Songs with Titanic references in them

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Jonathan Granato

Jonathan Granato

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Praise be to Nero's Neptune
The Titanic sails at dawn
And everybody's shouting
"Which Side Are You On?"
And Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot
Fighting in the captain's tower
While calypso singers laugh at them
And fishermen hold flowers
Between the windows of the sea
Where lovely mermaids flow
And nobody has to think too much
About Desolation Row

Bob Dylan
 
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Alex McLean

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USA-Holes by NOFX from their 2006 album Wolves in Wolves' Clothing has some good references to the ship...


"It's like seeing a car crash from inside the car
The driver's got his head craned back he's telling you a joke
You see the bus on collision course
You point your arm and turn your head and wait for the impact

This is the feeling we learn to live with in North America
The morning headlines always accompanied with sweat and nausea
Every week another puzzle piece gets permanently glued into place

We see the iceberg from 15 miles away
The captain orders the ship to "stay the course"
"Full speed ahead" shouts the accurst
The next thing we heard was, "rich women and children first"
The ship is listing, the captain's placing blame on the iceberg
"That berg attacked us, I am declaring war on the Arctic"
Who could ever have predicted the greatest ship could so easily sink (duh)

Lifeboats are useless without rescue
The only ships show up for salvage
When setting sail on the St. Louis
We all knew what consequences could be
With the crew we had at the controls
There's no harbor age for the USA-holes
I doubt there's a benign God to save our souls
Cuz no one else is gonna save the USA-holes"

Ok, so a bit inaccurate by our standards, but a great song none the less
 
Jason D. Tiller

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While this isn't a song per say, as it's a music video; the video to Hang In Long Enough by Phil Collins centres around what is supposed to be Titanic. I'm recalling from memory here, but it starts off with Collins and his band performing the song and before long, the ship strikes the iceberg. Almost immediately, the passengers attempt to evacuate the ship and the only ones left are Collins and his band members, who are still performing with chairs, tables and other objects flying by them. They stay on board until the last minute, hence the title of the song.

At the end, all the band members escape safely and are in a lifeboat, except Collins who is in the water. In the background, it shows the ship going down (I recall the scene from A Night to Remember being used) and then it fades out.
 
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Chris Saklatvala

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I once heard a song, referring to the ice berg that sank the Titanic whose first two lines read something like

"Whatever happened to the ice-berg
My mother was on it you see........"

Does any know of or have the words to this sorrowful song!

Thanks in anticipation
 
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William Ransom

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I've been trying to think of a second song that I had in mind and just remembered it. I strongly dislike country music and only hear it when in the company of certain relatives of mine so I have no idea what the name of the song is or who sings it. All I can say is that it is a contemporary male artist. Although the song never mentions Titanic by name, the one line in the song I am referencing was undoubtedly inspired by Titanic.

"Unsinkable ships sink"

It's a part of the refrain. He goes on to mention other "un"-likely things happening.

This is the only part of the song I remember for obvious reasons. Does anyone know the name of the song/artist???

That's "The Impossible" by Joe Nichols.
 
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Pearlie Girl

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Song: April the 14th by Gillian Welch

"When the iceberg hit,
Oh they must have known,
God moves on the water
Like Casey Jones.

So I walked downtown
On my telephone,
And took a lazy turn
Through the redeye zone.

It was a five-band bill,
A two-dollar show.
I saw the van out in front
From Idaho,

And the girl passed out
In the backseat trash.
There were no way they'd make
Even a half a tank of gas.

They looked sick and stoned
And strangely dressed.
No one showed
From the local press.

But I watched them walk
Through the bottom land,
And I wished that I played
In a rock & roll band.

Hey, hey,
It was the fourteenth day of April.

Well they closed it down,
With the sails in rags.
And I swept up the f~~~
And the local mags.

I threw the plastic cups
In the plastic bags,
And the cooks cleaned the kitchen
With the staggers and the jags.

Ruination day,
And the sky was red.
I went back to work,
And back to bed.

And the iceberg broke,
And the Okies fled,
And the Great Emancipator
Took a bullet in the back of the head..."
 
Christophe Puttemans

Christophe Puttemans

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I never heard about Saxon, but that song sounds good. Especially the third verse appears to reference the Titanic:
We see them now in picture books
Built by you in belfast docks
The greatest ships the world has ever seen

I also know a song about the 1997 film. It's "Leonardo" by the Flemish girl group K3, before they were renewed. I wasn't able to find the lyrics translated to English, but the chorus is something like:
"I am in love with Leonardo, Leonardo DiCaprio.
Take my hand, I wanna dance with ya,
just like on that big boat."
The rest of the lyrics reference the events of the film. This song was released before K3 changed their target audience to young children. I miss the days when they had dirtier lyrics.
 
GERMANICUS

GERMANICUS

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When I was in High school, my music teacher Mr Delaney taught us an old song specifically written about the Titanic.

I only know the first verse and the chorus

I don't know the title of it but it went something like this......

Oh they built the ship Titanic
To sail the ocean blue
And they thought they had a ship
That the water would never go through
But the Lord's almighty hand knew this ship would never land...
It was sad when that great ship went down...

It was sad ( it was sad)
It was sad ( mighty sad)
It was sad when that great ship went down
Husbands and wives
Little children lost their lives
It was sad when that great ship went down
 
GERMANICUS

GERMANICUS

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Yes. That's the correct tune, but the words on the recording don't match the version that our teacher taught us. A bit strange.
 
GERMANICUS

GERMANICUS

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Speaking of tunes, Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember" describes Wallace Hartley's band as mostly playing very lively RAGTIME tunes to keep the atmosphere happy. I only know one ragtime song, Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band", which I'm sure would have been one of the tunes that Hartley got the band to play, but eyewitnesses are silent on exactly what Ragtime was performed.

What do our buffs here think might have been played considering that the instruments of the band were not exactly Ragtime friendly
 
Steve Dunham

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How about 13 pieces of music? The Titanic Requiem by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees and his son RJ. Maybe this is mentioned in another forum somewhere on this site …
 
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Michaela Famfulikova

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Speaking of tunes, Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember" describes Wallace Hartley's band as mostly playing very lively RAGTIME tunes to keep the atmosphere happy. I only know one ragtime song, Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band", which I'm sure would have been one of the tunes that Hartley got the band to play, but eyewitnesses are silent on exactly what Ragtime was performed.

What do our buffs here think might have been played considering that the instruments of the band were not exactly Ragtime friendly
I think had they played ragtimes really, it would have been The Entertainer for sure. Scott Joplin composed it in 1902. Or Maple Leaf Rag, by ditto composer from 1899 .I think even though the instruments were not exactly ragtime friendly, they might have transposed or arranged it for the sake of the ship's orchestra. Though there were some pianos on the ship, but they were not that easy to transport to upper decks in my humble opinion.
 
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