Down With the Old Canoe

This song can be heard here or via the youtube video, below:

Performances

The Dixon Brothers (Dorsey and Howard Dixon)

Lyrics

It was twenty five years ago,
When the wings of death came low,
And spread out on the ocean far and wide.
A great ship sailed away
With her passengers so gay,
To never, never reach the other side.

[Chorus]
Sailing out to win her fame,
The Titanic was her name.
When she had sailed five hundred miles from shore,
Many passengers and her crew,
Went down with that old canoe.
They all went down to never ride no more.

This great ship was built by man,
This is why she could not stand.
She could not sink was the cry from one and all.
But an iceberg ripped her side,
And he cut down all her pride.
They bound the hand of God was in it all.

[Chorus]
Sailing out to win her fame,
The Titanic was her name.
When she had sailed five hundred miles from shore,
Many passengers and her crew,
Went down with that old canoe.
They all went down to never ride no more.

Your Titanic sails today,
On my sea or far away,
But Jesus Christ can take you safely through.
Just obey his great command,
Know for sure you’ll save the land,
You’ll never go down with that old canoe.

[Chorus]
Sailing out to win her fame,
The Titanic was her name.
When she had sailed five hundred miles from shore,
Many passengers and her crew,
Went down with that old canoe.
They all went down to never ride no more.

When you think that you are wise,
Then you need not be surprised,
If the hand of God should stop you on life’s sea.
If you go on in your sin,
You will find out in the end,
That you are just as foolish as can be.

[Chorus]
Sailing out to win her fame,
The Titanic was her name.
When she had sailed five hundred miles from shore,
Many passengers and her crew,
Went down with that old canoe.
They all went down to never ride no more.

Source: Dixon Brothers, The. 1938. “Down With the Old Canoe.” On People Take Warning: Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs, 1913-1938, disc 1, Man vs. Machine. Fontana Distribution TSQ1875, 2012, compact disc.


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