Titanic, The – Ledbetter

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It was midnight on the sea.
The band was playing “Nearer my God to Thee.”
Fare thee, Titanic, fare the well.

Titanic when it got its load
Captain hollered, “All Aboard.”
Fare thee, Titanic, fare the well.

Titanic was commin’ round the curve
When it ran into that great iceberg.
Fare thee, Titanic, fare the well.

When the Titanic was sinking down
They had them lifeboats all around
Fare thee, Titanic, fare the well.

They had them lifeboats all around,
Savin’ the women ‘n children, lettin’ the men go down,
Fare thee, Titanic, fare the well.

Jack Johnson wanted to go onboard
Captain he said, “I ain’t haulin’ no coal,”
Fare thee, Titanic, fare the well.

When he heard about that mighty shock,
You mighta seen a man doin’ the Eagle Rock
Fare thee, Titanic, fare the well.

Reference:  Ledbetter, Huddie “Leadbelly”. (1912) “The Titanic”. In Titanica: The Disaster of the Century in Poetry, Song, and Prose by Steven Biel. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 89-90.


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