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Chorus: God moved on de waters, God moved on de waters, God moved on de waters, An' de people had to run an' pray.
While the guards who had been watchin',
Were asleep fo' dey was tired, Dey heard de great excitement, An' many guns was fired. Chorus:
Some people had to leabe dey happy homes,
An' all dat dey possessed. Lawd Jesus, will you hear us,
Hear us in our distress? Chorus:
When de captain gib his orders,
It was women an' children first; Many lifeboats was let down,
An' many Hbes was crushed. Chorus:
Some women had to leave dey loved ones,
A n' flee fo' de safest place. But when dey seen dey loved ones drown, Dey hearts did almost break. Chorus:
The survivors in general did escape to de Ian',
Dey lives dey tried to save. But de torture an' de price dey paid fo' life Is a warnin' to ebery man brave. Chorus:
Watchers' hearts on de boats was touched,
An' dey eyes was moved to tears, When widows inquired ob dey loved ones, Wid no thin' in dey hearts but fears. Chorus:
Itfs bes' to stay away fum de ocean,
De dry ol' Ian' am de best Fo' den you don't get drownded, When you lay down to rest. Chorus:

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