The Ghost Ship Albums Gigs Lyrics

Details

Author
Robyn Hitchcock
Versions
Ghost Ship

Albums

Title Artist Label Type Year
Balloon Man Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians A&M Records Authorized 1988
You & Oblivion Robyn Hitchcock Rhino Records Authorized 1995

Gigs

Billed As Venue City State Country Date
Robyn Hitchcock Newbury Comics Boston Massachusetts US April 08, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock McCabe's Santa Monica California US May 26, 1990
Robyn Hitchcock McCabe's Santa Monica California US April 25, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock 40 Watt Club Athens Georgia US February 24, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK July 16, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Knitting Factory New York New York US March 15, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Knitting Factory New York New York US March 12, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US December 06, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock Mountain Stage Charleston West Virginia US November 17, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock Cat's Cradle (Chapel Hill NC) Carrboro North Carolina US April 27, 1990
Robyn Hitchcock Backstage Seattle Washington US September 27, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock McCabe's Santa Monica California US July 30, 1988
Robyn Hitchcock Cactus Café Austin Texas US May 15, 1990
Robyn Hitchcock 9:30 Club Washington DC US July 24, 1988
Robyn Hitchcock Cactus Café Austin Texas US May 15, 1990
Robyn Hitchcock Beacon Theatre New York New York US November 15, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Cactus Café Austin Texas US October 23, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Iron Horse Northampton Massachusetts US October 31, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock G2 Glasgow Scotland UK September 30, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Ronnie Scott's London England UK January 30, 2000
Robyn Hitchcock Largo Los Angeles California US July 31, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Ronnie Scott's London England UK February 02, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock The Rhythm Room Phoenix Arizona US February 19, 2003
Robyn Hitchcock Largo Los Angeles California US February 22, 2003
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK September 03, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock Kitty Kat Club Minneapolis Minnesota US November 04, 2004
Robyn Hitchcock World Café Live Philadelphia Pennsylvania US November 15, 2004
Robyn Hitchcock Beachland Ballroom Cleveland Ohio US November 08, 2004
Robyn Hitchcock Southpaw New York New York US March 25, 2005
Robyn Hitchcock Club Congress Tucson Arizona US March 13, 2005
Robyn Hitchcock Largo Los Angeles California US March 09, 2005
Robyn Hitchcock Iron Horse Northampton Massachusetts US July 09, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock El Rey Theatre Los Angeles California US April 11, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 Club Congress Tucson Arizona US April 14, 2007
Robyn Hitchcock Doug Fir Lounge Portland Oregon US December 01, 2007
Robyn Hitchcock The Turning Point Piermont New York US July 15, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock The Starlight Club Waterloo Ontario Canada November 13, 2007
Robyn Hitchcock Shank Hall Milwaukee Wisconsin US November 02, 2007
Robyn Hitchcock Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US November 19, 2006
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 Doug Fir Lounge Portland Oregon US April 07, 2007
Robyn Hitchcock ABC2 Glasgow Scotland UK February 07, 2009
Robyn Hitchcock Brudenell Social Club Leeds England UK February 10, 2009
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 T.T. the Bear's Cambridge Massachusetts US March 30, 2007
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 Spaceland Los Angeles California US April 12, 2007
Robyn Hitchcock Somerville Theatre Somerville Massachusetts US November 21, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock Zodiac Oxford England UK April 14, 2010
Robyn Hitchcock Harlow's Sacramento California US May 19, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock St Paul's Church Birmingham England UK October 25, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK October 28, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock Murmrr New York New York US November 21, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock Hạ Long Bay Hạ Long Vietnam December 02, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock Eddie's Attic Decatur Georgia US October 31, 2014
Robyn Hitchcock Band on the Wall Manchester England UK June 02, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock Union Chapel London England UK June 05, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock Zambezi River Victoria Falls Zimbabwe February 16, 2016
Robyn Hitchcock Iron Horse Northampton Massachusetts US March 22, 2016
Robyn Hitchcock The Grand Victory New York New York US April 03, 2016
Robyn Hitchcock Daniels Hall Denver Colorado US June 03, 2016
Robyn Hitchcock The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury England UK October 27, 2016
Robyn Hitchcock City Winery Chicago Illinois US November 17, 2016
Robyn Hitchcock City Winery New York New York US November 19, 2016
Robyn Hitchcock The ArtsCenter Carrboro North Carolina US May 14, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock The Kent Stage Kent Ohio US November 16, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock One Longfellow Square Portland Maine US April 11, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock Colony Woodstock New York US November 14, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn & Emma's house Nashville Tennessee US May 27, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn & Emma's house Nashville Tennessee US May 29, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK March 19, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago Illinois US November 15, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock City Winery Boston Massachusetts US November 24, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock Queen Elizabeth Hall London England UK March 02, 2003
Robyn Hitchcock Randy Now's Man Cave Bordentown New Jersey US April 04, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn and Emma's house London England UK June 25, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock McGonigel's Mucky Duck Houston Texas US November 15, 2016
Robyn Hitchcock Sellersville Theater Sellersville Pennsylvania US March 02, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock City Winery New York New York US November 20, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock Duck Room at Blueberry Hill St. Louis Missouri US November 14, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock The Kessler Theater Dallas Texas US February 08, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock The Ark Ann Arbor Michigan US April 14, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock McCabe's Guitar Shop Santa Monica California US January 21, 2012
Robyn Hitchcock Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago Illinois US November 15, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock Once Ballroom Somerville Massachusetts US March 03, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock Amoeba Records Los Angeles California US February 25, 2009
Robyn Hitchcock Concerts In The Studio Freehold New Jersey US February 28, 2014
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 Triple Door Seattle Washington US March 21, 2009
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 Antone's Austin Texas US April 03, 2009
Robyn Hitchcock McNally Jackson Bookstore (Seaport) New York New York US October 13, 2021

Lyrics

The ghost ship haunts the sea
She'll come back and marry me

The rust is where her heart should be tonight
Her face is where her fingers were tonight

A glassy chequered engine room
The speechless silence of the tomb
The manuscripts inside the womb unfurl
A girl
Translucent as a jellyfish
That palpitates upon a dish
She stings you with her gently falling curl

And sinking in the waters green tonight
I wonder where my lover's been tonight

The ghost ship changes tack
And stands becalmed; her sails are slack
The cabinboy lies on his back and sighs
The mayonnaise is oozing down his thighs
The bubbles rising from the deep
Where deadmen sing themselves to sleep
From oak and coral they do seep to say
"OK
You throw open my future like a chart
See through my skin; into my heart
That flutters in my ribcage like a bird"

And the ghost ship sails on into someone's life

The air from bottles forms into
The skeletons of all the crew
In white they dance against the blue and wail
Their curling bodies flail around the sail
The figurehead before the mast
Stares back into the golden past
Across the wrinkled sea so vast she mourns
Forlorn

She flutters 'round me like a moth
That beats against mosquito cloth
And tries to eat her way into my dreams

And sinking in the waters green tonight
I wonder where my love has been tonight

The melons on the riverbank
Are bulging through decaying planks

Their beauty is so warm and dank and light
The captain wears a headless grin tonight

And silhouetted on the blue
The cook, the mate, the captain, too
They know not where or why or what they do at all
They fall
Like masonry in the abyss
That opens every time we kiss
I hear their laughter echo 'round the bay
And the ghost ship sails on into someone's life

<Alternates>
(From the Balloon Man CD3)
Still come back and marry me                   2a
The ghost ship changes course                 14a
And on the deck there stands a horse          15a
Who's munching on sardines and gorse and hay  16a
The Captain trawls a net across the bay       17a
You read my future like a chart               22a
Across the wrinkled sea so vast; forlorn      32a
She mourns                                    33a
The cook, the mate, the boss'n, too           44a