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Patsy Cline’s ‘I’ll Sail My Ship Alone’: Story Behind the Last Song She Ever Sang

by Will Shepard
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Patsy Cline is a country music icon and paved the way for so many to follow in her footsteps. In 1950, Patsy wrote a song called “I’ll Sail My Ship Alone.” The story behind the song is interesting and relatively complex.

“I’ll Sail My Ship Alone” was written by Aubrey Wilson Mullican. Mullican was an important influence in the music industry for a long time. Patsy Cline’s song was Mullican’s most successful song recordings.

The song shot to number one on the Country charts for a week before being taken down. However, “I’ll Sail My Ship Alone” was on the charts for nine straight months before falling off.

This song was certainly important to Patsy Cline. She put the song on her last recording session before she passed away in a horrific plane crash. The song also has several versions from other famous artists in country music.

The Story Behind Patsy Cline’s Song is Iconic

During Patsy Cline’s last show, the last song she ever sang live was “I’ll Sail My Ship Alone.” During that show, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, she gave three shows. She did this to help raise money for a motorcycle accident victim who died earlier that year.

During this last performance, Patsy Cline was sick. Nonetheless, she went on in a dazzling white dress for the show at 8 p.m. The last song of the show was her famous song, which she had just recorded a month before in February. She gave an impassioned performance that will live on with her legacy forever.

After a standing ovation, she headed off of the stage. After leaving the venue, she went back to her hotel, the Town House Motor Hotel, where she spent the night of March 5. She would have flown out that night, but the weather wasn’t allowing for flights to leave.

Fatefully, Patsy Cline boarded a flight that next day with two other country stars, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. The plane went down outside of Nashville, Tennessee, and the world lost a country music legend.