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Lyr Req: Ruben James? / Reuben James


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John Wood 10 May 99 - 03:48 PM
Rasta 10 May 99 - 04:30 PM
Sandy Paton 10 May 99 - 04:31 PM
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Subject: Lyrics Req.--Ruben James.
From: John Wood
Date: 10 May 99 - 03:48 PM

Hi Mudcatters.
I know someone out there knows the words to this song!
A friend just rang and asked if I had the words in my archives.....and I don't.
Did a text search on both ``Forum and DB.´´but found nothing.
So Mudcatters it's up to you!

Chorus goes ``What were their names,tell me what were their names, did you have a friend on the good Ruben James?

Greetings John.

PS.Any interesting background history?

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Subject: RE: Lyrics Req.--Ruben James.
From: Rasta
Date: 10 May 99 - 04:30 PM

Hey John if you cant get the words onthe data base you might want to go to (the Kingston trio place) they have almost all the words to everything they ever recorded . just go to lyrics when you get there and its pretty much self explanatory. ---Rastaaaa

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Subject: RE: Lyrics Req.--Ruben James.
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 10 May 99 - 04:31 PM

Search again for [The Sinking of the Reuben James]. It's in the DT. Ain't spelling a pain?


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Subject: Lyr Add: REUBEN JAMES (Almanac Singers)
From: Ross
Date: 10 May 99 - 04:37 PM

The Almanac Singers

Have you heard of the ship called the good Reuben James?
Run by hard fighting men both of honor and of fame.
She flew the Stars and Stripes of the land of the free,
but tonight she's in her grave at the bottom of the sea.

Oh, tell me, what were their names, tell me, what were their names?
Did you have a friend on the good Reuben James? (Repeat chorus)

One hundred men went down to their dark and watery graves.
When that good ship went down, only forty-four were saved.
'Twas the last day of October they saved forty-four
from the dark, icy water of that cold Iceland shore.


It was there in the dark of that cold and watery night.
They watched for the U-boats and they waited for a fight.
Then a whine and a rock and a great explosion's roar.
They lay the Reuben James on that cold ocean floor.


Many years have passed since those brave men are gone.
Those cold, icy waters, they're still and they're calm.
Many years have passed and still I wonder why
the worst of men must fight and the best of men must die!


(From the Kingston Trio Page)

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Subject: RE: Lyrics Req.--Ruben James.
Date: 10 May 99 - 04:41 PM

We had a thread or two on this last year I think. A Forum search should find them. And yes, there was quite a bit about the background to the song. Good luck! - Susanne

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