Song of the Day, April 5: Ship of Fools by World Party

Ship_of_Fools_World_PartyToday’s song is Karl Wallinger’s lone US hit [#27, 1987]. When the multi-faceted musician left the Waterboys, he created a stunning statement with his first release, Private Revolution, credited to World Party. The largely one-man-band effort is filled with Wallinger’s observations about our world and where it’s headed. One of the finest was his first single, Ship of Fools, subtitled Save Me From Tomorrow on the charts.

Likening the temptations of the modern world to an ocean voyage, Wallinger provides a succinct, scathing rebuke of the Reagan/Thatcher worldview that dominated the world when the album was released. “You sail away from the light of the world on this ship, baby,” he intones, refusing to be a part of the doomed crew. It’s a smart conceit, nicely executed, with just the right mix of modern and classic rock to make it a timeless track.

Enjoy this great song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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