The Captain of Her Heart

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"The Captain of Her Heart"
Single by Double
from the album Blue
B-side "Your Prayer Takes Me Off"
Released September 1985
Format 12" maxi single, 7" single
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop rock, sophisti-pop
Length 4:34 (Album Version)
3:59 (Radio Edit)
Label Double City, Metronome, Polydor A&M
Writer(s) Kurt Maloo, Felix Haug
Producer(s) Double
Double singles chronology
"Woman of the World"
(1984)
"The Captain of Her Heart"
(1985)
"Devils Ball"
(1987)

"The Captain of Her Heart" is a single for the Swiss duo Double in 1985. Taken from their 1985 album Blue, the song is a ballad about a girl waiting in vain for her absent lover to return. The song was an international success, reaching #8 in the UK Singles Chart and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In a retrospective review of the song, Allmusic journalist Stewart Mason suggested that the song is "one of the great lost one hit wonders of the mid-1980s." Mason wrote: "The Swiss duo never managed to capitalize on this song's casual sophistication and melodic grace, but it remains a glorious anomaly."[1]

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by Randy Crawford, Laurent Voulzy, Roland Kaiser, Boz Scaggs and Beauty & Deep. Contemporary jazz pianist Duncan Millar offered his take on his 2001 album Good to Go.[2]

Track listings[edit]

7" single (Polydor)
  1. "The Captain of Her Heart" – 3:59
  2. "Your Prayer Takes Me Off" (Part II - Dub) – 4:04
7" single (A&M)
  1. "The Captain of Her Heart" - 3:59
  2. "Your Prayer Takes Me Off" (Part II- Dub) - 4:04
7" single (Metronome)
  1. "The Captain of Her Heart" – 4:35
  2. "Your Prayer Takes Me Off" (Part II - Dub) – 4:04
12" maxi single
  1. "The Captain of Her Heart" – 4:35
  2. "Your Prayer Takes Me Off" (Part II - Dub) – 4:04
  3. "Your Prayer Takes Me Off" (Part I) – 6:30

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[3] 11
Australia (ARIA)[4] 64
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 15
France (SNEP)[6] 9
Germany (Media Control Charts)[7] 10
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 6
Italy (FIMI)[9] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 16
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[13] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "The Captain of Her Heart - Double : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Good to Go overview". Allmusic.com. 
  3. ^ "Double – The Captain of Her Heart – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  4. ^ "australian-charts.com - Forum - CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Double – The Captain of Her Heart – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Double – The Captain of Her Heart" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  7. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  8. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Top Settimanali Single, 1986, 22-02". Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Double – The Captain of Her Heart". VG-lista. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  11. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  12. ^ "Double Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Double. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  13. ^ "Double Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Double. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).