"My Ship" is a popular song written for the 1941 Broadway musical Lady in the Dark.
The music is marked "Andante espressivo"; Gershwin describes it as "orchestrated by Kurt to sound sweet and simple at times, mysterious and menacing at other".
It was premiered by Gertrude Lawrence in the role of Liza Elliott, the editor of a fashion magazine. In the context of the show, the song comes in a sequence in which Elliott, in psychoanalysis, recalls a turn-of-the-century song she knew in her childhood.
My ship has sails that are made of silk The decks are trimmed with gold And of jam and spice There's a paradise in the hold
My ship's aglow with a million pearls And rubies fill each bin The sun sits high in a sapphire sky When my ship comes in
I can wait the years till it appears One fine day one spring But the pearls and such They don't mean much If there's missing just one thing
I do not care if that day arrives That dream need never be If the ship I sing Doesn't also bring My own true love to me