O Captain! My Captain! — A Tribute to Robin Williams

Robin Williams - Dead Poets Society

Today’s pro­gram on Radio Riel’s main stream fea­tures the music of film sound­tracks, with a focus on the films of Robin Williams.


O Cap­tain! My Cap­tain! our fear­ful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the peo­ple all exult­ing,
While fol­low eyes the steady keel, the ves­sel grim and dar­ing:

But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleed­ing drops of red,
Where on the deck my Cap­tain lies,
Fall­en cold and dead.

O Cap­tain! My Cap­tain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;
For you bou­quets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowd­ing;
For you they call, the sway­ing mass, their eager faces turn­ing;

Here cap­tain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fall­en cold and dead.

My Cap­tain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voy­age closed and done;
From fear­ful trip, the vic­tor ship, comes in with object won;

Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mourn­ful tread,
Walk the deck my cap­tain lies,
Fall­en cold and dead.

Walt Whit­man


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