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Singing the Titanic Blues

Thursday, April 12, 2012

100 years ago today, the Titanic was in the midst of its ill-fated voyage across the Atlantic. As the centennial of the ship sinking disaster approaches, we listen back to songs inspired by the event - from Blind Willie Johnson's "God Moves On The Water" to the Dixon Brothers' "Down With The Old Canoe." Joining us to discuss is Grammy-winning engineer and producer of the "People Take Warning" compilation set, Christopher King.

Listeners: What's your favorite Titanic-related song? Leave your suggestion below.


Christopher King

Comments [4]

Annette from New York City

The Sinking of the Titanic song in the 60's was done by Jamie Brockett. It was done as an up beat ballad.

Apr. 12 2012 02:59 PM
betsy from Brooklyn, nY

We sang the song you just played (the Camp Monahan clip) at my camp, too, which was in Ivoryton, CT... only we added additional lyrics, the cleanest of which was: "so they built another ship, and they named it Mickey Mouse/and they named it that 'cause the captain was a louse/and they christened it with beer/and it sank right off the pier/Oh! It was sad when the great ship went down..." All this at an Episcopal camp. I should add that several of us have found ourselves crooning more melodic versions of this to our newborns in recent years (to the confusion/horror of our spouses)!

Apr. 12 2012 02:51 PM
doug from Cambridge, MA

How about Legend of the Titanic by Jamie Brockett?

Apr. 12 2012 02:50 PM
Amy Braunstein from New Brunswick NJ

My grandma has always loved Roy Acuff's song The Great Titanic. The chorus goes "husbands and their wives, little children lost their lives, it was sad when that great ship went down", and the verses touch on the way the poor were locked below deck once the ship began to sink. Heres a link to the song on youtube

Apr. 12 2012 01:22 PM

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