Ships That Don't Come In

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"Ships That Don't Come In"
Single by Joe Diffie
from the album Regular Joe
B-side"Startin' Over Blues"
ReleasedApril 14, 1992
FormatCD Single
Songwriter(s)Paul Nelson, Dave Gibson
Producer(s)Johnny Slate, Bob Montgomery
Joe Diffie singles chronology
"Is It Cold in Here"
"Ships That Don't Come In"
"Next Thing Smokin'"

"Ships That Don't Come In" is a song recorded by American country music singer Joe Diffie that reached the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart in 1992. It was released in April 1992 as the second single from his Epic Records album Regular Joe. The song was written by Paul Nelson and Dave Gibson the latter of whom was also recording for Epic as a member of the Gibson/Miller Band at the time.


The song features two men philosophizing about the nature of life while having a conversation at a bar.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jack Cole and premiered in mid-1992.

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 68 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated April 18, 1992. It charted for 20 weeks on that chart, reaching its peak of number 5 on the chart[2] dated July 11, 1992.

Chart (1992) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 3
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 55
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 46


  1. ^ Tom Roland (July 19, 1994). "Joe Diffie's 'ditties' don't fly artistically". The Tennesseean. pp. 1D. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 106.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1983." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 8, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Joe Diffie Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1992". RPM. December 19, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Best of 1992: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.

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