"Ferry Cross the Mersey" (sometimes written Ferry 'Cross the Mersey) is a song written by Gerry Marsden. It was first recorded by his band Gerry and the Pacemakers and released in late 1964 in the UK and in 1965 in the United States. It was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number six in the United States[2] and number eight in the UK.[3] The song is from the film with the same name and was released on its soundtrack album. In the mid-1990s a musical theatre production also titled Ferry Cross the Mersey related Gerry Marsden's Merseybeat days; it premiered in Liverpool and played in the UK, Australia, and Canada.


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Song title and lyrics[edit]Edit

[2][3]MV Royal Daffodil atSeacombe Pier

"Mersey" refers to the River Mersey in northwest England, a river that flows into the Irish Sea at Liverpool.

The song is often misspelled as "Ferry 'Cross the Mersey", but according to the song's lyrics, the track is correctly titled "Ferry Cross the Mersey". "Cross" is not a contraction of "Across" but an imperative - "Ferry, cross The Mersey." The Mersey Ferry runs between Liverpool and Birkenhead and Seacombe on the Wirral.

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1965) Peak


UK Singles Chart[3] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 6

Charity record for The Hillsborough Disaster Fund[edit]Edit

In May 1989, a charity version of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" was released in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool fans the previous month (a 96th died in 1993 as a consequence of that disaster). The song was recorded by Liverpool artists The ChristiansHolly JohnsonPaul McCartney, Gerry Marsden and Stock Aitken Waterman. The single held the #1 spot in the UK chart for three weeks.[4]

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1989) Peak


UK Singles Chart[4] 1
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[5] 45
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 15
Dutch GfK chart[7] 21
Dutch Top 40[8] 20
German Singles Chart[9] 5
Irish Singles Chart[10] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[11] 4
Swiss Singles Chart[12] 11
Preceded by

"Hand on Your Heart" by Kylie Minogue[13][14]

UK number-one single

20 May 1989[4] (3 weeks)

Succeeded by

"Sealed With a Kiss" by Jason Donovan[15]

Ireland number-one single

18 May 1989[14] (2 weeks)

Succeeded by

"Heart & Soul" by No Sweat[14]

Other cover versions[edit]Edit

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