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Oh, they built the ship Titanic, to sail the ocean blue
And they thought they had a ship that the water wouldn't go through
But the good Lord raised His hand, said the ship would never land
It was sad when the great ship went down.

Chorus: Oh, it was sad, so sad
It was sad when the great ship went down
To the bottom of the sea
(Uncle's, Aunts little children lost their pants)
It was sad when the great ship went down.

O they were not far from shore when they heard that mighty roar
And the rich refused to associate with the poor.
So they put them down below where they'd be the first to go
It was sad when the great ship went down. .


The California not a dozen miles away
never heard the SOS 'cus the crew had hit the hay
Captian and crew never knew that ship was through
It was sad when the great ship went down. .


The moral of this story is very play to see
Always wear a life preserver whenever you're at sea
Uncles and Aunts, little Chilren Lost there pants
It was sad when the great ship when down. .


Ker plunk it sunk! what a rotten piece of junk!
Double Bubble, You're in trouble
The end. Amen!

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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.

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Barb, United States

16 April 2012 at 3:02am

Another verse I'd learned as a child: Lady Astor turned around as she saw her husband drown and the ship bgan to make a gurgling sound, so she wrapped herself in mink as the ship began to sink....it was sad....

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April, Canada

16 April 2012 at 2:10am

Alternative Verse: Oh, they built the ship Titanic, to sail the ocean blue And they thought they had a ship that the water wouldn't go through But they christened it with beer and it sank right of the peer It was sad when the great ship went down.

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Amanda, Canada

13 April 2012 at 6:14pm

I thought this would be a great way to help the younger children understand Titanic. Also the children love to sing so better to sing a child's song on a topic then Hey Diddle Diddle, when your topic is Titanic

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Msp, United Kingdom

21 March 2012 at 8:19pm

hay gess what i am rose ashleigh and charlotte cool a well thats not why i am here i am here to say that if you are a kid go on movie star planet its fun as hell well go on do it and dont tell your mums just trying to get the word out thare thats all

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Charlott, France

21 March 2012 at 8:15pm

bongoor gootan tag he he well like this song it macks me happy and it macks me think of the sun thats nicie not bad

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Rose, United States

21 March 2012 at 8:12pm

hi yall i like this song its good well have a good day yall

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Ashleigh, United Kingdom

21 March 2012 at 8:11pm

cool i have a progecd at school thats titanic i love this song to la la la .....but its sad :( wa wa wa wa wa

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Tyra, United States

6 March 2012 at 11:24pm

i just cant stand the sad moive its so sad that the next time youll be crying and it is a verry verry good moive.

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Rod, United States

31 January 2012 at 3:37pm

Here's a verse i heard from some friends: In the bar sat Nellie King With her 24 carat ring And in her hand she held A lukewarm Singapore Sling She said "I need some ice" Through the porthole came a slice It was sad when that great ship went down

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Maddie, Canada

24 November 2011 at 12:53pm

cool some parts wern't the same but you know

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Alex, Canada

27 June 2011 at 5:47pm

I remember the end as 'kerplunk, it sunk, what a crappy piece of junk, P.U. it stunk, made in Japan.

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Jackie, United States

22 April 2011 at 1:10pm

I learned the last verse as: "Oh, the moral of the story, as you can plainly see Is to where your PFD when you go out to see The Titanic never made it across the ocean blue It was sad when the great ship went down..."

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Rebekah Maxner, Canada

20 February 2011 at 8:16pm

"Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives" is original, and "Uncles and Aunts, little children lost their pants" is a variant, and should be included in the alternative lyrics section.

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Zippy, Directly Above The Center Of The Earth

3 September 2010 at 9:14pm

Uncles and Aunts, little children *wet* their pants...

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Darren, Wpg , Canada

7 May 2010 at 6:45pm

The chorus is wrong, slightly, "husbands and wives, little children lost their lives, it was sad when that great ship went down". I also learned it with the alternate lyrics, but this pants business... thats a new one on me.

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Elaine, Stranraer, Scotland

16 February 2010 at 11:28am

great song, where would i get sheet music or a cd?

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Roberto, Temple Hills, Md

24 June 2009 at 5:50pm

this is the best sad story i have ever herd one of the things us the people can't do is know what the nature will do to us.

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Alia, Gainesville

23 April 2009 at 1:45am

The alternate lyrics are the way I learned it

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David, Detroit, Mi

30 January 2009 at 4:28am

Pretty cheerful song for a very ugly night.

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