#01095
The Titanic (Husbands and Wives) MIDI, video
See also: Loss Of The Titanic (Kenneth Peacock)
And also: Titanic (Collected by MacEdward Leach)
#1514: YouTube video by raymondcrooke
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Sung to: The Little Old Cabin In The Lane
by W S Hays [1837-1907]

Oh, they built the ship Titanic
To sail the ocean blue,
And they thought they had a ship
That the water would never go through;
But the Lord's almighty hand,
Said that ship would never land.
It was sad when that great ship went down.

It was sad, It was sad,
It was sad when the great ship went down;
Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives,
It was sad when the great ship went down.

They were off for England
And not very far from shore,
When the rich refused
To associate with the poor;
So they sent them down below,
Where they'd be the first to go.
It was sad when that great ship went down.

It was sad, It was sad,
It was sad when the great ship went down;
Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives,
It was sad when the great ship went down.

The boat was about to sink,
And the sides about to burst,
When the captain shouted,
"All women and children first!."
Oh, the captain tried to wire,
But the wire was on fire.
It was sad when the great ship went down.

It was sad, It was sad,
It was sad when the great ship went down;
Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives,
It was sad when the great ship went down.

Oh, they swung the lifeboats out
O'er the deep and ragin' sea,
When the band struck up with
"Nearer My God to Thee."
Little children wept and cried,
As the waves swept o'er the side.
It was sad when the great ship went down.

It was sad, It was sad,
It was sad when the great ship went down;
Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives,
It was sad when the great ship went down.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of The Titanic [Laws D24] Native American Balladry, p.172 (G Malcolm Laws, 1964/1950) ....####
This is one of many variants about the sinking of The Titanic first recorded by Ernest V Stoneham in 1924.

The video above features a performance by Raymond Crooke of Melbourne, Australia.

A variant was also collected in 1951 from Ned Rice [1916-2002] of Cape Broyle, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as The Loss Of The Titanic in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 3, pp.965-966, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was also sung by Mrs John Powers [born c.1916] of Tors Cove, NL, and published as Titanic in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

From Wikipedia:
The sinking of the RMS Titanic occurred on the night of 14 April through to the morning of 15 April 1912 in the north Atlantic Ocean four days into the ship's maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The largest passenger liner in service at the time, Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg at around 23:40 (ship's time) on Sunday, 14 April 1912. Her sinking two hours and forty minutes later at 02:20 (05:18 GMT) on Monday, 15 April resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, which made it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.


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