Titanic (VII), The ("As the Moon Rose in Glory/Gone to Rest/The Watchman") (Titanic #7)
DESCRIPTION: "As the moon rose in glory... She told her sad, sad story / Sixteen hundred had gone to rest." A watchman dreams of the Titanic's fate, but cannot get anyone to save the ship or even their families. The widows and orphans are left mourning
AUTHOR: Seth Newton Mize
EARLIEST DATE: 1930 (recording, Darby & Tarlton)
KEYWORDS: ship wreck family disaster death
April 14/15, 1912 - Shortly before midnight, ship's time, the Titanic strikes an iceberg and begins to sink. Only 711 survivors are found of 2224 people believed to have been aboard.
FOUND IN: US(Ap,So)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Boswell/Wolfe 35, pp. 62-64, "The TItanic (As The Moon Rose in Glory") (1 text, 1 tune)
McNeil-SFB2, p. 105, "The Titanic" (1 text, 1 tune)
Carter Family, "The Titanic" (Acme 1000-B, mid-1950s)
New Lost City Ramblers, "The Titanic" (on NLCR14, NLCRCD2)
cf. all the other Titanic songs (plot)
NOTES: Despite this song (and other folklore), the band on the Titanic did NOT play "Nearer My God to Thee" as the ship sank. Instead, they played light music to prevent panic.
Characteristic of this song is the mention of plans to "raise the Titanic someday. There have been many suggestions to do this, including a movie. For discussion of this, plus an extensive history of the Titanic with detailed examination of the truth (or lack thereof) of quotes in the Titanic songs, see the notes to "The Titanic (XV)" ("On the tenth day of April 1912") (Titanic #15) - RBW
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