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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!

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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