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When That Great Ship Went Down
William & Versey Smith Lyrics


On a Monday morning, just about nine o'clock
Great Titanic began to reel and rock
Children weepin' and cry
"Yes, I'm going to die!"

Wasn't it sad when that great ship went down?
Sad when that great ship went down
Sad when that great ship went down
Husbands and wives. Children lost their lives
Wasn't it sad when that great ship went down?

When that ship left England, making for the shore
The rich had declared that they would not ride with the poor
Put the poor below
Where first they had to go

Wasn't it sad when that great ship went down?
Sad when that great ship went down
Sad when that great ship went down
Husbands and wives. Children lost their lives
Wasn't it sad when that great ship went down?

When that ship left England, making for the shore
The rich had declared that they would not ride with the poor
Put the poor below
Where first he had to go

Wasn't it sad when that great ship went down?
Sad when that great ship went down
Sad when that great ship went down
Husbands and wives. Children lost their lives
Wasn't it sad when that great ship went down?

People on that ship, long ways from home
Friends all around, didn't know the time had come
Death come riding by
Sixteen hundred had to die

Wasn't it sad when that great ship went down?
Sad when that great ship went down
Sad when that great ship went down
Husbands and wives. Children lost their lives
Wasn't it sad when that great ship went down?

People on that ship, long ways from home
Friends all around, didn't know the time had come
Death come riding by
Sixteen hundred had to die

Wasn't it sad when that great ship went down?
Sad when that great ship went down
Sad when that great ship went down
Husbands and wives. Children lost their lives
Wasn't it sad when that great ship went down?

While they was building, said what they would do
Now they would build a ship that water can't come through
(Unintelligible)
Wasn't it sad when that great ship when down?

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Comments from YouTube:

Brian Prioleau

They keep telling me how sad it is, but the song just makes me want to dance.  The percussion is having so much fun back there.

John Hoffman

My favorite song. When I first heard it the hairs on the back of my neck stood out. My teacher, Hank Sapoznik told us it was recorded in a Wisconsin furniture store. He explained that during that era those stores sold victrolas and so occasionally songs were recorded inside the stores.

L. Bolton

Wonderful.  Reminds me of Blind Willie Johnson's songs.

zenomaxable

One of my favourites of Harry Smith's great collection.

Cora Visser

This is incredible played where do find this music here on this site.Thank you so much.

Samuel Peregrino

Uau! very cool!

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