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English: Grand Funk Railroad in their heyday!!

English: Grand Funk Railroad in their heyday!! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everybody, listen to me,
And return me, my ship.
I’m your captain, I’m your captain,
Though I’m feeling mighty sick.

I’ve been lost now, days uncounted,
And it’s months since I’ve seen home.
Can you hear me, can you hear me,
Or am I all alone.

If you return me, to my home port,
I will kiss you mother earth.
Take me back now, take me back now,
To the port of my birth.


Am I in my cabin dreaming, or are you really scheming,
To take my ship away from me?

You’d better think about it, I just can’t live without it.
So, please don’t take my ship from me.
Yeah, yeah, yeah …

I can feel the hand, of a stranger,
And it’s tightening, around my throat.
Heaven help me, Heaven help me,
Take this stranger from my boat.

I’m your captain, I’m your captain,
Though I’m feeling mighty sick.
Everybody, listen to me,
And return me, my ship.

I’m your captain, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
I’m your captain, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
I’m your captain, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
I’m your captain, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

I’m getting closer to my home …
I’m getting closer to my home …
I’m getting closer to my home …
I’m getting closer to my home …
Ohhhh …

Grand Funk Railroad (also known as Grand Funk) is an American rock band that was highly popular during the 1970s. Grand Funk Railroad toured constantly to packed arenas worldwide. A popular take on the band during its heyday was that, although the critics hated them, audiences loved them.[1] The band’s name is a play on words of the Grand Trunk Railroad, a railroad line that ran through the band’s home town of Flint, Michigan.

 

Formation (1969)

The band was formed in 1969 by Mark Farner and Don Brewer from Terry Knight and the Pack and Mel Schacher from Question Mark & the Mysterians; Knight soon became the band’s manager. Knight named the band after the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a well-known rail line in Michigan. First achieving recognition at the 1969 Atlanta Pop Festival, the band was signed by Capitol Records. After a raucous, well-received set on the first day of the festival, the group was asked back to play two additional days. Patterned after hard rock power trios such as Cream, the band, with Terry Knight‘s marketing savvy, developed its own popular style. In 1970, they sold more albums than any other American band and became a major concert attraction. In 1969, the band released its first album titled On Time, which sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold record in 1970.[2] In the same year, a second album, Grand Funk(aka “The Red Album”), was awarded gold status.[2] The hit single “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home)“, from the album Closer to Home, also released in 1970, was considered stylistically representative of Terry Knight and the Pack‘s recordings. The band spent $100,000 on a New York Times Square billboard to advertise Closer to Home.[3] By 1971, Grand Funk broke The Beatles‘ Shea Stadiumattendance record by selling out in just 72 hours.[4]

Despite critical pans and a lack of airplay, the group’s first six albums (five studio releases and one live album) were quite successful. In 1970, Knight launched an intensive advertising campaign to promote the album Closer To Home. That album was certified multi-platinum despite a lack of critical approval.[2] Following Closer To HomeLive Album was also released in 1970, and was another gold disc recipient.[2] Survival and E Pluribus Funk were both released in 1971. E Pluribus Funk celebrated the Shea Stadium show with a die-cut depiction of the stadium on the album cover’s reverse.