My Ship is Coming In (The Walker Brothers)

26 JANUARY 1966


The Walker Brothers’ fourth single (and follow up to their epic #1 'Make It Easy on Yourself') was 'My Ship is Coming In’, which reached its peak UK chart position of #3 this week. It only reached #63 in the US where, despite being an American band, they never enjoyed anywhere near the kind of success they had in the UK.

This song - one of my favourites of theirs - had been previously been released in the US in 1965 by soul singer Jimmy Radcliffe but had only reached #163. The Walker Brothers were at their peak during this time, and they totally nail this song with great vocals and brilliant production.

As with most Walker Brothers' video clips, the drummer (Gary Leeds/Walker) with his tiny drum kit looks lost beside the two singers miming to such a heavily orchestrated song here. Then again, he didn’t even play much on their actual recordings.

B-side: 'You're All Around Me'
Recorded: 1965
Released: 26 November 1965 (UK), January 1966 (US)
Highest chart position: #3 (UK), #63 (US)
Length: 3:15 (mono), 2:56 (stereo)
Writer: Joey Brooks
Producer: Ivor Raymonde

My Ship is Coming In (The Walker Brothers)

'Girl, you've been so good to me
Stayin' by my side through the bad times
All my dreams never came true somehow
But things are gonna be different now, little baby

My ship is coming in
Baby, baby-
My ship is coming in

And won't it be fine
We're gonna make it this time

You can throw away that shabby dress
Buy yourself the finest things in town, girl
Pry your eyes, we're celebratin'
Oh, there's so many good times awaitin' baby

My ship is coming in
Baby, baby-
My ship is coming in

And won't it be fine
We're gonna make it this time

I know it's been tough on you
But through it all, you've been so true
Happy to be just lovin' me
And anything you want, it's yours 'cause baby

My ship is coming in
Baby, baby-
My ship is coming in

Baby, baby-
My holy ship - I've been waiting and it's coming in
(My ship) Oh can't you see it baby
Can't you feel the ship - I know it's coming in
Yeah, yeah
(My ship) Just for me and you, everything we ever wanted
Everything we ever wanted is coming in
So dry your eyes...'