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My Ship

Lyrics:Ira Gershwin
Music:Kurt Weill

The song was publishe 1941.

"My Ship" is a popular song written for
the 1941 Broadway musical Lady in the Dark, with music by Kurt Weill
and lyrics by Ira Gershwin.
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.

The musical's theme of psychoanalysis is said to be based on
Hart's own experiences with psychoanalyst Gregory Zilboorg.
Except for the final song, all the music in the play is heard
in three extended dream sequences:
the Glamour Dream, the Wedding Dream,
and the Circus Dream which, to some extent,
become three small operettas integrated into a straight play.
The final song, "My Ship", functions as a leitmotif for Liza's insecurity:
as each dream commences, a snippet of the tune is heard,
as it is a haunting melody which Liza recognizes but cannot name,
or sing with words, until her anxiety is resolved.

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

Julie Andrews(My Ship)
Julie Andrews

Anita O'Day(My Ship)
Anita O'Day

Ella Fitzgerald(My Ship)
Ella Fitzgerald

Nancy Wilson(My Ship)
Nancy Wilson

June Christy(My Ship)
June Christy

Julie Andrews

Anita O`Day

Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass

Nancy Wilson

June Christy

Doris Day

Sarah Vaughan

"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "

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