Information About Titanic
"The Titanic" is an old folk song best known for being sung in summer camps across the United States. "The Titanic" refers to the events of the sinking of the ship RMS Titanic which sank on April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg.
"The Titanic" has been traced back to 1915 or 1916 in Alabama according to Newman I. White's 1928 book "American Negro Folk-Song". There have been several regional variations on the song".
Early recordings include Ernest Stoneman's "The Titanic" from 1924 and William and Versey Smith's "When That Great Ship Went Down" from 1927.
Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs
A BusSongs. com fan wrote in to tell us about this extra verse that is sung at camp:
Well, the Captain stood on deck with a teardrop in his eye
As he watched the last boat out, he waved them all goodbye
He went down with the ship to the bottom of the sea
Oh it was sad when the great ship went down.
It was sad, so sad. .
We have some more verses of the song
They were putting life boats out on the dark and story sea, as the band struck up with "Oh Lord my God to thee", Oh the captain tried to wire, but he found the wire on fire, It was sad, when the great ship went down.
The captain stood on deck, with a tear drop in his eye, as he watched the last lifeboat, go over the side, He thought he made a slip, so he went down with his ship. It was sad, when the great ship went down.