Ships

Album: You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic (1979)
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Songfacts®:

  • Hunter started writing "Ships" when he was with Mott The Hoople, but it didn't appear on vinyl until 1979 when he recorded it for his solo album You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic; the song has been described as a hymn-like ballad about his relationship with his father.
  • Surprisingly, this song was covered by Barry Manilow, and his version was a #9 US hit in 1979. Hunter recalled to Mojo magazine: "That whole Manilow thing was quite amusing. That guy's no slouch when it comes to arranging." >>
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Comments: 4

  • Andy S. from MinnesotaHunters 1979 Album was my favorite album of the entire 70’s, with the possible exception of The Band’s “The Last Waltz” soundtrack. Ian once said in an interview that rather than England, he’s always felt like a guy from Alabama who’d rather be driving a Ford Pickup. He’s always been underrated by the general populus, but in the music world - they know he’s always been a genius..all the greats revere him, and see him as the genius he his.
  • Scott from OhioIan Hunter always was highly underrated.
  • Johnny from Boston, MaThat's wild! I thought it was the other way around! It is so very Manilow-esque!

    I've been telling the whole story backwards all this time...
  • Paul from Rothesay, Nb, CanadaHow crazy is it that Barry Manilow would cover a song by Ian Hunter!
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