From the recording Demo Tracks
"I'm Your Captain" is an epic song written by Mark Farner and recorded by Grand Funk Railroad in 1970. The song conveys the pleas of a captain on a troubled sea voyage facing a mutiny from his crew. It has become a classic rock staple and has appeared on several audience-selected lists as one of the best rock songs of all time. Released as a single with the title "Closer To Home", it was modestly successful in early fall 1970, reaching number 22 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart as the group's first top 40 hit single. It was far more successful on progressive rock radio stations, where its airplay helped the album reach the Top 10 of the U.S. Album chart within a month of its release. Decades later, listeners of the legendary New York rock station WNEW-FM ranked it the 71st best song of all time.