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Song Parodies -> "Wreck of the RMS Titanic"

Original Song Title:

"Wreck of the Old 97"

Original Performer:

Johnny Cash

Parody Song Title:

"Wreck of the RMS Titanic"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

Well, they gave him his orders at Queenstown, in Ireland,
saying “Ed, you are way behind the time –
this is not Mauretania, this is bold, new Titanic
you must win Blue Riband to White Star Line”

Then he turned around and said his boss, J. Bruce Ismay
“I’ll have shoveled on a little more coal
When we cross that wide North Atlantic
you can see our bold Titanic roll”

It’s a mighty long route from Queenstown to New York
it was Great Circle Route she was on
there was iceberg hazard at Northern Atlantic
and a warning had already come

She was steaming in the night making twenty miles an hour
when her lookout yelled “Iceberg ahead!”
it was on that berg that she collided her starboard:
see what a breach it made!

And an SOS was sent calling all ships around her
and this is how it read:
“Oh our brave ship is doomed, we are sinking, going under”
That night claimed thousand five hundred dead

So all you ship owners, you’d better take this warning
from this time now on and learn
Never hassle with the work of commanding ship’s master
Risk is too big you’ll never return!

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Michael Pacholek - August 31, 2011 - Report this comment
A little early for the centennial (next April 14), but a lot more effective than the ship in question.
Patrick - August 31, 2011 - Report this comment
I saw the Titanic exhibit when it came through Kansas City a few years ago. Everyone was given a ticket with the name of a passenger. At the end you could see a list with that passenger's fate. I was a drowned Englishman. Which is disturbing in more ways than one.
Rob Arndt - August 31, 2011 - Report this comment
Nice work Susanna, 555... but when will anyone tell of the greatest maritime disaster- the Wilhelm Gustloff??? I have all the facts down easily, but lack a song...
Susanna Viljanen - August 31, 2011 - Report this comment
Rob, I have done it some time ago, with name "Wreck of M/S Wilhelm Gustloff". Yup, I used the melody of "Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald" as the basis. The Gustloff tragedy is well known here at Baltic, but sadly little known elsewhere.
Susanna Viljanen - August 31, 2011 - Report this comment
Rob, you might use the "Wreck of Old 97" as the basis. If you do not know the original song, you can find it in the YouTube. The Johnny Cash version of 1969, recorded in San Quentin prison, is IMO the best version.
Rob Arndt - August 31, 2011 - Report this comment
TY Susanna for the ideas... but for now I will probably do a song about Hitler's yacht Aviso Grille or Himmler's aborted light carrier proposal- KMS Lemuria (although not a KM ship).
"Ironball" Ike - August 31, 2011 - Report this comment
Missy, could you do one on the SS Andrea Doria? She sunk on my wife's Birthday. Be grateful if you did.
Susanna Viljanen - September 01, 2011 - Report this comment
II, thanks for the idea! If I come by with a good song, I sure will do - that disaster is a hallmark of maritime incompetence and bad luck.
Rob Arndt - September 03, 2011 - Report this comment
Just for you Susanna:

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