I'll Sail My Ship Alone

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"I'll Sail My Ship Alone" is a 1950 song written by Moon Mullican (sometimes credited as "Morry Burns"), Henry Bernard (sometimes credited as "Henry Glover"), Lois Mann (sometimes credited as "Sydney Nathan") and Henry Thurston, and popularized by Moon Mullican. The song was Mullican's most successful release, reaching number one on the Country & Western chart for a single week, and spending a total of nine months on the chart.[1] "I'll Sail My Ship Alone" crossed over to the pop chart, reaching number seventeen. Patsy Cline also recorded this song on her last recording session, before she died in a plane crash. It was recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1958 and by many others since such as Hank Williams, Skeets McDonald, Patsy Cline, Tiny Hill, Ferlin Husky, George Jones, Slim Whitman, Patrick Wall, Mickey Gilley and Leon Russell.

"I'll Sail My Ship Alone" is also an album title for several Moon Mullican original albums and more recent compilations. Irish blues singer Patrick Wall also called his 2011 CD "I'll Sail My Ship Alone" too.

1990s band Beautiful South released a song called "I'll sail this ship alone". However, this song is lyrically and melodically unrelated although the title may have been inspired by "I'll Sail My Ship Alone".


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 241. 
Preceded by
"Why Don't You Love Me" by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
Billboard Best Selling Retail Country & Western Records number-one single
June 17, 1950
Succeeded by
"Why Don't You Love Me" by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys