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V* Disasters
For songs concerning this marine disaster see Henry, pp. 88-89, and JAFL, XLIV, 111-112. These are so different from the Michigan text and from one another as to indicate that each has come from a different source.
The present text was communicated in 1931 by Miss Ruth Hershman, Wayne University, Detroit, who obtained the song from Miss Madeline Baker, also of Wayne University.
1    The Titanic left Southampton With all its sports and gang; When they struck the iceberg,
I know their mind was changed.
Many hearts surrendered to the shipwreck; On the sea many hearts surrendered, Crying, "Nearer, my God, to Thee."
2   The fourteenth day of April, Nineteen hundred and twelve, The ship wrecked by the iceberg Went down forever to dwell.
3   The story of the shipwreck Is most too sad to tell;
One thousand and six hundred Went down forever to dwell.
4   Mothers told their daughters
On a pleasure trip they might go; But since they struck the iceberg, They haven't been seen any more.
5   A man, John Jacob Astor,
A man with pluck and brains,
When that great ship was going down,
All the women he tried to save.

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