The 1983 Billy Joel song "Uptown Girl" has the line "But maybe someday when my ship comes in / she'll understand what kind of guy I am / and then I'll win." It just occurred to me that, though I'm in my thirties, I don't think I've ever heard the expression "when my ship comes in" used by anyone but Billy Joel. Has this ever been a commonly-used expression? If so, does anyone still use it? And what the heck does it even mean? I mean, I can tell what it figuratively means, from the context. But what is the connection between a ship arriving and someone becoming successful?
posted by Mechitar
on Jun 18, 2013 -
Trying to find a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal where the character menacingly quotes lyrics from a Train song (IIRC, Drops of Jupiter).
posted by drezdn
on Dec 12, 2012 -
Need the artist and song name of a song from Animal Planet's "American Stuffers" that has lyrics talking about "Novocaine" and is sung by a Carrie Underwood-type woman! Gah! [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat
on Apr 20, 2012 -
[Song Filter] The roommate I had in college during the 2000-2001 year listened to this song that I liked a lot but of course I do not know the name of it, who sang it, or fully remember much of the lyrics. [more inside]
posted by zizzle
on Dec 15, 2011 -
Song lyrics filter: help me remember this song from my childhood! "The sun is up, the sun is shining bright, it fades away the moon and the stars of night." Then something about birds and butterflies? Google failed me. Can you tell me how the song goes on?
posted by phisbe
on Feb 16, 2011 -
Very important question. Can we work together to figure out the actual
lyrics to "Sailing to Nowhere" by Broken Bells? [more inside]
posted by theredpen
on Jul 3, 2010 -
Any Paul Simon fans out there? What does he mean when he says "Call me Al?" [more inside]
posted by ohio
on Feb 24, 2006 -