#01881
I Saw Three Ships (Celtic Connection) video, MIDI
#2475: YouTube video by Mandel Karlsson
©2014 ~ Used with permission ~

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I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And what was in those ships all three?
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
And what was in those ships all three?
On Christmas Day in the morning.

The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Pray whither sailed those ships all three?
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
Pray whither sailed those ships all three?
On Christmas Day in the morning.

O, they sailed into Bethlehem
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
O, they sailed into Bethlehem
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the bells on earth shall ring
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
And all the bells on earth shall ring
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the angels in heaven shall sing
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
And all the angels in heaven shall sing
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the souls on earth shall sing
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
And all the souls on earth shall sing
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Then let us all rejoice amain!
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
Then let us all rejoice amain!
On Christmas Day in the morning.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of the sixth carol printed on a 19th-century British broadside titled, The Evergreen. Carols For Christmas Holidays, beginning: As I sat on a sunny bank... published by J Catnach (London) sometime between 1813 and 1838, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 7(30) ....####
This variant and the video above were recorded by Celtic Connection on a 1999 compilation album by various artists, The Christmas Wish, trk#14, Avalon Music, Torbay, NL; and on a 2007 compilation album by various artists, Atlantic Standard Christmas, trk#7, Rhino Records, Toronto, ON, distributed by Warner Music Canada.

See more songs by Celtic Connection.

A variant was also recorded by The Irish Descendants (The Gift, trk#2, 2001, Sextant Records, Markham, Ontario, Recorded and mixed at Cool Blue Studios, St John's, Newfoundland, and produced by the Irish Descendants).

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