“The Titanic (VI) ("Cold and Icy Sea") (Titanic #6)”


The Titanic sets out from Liverpool and sinks in the cold waters off Newfoundland. The ballad notes how both rich and poor, upper and lower classes, were lost in the disaster


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.

Roud lumps this with The _Titanic_ (V), but I don't see any common elements except the boat.

For 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

Historical references

  • 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.

Cross references

  • cf. all the other Titanic songs (plot)


  • Almeda Riddle, "The Titanic" (on LomaxCD1707)


  1. McNeil-SFB2, p. 103, "The Titanic" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, TITANIC1*
  3. Roud #3525
  4. BI, MN2103


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1951
Keywords: ship wreck disaster death
Found in: US(So)