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Coloring Club Plus — 7/10/19

July 10a

Today’s Celtic “W” has a tri-fold dedication:

Karl Edmond De Vere Wallinger, World Party, and Wales.

Thanks to Dave, who posted on Kerr of Simple Mind’s birthday yesterday, I pulled out my 2-disc Greenpeace: Greenpeace Warriors CDs and gave them a listen. I came across this gem of a song after unknown years since putting this disc on the platter.  The youtube here is a longer version but more of the goodness of the song.

Karl Edmond De Vere Wallinger (born October 19, 1957, Prestatyn, Wales) is a Welsh musician, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for leading the band World Party and for his mid-1980s stint in The Waterboys. He also wrote and originally released the song “She’s the One”, which was later covered by Robbie Williams and became a hit single.

Wallinger is a multi-instrumentalist, enabling him to demo and record the bulk of World Party material as a one-man band. He plays the guitar left-handed.

Per wikipedia:
Ship of Fools” (subtitled “Save Me from Tomorrow”) is a rock song performed by World Party. It was written and produced by singer and multi-instrumentalist Karl Wallinger, formerly of The Waterboys. Wallinger is the sole member of World Party.

“Ship of Fools” was the first single released by World Party and was included on the 1986 debut album Private Revolution. It was World Party’s sole Billboard Top 40 single, debuting on that chart on April 4, 1987 and peaking at number 27. It also reached no. 42 on the UK singles chart, no. 5 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and no. 4 on the Australian Music Report chart.

The song has also been included on over a dozen compilations, including Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warriors compilation. [The one I have.] song review by Mike DeGagne:
It took a clean break from Mike Scott for Karl Wallinger to get World Party off the ground, and with some help from Sinéad O’Connor, he finally released Private Revolution in 1987. Wallinger’s strong ties to cleaning up the environment are all over the album, and the first single, entitled “Ship of Fools,” was destined to become a Top 30 hit before the album even hit the shelves. Eventually adopted by Greenpeace for a benefit album, “Ship of Fools” had all the right ingredients that a lead single should have, and it merged a vocally intense lyrical presence with a well-orchestrated beat, accompanied by some desolate-sounding piano in the background. “You will pay tomorrow” is the threatening message that introduces the chorus, but the song’s catchy yet austere bounce nearly outweighs the intended warnings. Wallinger’s voice does reveal an honest, emotive quality throughout, and there’s no denying the attractive melody and the pop kick that keeps the song from being a totally dispirited and preachy effort. Private Revolution certainly lives up to its title, as the album is an obvious soapbox for Wallinger to address his concerns for the slow dilapidation of Mother Earth. Songs like “Making Love (To the World),” “Hawaiian Island World,” “It Can Be Beautiful (Sometimes)” and the title track all pertain to the state of the world from an environmental standpoint, but they’re all well-written, pop-smart pieces that show off just as much of Wallinger’s talent as they are sermonizing. “Ship of Fools” became the only Top 40 single for World Party, despite some rather strong releases throughout the ’90s, but the prominence that it did receive is truly well-deserved.

In a reversal of the usual, where the album is introduced, then the song, because the song came first, the album is introduced after the song here.

Private Revolution is the first album by the British rock band World Party. At this point, singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Karl Wallinger was the only member of World Party, and the only person pictured on the cover. Wallinger is assisted on this album by several session musicians, including Anthony Thistlethwaite, Steve Wickham and Sinéad O’Connor. Several other musicians listed in the credits are actually whimsically named pseudonyms for Wallinger himself .

We’re setting sail to the place on the map
from which no one has ever returned
Drawn by the promise of the joker and the fool
by the light of the crosses that burned.
Drawn by the promise of the women and the lace
and the gold and the cotton and pearls
It’s the place where they keep all the darkness you need.
You sail away from the light of the world on this trip, baby.
You will pay tomorrow
You’re gonna pay tomorrow
You will pay tomorrow

Save me. Save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools. No, no
Oh, save me. Save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools
I want to run and hide right now

Avarice and greed are gonna drive you over the endless sea
They will leave you drifting in the shallows
or drowning in the oceans of history
Traveling the world, you’re in search of no good
but I’m sure you’ll build your Sodom like you knew you would
Using all the good people for your galley slaves
as you’re little boat struggles through the warning waves, but you don’t pay

You will pay tomorrow
You’re gonna pay tomorrow
You’re gonna pay tomorrow

Save me. Save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools
Save me. Save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools
Where’s it comin’ from?
Where’s it goin’ to now?
It’s just a It’s just a ship of fools
Songwriters: Karl Edmond De Vere Wallinger

19 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 7/10/19

  1. Thanks Hans. Did this song ever get airplay in the US? Seems like it did, but I may only know it from the Greenpeace. Will have to see if L has any of the albums.


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