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Irish Rovers, The Titanic

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Published on Feb 20, 2012

The Irish Rovers - The Titanic, written by George Millar
CD: http://goo.gl/PVWN6 on iTunes: http://goo.gl/NRzjb
From the album, Drunken Sailor (Rover Records, 2012)
Video by Jennifer Fahrni

George Millar from CBC Documentary, The Pride of Belfast (also on YouTube), "to me it was saying, that it's almost in the mists of time. It's still out there and it's still pounding across the ocean somewhere."

The Irish Rovers' tribute to the pride of Belfast, the men and boys who built her at Harland and Wolff shipyard, the heroes who sailed her, and the legacy she leaves us today. "Irish pride was at its highest, and the sinking devastated the shipyards, and its workers. To this day they say with a wry smile, "She was alright when she left here!""

The sinking of the RMS Titanic is one of the largest peacetime maritime tragedies in history. The legend of this mighty ship has both intrigued and haunted Rover, George Millar all these years. That may be because he shares his birthday of April 14, with the date the ship hit the iceberg. Titanic met its icy end after midnight (April 15) on her maiden voyage a century ago. For this landmark album, he wrote this tribute to The Titanic. The song gives us a feeling of descending the ocean depths to meet the great ship at her resting place, then she quickly sweeps us away on a journey to her glory days, charging across the high seas. "Being from Northern Ireland and born on April 14th, the legend of the Titanic has been with me all my life. It took the labour of fifteen thousand Irishmen to build her - she was the pride of Belfast," says Millar.

Thanks to Image Sources:
Michael W. Pocock, Maritime Quest - US Library of Congress Archive - Virginian Pilot, Norfolk, VA - The Evening World, New York, NY - The Sun, New York, NY - New York Tribune, New York, NY - The Day Book, Chicago IL - The Times-Dispatch, Richmond VA - The Washington Times - Belfast Telegraph Website, The Belfast Telegraph, Belfast, N. Ireland - National Museums Northern Ireland - Collection Ulster Folk and Transport Museum - Spirit of the Titanic by Nicola Pierce - Titanic Belfast.

LYRICS:
THE TITANIC
by george millar – red maddie music/socan

THIS YEAR, 2012, MARKS THE ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT SHIP TITANIC. SHE WAS BUILT AT THE BELFAST SHIPYARDS, A MONUMENTAL FEAT FOR THE DAY. IRISH PRIDE WAS AT ITS HIGHEST, AND THE SINKING DEVASTATED THE SHIPYARDS, AND ITS WORKERS. TO THIS DAY THEY SAY WITH A WRY SMILE, ‟SHE WAS ALRIGHT WHEN SHE LEFT HERE!ˮ
VERSE 1:
SHE WAS BORN IN BELFAST CITY 1912 IT BEING THE YEAR
IRISH PRIDE WAS IN THE AIR THEIR HEARTS WERE FULL OF CHEER
THE WORLD STOOD IN AMAZEMENT FOR THEY’D NEVER SEEN BEFORE
SUCH A STATELY QUEEN TO RULE THE WAVES AND SAIL FROM SHORE TO SHORE

VERSE 2:
SHE WAS THE GRANDEST OF THEM ALL HER LINES WERE SLEEK AND BOLD
SHE SPARKLED LIKE THE JEWELS BRIGHT A WONDER TO BEHOLD
THE GENTRY SAILED AWAY IN STYLE FINE WINES DID FREELY FLOW
WHILE THE SECOND CLASS IN STEERAGE WERE ALL QUARTERED DOWN BELOW

CHORUS:
ROLL ON TITANIC ROLL, YOU’RE THE PRIDE OF THE WHITE STAR LINE
ROLL ON TITANIC ROLL, INTO THE MISTS OF TIME
ROLL ON TITANIC ROLL, YOU’RE THE PRIDE OF THE WHITE STAR LINE
ROLL ON TITANIC ROLL, INTO THE MISTS OF TIME




VERSE 3:
THE CAPTAIN SAID FULL SPEED AHEAD WE’LL SHOW THE WORLD HER MIGHT
SO KEEP THE BOILERS STOKED ME BOYS WE’LL RACE HER THROUGH THE NIGHT
WE’LL OWN THE FASTEST RECORD FOR THE CROSSING OF THE SEA
AND THE RMS TITANIC SHE’LL GO DOWN IN HISTORY

CHORUS:

VERSE 4:
ON THE 14TH NIGHT OF APRIL WHEN THE SHIP WAS FAR FROM LAND
DREAMS WERE TORN ASUNDER AS CRUEL FATE BROUGHT DOWN HER HAND
TITANIC STRUCK AN ICEBERG AND SHE SLIPPED BENEATH THE WAVES
AND FIFTEEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN SOULS WENT TO THEIR WATERY GRAVE

CHORUS:

VERSE 5:
A HUNDRED YEARS HAVE COME AND GONE AND STILL WE KNOW HER NAME
WHEN A VOYAGE BOUND FOR GLORY TURNED TO TRAGEDY AND SHAME
IT’S A NIGHT TO BE REMEMBERED FOR MAN’S OWN FRAILTY
WHEN THE MIGHTY SHIP TITANIC SANK TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA

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    • The Irish Rovers 50 Years - Vol. 2
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    • TuneCore (on behalf of Rover Records); UMPI, UMPG Publishing, and 3 Music Rights Societies

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