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Thread #11914   Message #90875
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29-Jun-99 - 10:06 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Fare thee well Titanic, fare thee well
Subject: Fare thee well Titanic, fare thee well
I hope that someone can help me! I have been looking for a song that was played over 20 years ago on a late-night radio show out of Little Rock, Arkansas. The song is (as I recall, filtered through memory) a fairly humorous one about one Jack Johnson, who was refused a ticket on the maiden voyage of the Titanic because he was black ("this ship don't carry no coal"). Jack manages to stow away on board with a length of the "best hempen rope" as his only provision, and, thorough judicious use of said rope, rescued himself (although I cannot for the life of me remember how). I don't remember much of the lyrics, and I don't think I ever knew who performed the song. All I do remember is that it perked my night up to a considerable extent, and I have been searching for this song's lyrics off and on ever since, to no avail. Had I not independent verification of the song, I might almost be presuaded that I had imagined it. This is a long-shot for me--I'm sure that I'll never be able to find my way back to this lyrics forum again--but sometimes longshots do work out. Thanks for your help!