Sting Saw Three Ships

Here is Sting playing “I Saw Three Ships” with a whole lot of help, performed live at Durham Cathedral in England in 2009. The entire performance is on a DVD cleverly titled “Sting: A Winter’s Night…Live from Durham Cathedral.” The song itself is very old, first printed in the 17th century. The reference to ships is unclear: some postulate it’s the camels the Three Wise Men rode, some suggest it’s referring to King Wenceslas, whose coat of arms includes three galleys, and a third theory is that they refer to the ships which carried the relics of the Biblical Magi to Cologne Cathedral in the 12th century. We’ll probably never know.