“The Titanic (VII) ("As the Moon Rose in Glory/Gone to Rest/The Watchman") (Titanic #7)”


"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


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.

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Historical references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)


  • Carter Family, "The Titanic" (Acme 1000-B, mid-1950s)
  • New Lost City Ramblers, "The Titanic" (on NLCR14, NLCRCD2)


  1. McNeil-SFB2, p. 105, "The Titanic" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, TITANIC3*
  3. Roud #4779
  4. BI, MN2105


Author: Seth Newton Mize
Earliest date: 1930 (recording, Darby & Tarlton)
Found in: US(Ap,So)