time with your children. Watching them sprall about is perhaps a better option than getting drunk to all hours with male companions. It is, perhaps, a perfect waste of time. Beautiful video!

    FWTNYouTube

    I would say it's spending time with your mates, but that's just me. It's how I relate to the song anyway.

  67. Luke Malatinsky

    this is my new favourite song from elbow. And the he video is so cute!

  68. Chommy

    Pure joy

  69. Bollock Naked

    Wonderful band.

  70. Alex Bradley

    love this song and the vocals in that lovely north of england voice and accent- no mid-atlantic shite here. One Day like This with orchestra and choir is bloody beautiful as well.

  71. Yi-Chen Cheng

    I'm your biggest fan in Taiwan, thanks for the great music you made!!!

  72. Kim Zep

    The Late Show Starring Jimmy Fallon had Elbow on recently. I'm so grateful! Digging deeper now. Wonderfulness!

  73. robert mcintyre

    Same here heard the name ages ago, liked what i heard, then i forgot, but when i remembered again! and looked them up!I knew i had just found a friend for life.

  74. Pint ofMild

    Saw them in Nottingham - truly brilliant! This song done live..I was lost for words

  75. whitewedge

    I occasionally get goose pimples for a few seconds all over my body when I listen to a great tune, but with this it lasts all the way through the song! beautifully written and great live, watch (Jools Holland live)  The lyrics are so touching and well structured. 

  76. steve hewitt

    Lovin this song.

  77. Joshua Jones

    I've always heard the name Elbow, and as far as i can remember, they've been around a long time but i never really checked them out. Actually i heard Jimi Goodwin is gonna support them this year on tour and i'm a bug Doves fan, so that's how i got here. So can anybody suggest some of their songs that made them big? Some early stuff that made waves and some in the middle of their career so i can tap into their roots and see what they're about? Any suggestions are welcome, thanks folks, it's truly appreciated.

    ajax fabax

    Oh & I forgot to say, Guy Garvey & Jimi Goodwin go a long long way back (i.e. Goodwin's Sub Sub days) & Goodwin also features on Elbow's track Grace Under Pressure (another belter of a tune ;) )

    Context81

    All of their albums are great, except cast of thousands which is alright but has some good moments. IMO:
    Asleep in the back - 8/10
    Cast of thousands -6/10
    Leaders of the Free World - 9/10
    The Seldom Seen Kid - 10/10
    Build a Rocket Boys! - 7/10
    The Take off and landing of everything - 8/10

    JJ11842

    @Context81 cast of thousands is a 10 you should listen to it again haha

    Nihad Cehic

    Good picks @ajax fabax, you've basically picked my favourites. Although i'd have to add 'Lippy Kids' and 'Friend of Ours' to your list too.

    ajax fabax

    Ooooh, how could I have missed that out! Fair point :)

  78. Shelly H

    heard them tuesday night in minneapolis. i wept when i heard this; lot my grandfather, 98, a week go to the day. the song evoked such strong memories of a strong, amazing man. what a perfect waste of time.

  79. Madelyn Strickland

    Yes, let us not waste another minute. I just want you for all times.

  80. Angry old Man 1981

    let me go home

  81. Silvijs

    Can't wait to see you guys in Positivus. <3

  82. Sally Martinez

    <3 LOVE THIS SONG! & The VIDEO! :') REALLY WISHING I could get to your show in Chi~Town on Monday! 

  83. Sunny Lam

    x原始点

  84. shane robinson

    song so depressing tho.

  85. LegoBrick Kid

    I loved the song but what was weird was when they where getting there dance class and were pointing there feet perfectly but then when they got to the recital they sucked it looked like they were free styleing it

  86. Love Violetta

    It is boring ....... But more or less beautiful

    Timothy Dannenhoffer

    Love Violetta It is not boring because it is beautiful.

  87. AS Channel

    this.... sans... haved much talenta...
    i like this...

  88. Ben Graven

    Schitterend.

  89. porridgeable

    I don't mind admitting that this song made me cry when I saw them play it in Glasgow.  One of their best.

  90. missbeliber

    ILOVEYOU♥♥

  91. mortigisto

    My girlfriend just said that she is with another from now on.
    But Elbow, this song helps me so much now, thank you.

  92. durnin1005

    Got to say I find Elbow okay and nothing more but this song blew me away...beautiful

  93. ollin ehecatl

    I love this one
    ​And if it's all we only pass this way but once
    ​What a perfect waste of time

  94. Casey Rothwell

    I love you, Elbow!

  95. easined

    2:46 - the girl on the left is singing along... right?

  96. Gemma Newbery

    I saw Elbow live a few weeks ago and when they played this it was so emotional. Mind you, I welled up during half the songs. XD

    ajax fabax

    Glad its not just me! :D

    73NEILB

    I saw them at the LG Arena in Birmingham. This came on and wow! Tears in the eyes. Not often song lyrics get to me yet Elbow's seem to get right down to the soul and beyond. I am welling up just typing this (mainly because i am listening to this as well)

    Gemma Newbery

    I saw them in Birmingham too! Fabulous venue!

  97. Dan Spooner

    Just when I thought I had this song worked out, this gets thrown in. More pondering needed.

  98. Phil Evans

    To the night and the stars
    ​To be here, and now, and who we are