I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing in)

by Matt Norris & The Moon

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A traditional carol we recorded Christmas 2011, featuring Caroline Overy, For Free!

"I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)" is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. A variant of its parent tune "Greensleeves", the earliest printed version of "I Saw Three Ships" is from the 17th century, possibly Derbyshire, and was also published by William B. Sandys in 1833. The lyrics mention the ships sailing into Bethlehem, but the nearest body of water is the Dead Sea about 20 miles away. The reference to three ships is thought to originate in the three ships that bore the purported relics of the Biblical magi to Cologne Cathedral in the 12th century.


released December 25, 2011
Recorded and mixed by David Law



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Matt Norris & The Moon Edinburgh, UK

Matt Norris & the Moon live in Edinburgh & play tunes ranging from folky foot stomping to a noisy fuzz, with some quieter moments in between. There'll be harmonies, choruses and a bit of flute and trumpet in there bringing the melodies.

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