Mat Kearney, “Ships in the Night”

Mat Kearney, “Ships in the Night”

Mat Kearney’s Ships in the Night scored top debut honors on the Billboard Christian Songs chart the week of February 25, 2012. Interestingly enough, when I swung by YouTube to check out Ships in the Night, I was shocked to see the Ships in the Night audio-video was viewed almost 450,000 times! WOW!

Kearney’s high profile in the secular world is buoyed by the inclusion of his songs in more than a dozen hit television shows, including 30 Rock, Dirty Sexy Money, Kyle XY, Without A Trace, Laguna Beach, The Hills, Bones, Jericho, Friday Night Lights,What About Brian, One Tree Hill, Scrubs, The Closer, NCIS, Life Unexpected, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Vampire Diaries. Ships in the Night is the third single off Young Love, following Hey Mama and Down, the latter of which was a hit on Christian AC, peaking at #23 sometime late last year. The rap-acoustic rock style of Ships in the Night certainly makes it a unique addition to Christian AC, a breath of fresh air, and I would absolutely love it Ships in the Night performed better than Down. We’ll have to see, won’t we?

SHIPS IN THE NIGHT Lyrics
Mat Kearney

Like ships in the night
You keep passing me by
Just wasting time
Trying to prove who’s right
And if it all goes crashing into the sea
If it’s just you and me
Trying to find the light

Like ships in the night letting cannonballs fly
Say what you mean and it turns to a fight
Fists fly from my mouth as it turns south
You’re down the driveway
I’m on the couch
Chasing your dreams since the violent fifth grade
Trying to believe in your silent own way
Cause we’ll be okay, I’m not going away
Like you watching at fourteen as it went down the drain
Your pops stayed the same and your moms moved away
How many of our parents make it anyway
We’re just fumbling through the gray
Trying to find a heart that’s not walking away

Turn the lights down low
Walk these halls alone
We can feel so far
From so close

Like ships in the night
You keep passing me by
Just wasting time
Trying to prove who’s right
And if it all goes crashing into the sea
Its just you and me
Trying to find the light
Like ships in the night
You’re passing me by
You’re passing me by
Like ships in the night

I’m at the airport waiting on the second plane
Had to pack you had cramps
And I was late heading to a red carpet
They wont know my name
Riding in silence
All that we wanna say
Bout to board when you call on the phone
You say I’m sorry I’ll be waiting at home
Feels like we’re burning this out on our own
Trying to find our way down a road we don’t know

Turn the lights down low
Walk these halls alone
We can feel so far
From so close

Like ships in the night
You keep passing me by
Just wasting time
Trying to prove who’s right
And if it all goes crashing into the sea
Its just you and me
Trying to find the light
Like ships in the night
You’re passing me by
You’re passing me by
Like ships in the night

I’m gonna find my way
Back to your side
Back to your side

Like ships in the night
You keep passing me by
Just wasting time
Trying to prove who’s right
And if it all goes crashing into the sea
Its just you and me
Trying to find the light
Like ships in the night
You’re passing me by
You’re passing me by
Like ships in the night 

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