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?
Trying to find a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal where the character menacingly quotes lyrics from a Train song (IIRC, Drops of Jupiter).
Help with car terms in Steve Earle song "Sweet Little '66," please? [more inside]
"[Blank] It" song lyrics? [more inside]
Can someone who speaks Spanish tell me what this song means? [more inside]
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]
[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]
What are they lyrics to the song "Moments Before Sleep" by Blue Roses? [MySpace warning] [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for a song to be read (not sung) at a wedding. [more inside]
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?
Another "what's that song, Google failed me" question. [more inside]
Very important question. Can we work together to figure out the actual lyrics to "Sailing to Nowhere" by Broken Bells? [more inside]
German music filter: can you make out what this kid is singing? [more inside]
How do I properly credit popular (presumably copyrighted) popular music when quoting lyrics in the context of original fiction being released under Creative Commons? [more inside]
English translation of French lyrics: Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour by Os Mutantes [more inside]
Remembered song lyric: "No deposit, no return." What song? [more inside]
Can you help me identify this song? [more inside]
Any Paul Simon fans out there? What does he mean when he says "Call me Al?" [more inside]