Win Nick’s PC Voucher [Extended]


Thank Fiachra it’s Friday.

That can only mean one thing: another music competition to keep you entertained through the weekend.

With news of the container ship getting stuck in the Suez Canal this week, I want to know: What’s your favourite song about ships or whose lyrics reference ships?

Here’s mine.

Reply below to be in with a chance of winning a €20 voucher redeemable at any Currys PC World store.

The winner will be chosen by my first man.

Please include video links if possible.

Lines close at Saturday 11am.

Nick says: Good luck!

Last week’s winner here

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91 thoughts on “Win Nick’s PC Voucher [Extended]

  1. Friscondo

    Karl Wallinger left the Waterboys to lead World Party, and came up with this instant classic, Ship of Fools. Great chorus for singing along at festivals. Could also have been a contender in the Welsh category.

  2. Specifc Gravity

    The late, great Scott Walker – My Ship Is Coming In

    Because lets face it – we could all do with a similar level of optimism at this stage…

    You can throw away that shabby dress
    Buy yourself the finest things in town, girl
    Dry your eyes, we’re celebratin’
    Oh, there’s so many good times awaitin’, baby
    My ship is coming in
    And won’t it be fine
    Girl, 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

  3. johnny

    …to all the ships i passed in the night,here’s Lana from her new album,Chemtrails Over the Country Club.

    Not all those who wander are lost
    Not all those who wander are lost
    Not all those who wander
    All those who wander
    All those who wander are lost
    It’s just wanderlust

    1. Otis Blue

      “I stepped on board a vision, and I followed with a will, ‘Til next I came to anchor at the cross at Spancil Hill…”

      Irish emigrant Michael Considine dreams of journeying home.

      Here’s Shane and Christy’s take on it.

  4. Nicorigo

    Rowboat -Beck-

    Perhaps the best song of Beck’s early years, Rowboat is a cry-in-your beer, heartbroken country song.
    Johnny Cash will cover the song some years later on his album Unchained. About it, he’d have that to say:
    “I”m not even going to ask Beck what the lines means, “I’ll be home with the gasoline.” Is it for her truck, or to burn her house? I know. In my head I know. I’ve been like that before. Rowboat, things are much better on the other shore.”

  5. Otis Blue

    “And from the plains of Royal Meath
    Strong men came hurrying through
    While Britannia’s Huns, with their long range guns sailed in through the foggy dew…”

    The Chieftains and Sinead – The Foggy Dew

  6. Harry Warren

    The late great Stuart Adamson and Big Country’s song Ships.

    Stuart had a big heart that he wore on his sleeve that bled all too raw emotions, a superb musician and lyricist, like too many people that the world is to harsh for he died tragically at the age of 43.
    Whenever I saw Big Country live , the audience and band would engage in a mutual exchange of energy to ensure live shows became more a celebration than mere gigs.

    Enjoy the video for Ships and take some time to listen to the lyrics

  7. Reidman

    On a dull and cold day let’s sail to warmer climes and look ahead to a great summer. This song always lifts my mood, the lyrics, scenery, and delivery all evoke beautiful summer memories – exotic islands, broad expanses of open water and beachwear.

    Welsh crooner and undergarment magnet Tom Jones delivers an unforgettable and especially visual performance that will live long in the memory and etched in your retinas forever. All aboard the Sloop John B!

  8. Glat1

    My first three favourite ship songs happen to be the first three listed above. So, my fourth favourite ship song is Flash and the Pan’s Down Among the Dead Men,

    A beautifully evocative ode to the engineering pride of Belfast that last high-fived solid ground in Cobh before sailing out to meet her destiny.

  9. Andy Pipkin

    I remember seeing these guys back in the day in the Olympic Ballroom, everyone got a bingo card on entering the venue and throughout the gig Andy Bell would draw a number, the winner got to go on stage and sing with the band!!
    Third time around with the song of the same name,
    Erasure – Ship Of Fools


  10. Andy Pipkin

    Isn’t it extraordinary that a lyric that I heard 30 years ago has stayed with me till this day, penned by the brilliant Housemartins, I’ve always remembered this superb lyric,

    “Paupers will be paupers, bankers will be bankers
    Some own pennies in a jar, some own oil tankers”

    The gulf of difference in poverty V riches !

    Brilliant band and brilliant song, from one of the best albums ever.


  11. Otis Blue

    “Did I dream you dreamed about me?
    Were you here when I was full sail?
    Now my foolish boat is leaning
    Broken lovelorn on your rocks…”

    Song to the Siren has been covered by many, but the original is the best. Here’s Tim Buckley performing it on the final episode of The Monkees TV show aired on March 25, 1968.

  12. Paulus

    Not wishing gaze at the complementry equine’s molars, but €20 won’t go far in Curry’s?

    Oh, and Rivers of Babylon.

  13. Fairyqueen

    it has to be Andy White and “The Whole Love Story”. A tape I bought in a French discount store in 1993. This song is finishes with the BBC Shipping Forecast… its just so lovely. I am adding this in spite of my other half who suggested Brian Ferry (!) would be a good bet in being the bride instead of the bridesmaid that I always seem to be..

  14. Fairyqueen

    it has to be Andy White and “The Whole Love Story”. A tape I bouught in a French discount store in 1993. This song is finishes with the BBC Shipping Forecast… its just so lovely. I am adding this in spite of my other half who suggested Brian Ferry (!) would be a good bet in being the bride instead of the bridesmaid that I always seem to be..

  15. Otis Blue

    “Watching the Mail Boat and the harbour Madonna glow, I thought of the times I was glad to go..”

    The Stars of Heaven – Widow’s Walk*

    *bonus points for featuring on the Holyhead EP which also featured the instrumental song Before Holyhead.

  16. Gorugeen

    My favourite song referring to ships or the sea is Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Iron Maiden. Particularly the Live after Death version below.
    This song introduced me to the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge as a teen, much to the amusement of my English teacher. Methinks Coleridge would have been a doom or stoner metal head were he born a few centuries later.

  17. Unreal

    Great choices above but surprised no one has mentioned Van Morrison Into the Mystic

    And when that foghorn blows
    You know I will be coming home

    As the OP says “one of the greatest songs ever written”

  18. Clampers Outside

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Iron Maiden

    An epic track based on the Samuel Coleridge epic poem – where romantic poetry meets heavy metal. It’s an enthralling interpretation of the story of the mariner and the doomed ship, The Albatross. Full of atmosphere with thundering guitar play, galloping bass and an eerie middle, before roaring up again… you won’t even feel the near 14 mins pass as you follow the story to its end.

    Just checked… It’s 37 years old now… and now I feel old :0)

    1. Johnny

      ….if after that epic journey you fancy dialing it back a little.

      This is off Brian Eno’s recent release,Film Music 1976-2020,from Saoirse Ronan’s,Lovely Bones.

      Coffee and this,perhaps a smoke,have a great weekend.

      Ship in a Bottle.

      -ps that’s a timeless classic clampers.

      1. Clampers Outside

        Lovely piece… got an ad for a meditation app when I clicked… Well placed ad :)

        Correction, I think, on my original post… I don’t think the ship is called the Albatross :)

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Little Slightly wants to learn this on the feadóg íseal. But her hands are small.

      I live just up the road from Finbar, and it was my pleasure to meet him once. I hope to introduce the Little ‘un to him when she comes.

      She wants to do her bagpipes thingy when she is here. I need a contact number for Davy Spillane, the master.

      1. Papi

        Went to college with his daughter and he came to the graduation, I think everyone got a photo with him, lovely guy.
        Well done your daughter!

  19. eamonn

    The inevitable …..
    Good ship venus
    I am going to let you find your own link to this,
    There is a version by Loudon Wainwright III
    which is a different take on it, all good clean fun

  20. eamonn

    I’m off now because…..
    Me ship came in
    Might Mikey T on the keys – Style Council
    I’ll get my boat……
    happy saturday
    Ps I just noticed The goo ship venus is up earlier, I found a Muppets version of it a while ago – is nothing sacred ?

  21. Clampers Outside

    All Tomorrow’s Parties documentary of the festivals of the same name…
    I’m sure one of the festivals took place near water at some point… which may make it relevant to the comp…

    Anyway, I just watched it and had to share :)

    Well cool, fun music doc –

      1. Unreal

        Out of Yarmouth harbour I was faring
        As a cabin boy on a sailing lugger

        Definitely no mention of a transit van!

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