Titanic - Part I: It Was Sad When the Great Ship Went Down

As you probably know/have heard, this week marks the 100th Anniversary of the RMS Titanic setting sail on April 10, 1912. On April 14th it hit an iceberg and sunk a little after 2:00 a.m. on April 15th.

My husband and I have been recording and watching almost every documentary about the Titanic we can find on TV this week and there are plenty to choose from. We especially enjoyed Titanic with Len Goodman (yes, the head judge on Dancing with the Stars) that aired on PBS last night. My mom had tipped us off that according to an article in the New York Times that it was said to be the best of the bunch. We also watched one earlier this evening with our son that ran on the National Geographic Channel Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard (he was part of the expedition team that discovered the remains of Titanic in 1985).

RMS Titanic

I have been intrigued and fascinated by the story of the Titanic, learning about the passengers and their fate for as long as I can remember.

As I will share in my next post, in eighth grade one of my friends and I did a big research project about the Titanic. Working on our "exploration" project about the Titanic is still one of my favorite memories of learning and school during my teenage years.

One of my earliest memories related to Titanic was learning a song at YMCA Camp Echo in Fremont, MI which I attended for two weeks every summer (except for one) from 1986 - 1992 (the summer before 6th grade through the summer before my senior year in high school).

When I think back I can usually call the chorus and some of the verses to mind, but when I started writing this post I was not able to remember all of the words. So I Googled the lyrics and was surprised and interested to find all the variations that exist. I had to combine the lyrics from a few different versions to get what I recall being taught and singing at Camp Echo many years ago.

So though of course I find the tragedy of the Titanic to be very sad, I also appreciate being able to find comic relief in the midst of sorrow. I hope no one takes offense to the lyrics of this song and sees the good fun that I believe they were intended to be when they were written.

I plan to write another post about the Titanic in the coming days and possibly more than one.

In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers are with the descendents of those whose lives were ended and/or touched by Titanic's fate. It was definitely "sad when the great ship went down."

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The Titanic

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 will never land,
It was sad when the great ship went down.

Chorus:
Oh, it was sad, so sad,
It was sad, too bad!

It was sad when the great ship went down
To the bottom of the sea-ea-ea-ea
(Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives)
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.

Chorus

The boat was about to sink,
And the sides about to burst,
When the captain shouted,
“Women and children first!”
The captain tried to wire,
But the lines were all on fire,
It was sad when the great ship went down.

Chorus

Oh, they swung the lifeboats out
O’er the deep and raging 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.

Chorus

Oh, the moral of this story
Is very clear to see.
Always wear a life-preserver
When you go out to sea!
So if your ship goes down,
You will never, ever drown,
It was sad when the great ship went down.

Chorus

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Have you heard and/or sung this song about the Titanic before?

What early memories do you have related to the Titanic?

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Cross-posted on my blog: Bereaved and Blessed.

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