Ship of Fools (World Party song)

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"Ship of Fools"
Ship of Fools World Party.jpg
Single by World Party
from the album Private Revolution
Released 1986
Genre Rock
Length 4:17
Label Chrysalis Records - 43052
Writer(s) Karl Wallinger
Producer(s) Karl Wallinger
World Party singles chronology
"Ship of Fools"
"Put the Message in the Box"

"Ship of Fools" (subtitled "Save Me from Tomorrow"[1]) 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.[2]

"Ship of Fools" was the first single released by World Party and was included on the 1986 debut album Private Revolution.[2] It was World Party's sole Billboard Top 40 single, debuting on that chart on April 4, 1987 and peaking at number 27.[1] It also reached no. 42 on the UK singles chart,[3] no. 5 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart,[4] and no. 4 on the Australian Music Report chart.[5]

A longer version, at 6 minutes and 40 seconds, was released as a 12" single, with a double B Side of World Groove (Do The Mind Guerrilla) and Nowhere Man (Ensign ENYX 6606). This version is no longer available commercially.

The song has also been included on over a dozen compilations, including Greenpeace's Rainbow Warriors compilation.[2]


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th Edition). Billboard Books. p. 689. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4. 
  2. ^ a b c DeGagne, Mike. "Ship of Fools: Song Review". allmusic. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chart Stats - World Party". Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "World Party: Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "National Top 100 Singles 1987". Retrieved September 24, 2012.