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Sing Along Custom Instrumental MP3 Songs and Music From The Titanic Era

First and Second Class Passenger Songs

The musicians on board Titanic had to memorize and play by heart a large body of 
musical numbers listed in the White Star Line Music Repertoire book.
This section of Melody Lane is dedicated to their memory:
  none of them survived the sinking.

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Songe D'Automne - Valse

Music by Archibald Joyce
Publication: Francis, Day, and Hunter (1908)
Song #137 in the White Star Line Repertoire
Possibly the last song played on the Titanic by the band,
and most probably "The Last Waltz"
Custom Melody Lane MP3 - Instrumental Dedicatory

Nearer My God To Thee

Eyewitnesses claimed the musicians played this hymn, but which
version was played is in question.
Which would Mr. Wallace Hartley, band leader, have called for?
His family believed version two, and were so convinced, they
had it engraved on his tombstone.
3 MP3 Files for 3 Different Versions

Eternal Father, Strong To Save

"The Navy Hymn - For Those In Peril On The Sea"
Sung at the afternoon worship service on Titanic, April 14th, 1912
Lyrics: William Whiting, 1860
Music: “Melita,” John Bacchus Dykes, 1860
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Somewhere A Voice Is Calling

Words by Eileen Newton. Music by Arthur F. Tate.
Publication: New York: T.B. Harms & Francis, Day & Hunter, 
62-64 W. 45th St., (1911)
A brand new organ was lost when the Titanic went down; 
this song would have sounded wonderful on it. 
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Mon Coeur S'Ouvre A Ta Voix
(My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice) 

From The Opera Samson and Delilah
By Camille Saint-Saens (1877) 
Song #27 in the White Star Repertoire
This haunting song of a tragic, doomed love
somehow seems a fitting number for the Titanic...
though I am sure they didn't think of it as an omen at the time.
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In The Shadows

Music by Herman Finck, Words by E. Ray Goetz
Publication: Hawkes and Son (1911)
Aristocratic dance number with lyrics; perfect for First Class Passengers
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The Glow Worm

From "Lysistrata"
Music by Paul Lincke
Original Lyric by Lilla Cayley Robinson (1907)
"Follow..." to Song #140 in the White Star Line Music Book
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Asleep In The Deep

Words by A.J. Lamb. Music by H.W. Petrie.
     Publication: New York: F.A. Mills, 721 Seventh Ave., 1897
One of those songs you know you've heard before, but can't remember where;
it is a wonderfully dramatic solo for the baritone voice. This song foreshadows
the great shipwrecks of the early 20th century, including the Titanic
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White Wings

Words and Music by Banks Winter (1912)
Lilting song of the sea, based on a popular novel by the same name from the 1800's.
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The Band Played Nearer My God To Thee
As The Ship Went Down

Words by Mark Bram and Music by Harold Jones
Publication: The Joe Morris Music Co. New York, 1912
A haunting song written after the sinking paying homage to the ship's heroes
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Other Operatic Fare That The Musicians Would Have Played In First & Second Class

Number 59 in the WSL Repertoire: Verdi's Il Trovatore

Number 60 in the WSL Repertoire: Selections from Verdi's Rigoletto

Number 63 in the WSL Repertoire: Selections from Puccini's La Boheme

Number 65 in the WSL Repertoire: Selections from Gilbert and Sullivan's Operetta 
The Pirates of Penzance

I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General

Poor Wandering One!

Number 71 in the WSL Repertoire: Offenbach's Les Contes D'Hoffman

Number 84 in the WSL Repertoire: Pizzicato from Leo Delibes' Sylvia

Third Class Passenger Songs

Many third class passengers brought their own instruments
and played the current popular songs to pass the time away in steerage; 
this page showcases these types of songs.

Knock'd 'Em In The Old Kent Road

Words and Music by English Music Hall Performer Albert Chevalier, 
and his brother-in-law Charles Ingle (undated, probably 1890's)
Great turn of the century British music hall number, heard in several films, 
including the Shirley Temple Arthur Treacher 1939 film The Little Princess
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My Old Dutch

Words by Albert Chevalier & Music by Charles Ingle (1892)
Sentimental and touching tribute to marital longevity and fidelity
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The Man That Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo

Words and Music by Fred Gilbert (1892)
English Music Hall performer Charles Coborn's biggest hit song,
still remembered fondly to this day.
Melody Lane MP3 and Vintage Performance in MP3 by Charles Coborn

Two Lovely Black Eyes

Words and Music by Charles Coborn 
Publication: London: Francis Bros. & Day  (1886) 
A delightful and funny song about "discussing" politics,
written and performed by the famous British Music Hall star Charles Coborn.
This song was changed a bit musically by Charles from an earlier tune 
called My Nellie's Blue Eyes (1883), and new lyrics written.
Melody Lane MP3 and Vintage Performance in MP3 by Charles Coborn


I Live In Trafalgar Square

Words and Music by C.S. Murphy
Publication: Francis, Day and Hunter, Ltd. (1902)
Or otherwise titled: "How To Make The Best Of Homelessness"
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I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Written and Composed by John H. Glover-Kind
Publication: B. Feldman and Co., London, England (1907)
A perennial British favorite; lots of fun to sing. 
Made Famous by Mark Sheridan of Wibbely Wobbely Walk Fame
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I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy

Written by Charles Ridgewell and George Stevens
Publication: Francis, Day and Hunter, Ltd., London, England (1910)
This is a very funny song about a proverbial wimp...if you know a fellow
like this, you have my sympathies :)
Made Famous by Jack Pleasants
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The Boy In The Gallery

Words and Music by George Ware
Publication: Ascherberg, Hopwood, and Crew Ltd., London (1885)
Popular English Music Hall number
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The Man on the Flying Trapeze

Words by George Leybourne; Music by Alfred Lee.
    Publication: New York: C.H. Ditson & Co., 711 Broadway, (1868)
A landmark song of the early English music hall days
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Come Josephine, In My Flying Machine

Words by Alfred Bryan; Music by Fred Fischer.
Publication: New York: Shapiro Music Publisher,
 Cor. Broadway & Thirty Ninth Street, (1910)
Popular again because the characters of Rose and Jack
 sang it in the James Cameron film Titanic.
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Silverheels

Intermezzo - Two Step (1905)
Music by Neil Moret
Poem by James O'Dea
 Publication: Jerome H. Remick & Co., Detroit - NY
At the turn of the 19th to 20th century, a plethora
of Indian themes hit the sheet music industry. I wasn't really sure
what the appeal was to them....until I heard songs as cute as this one.
My two youngest children love to dance to this song, so this is for them.
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I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard

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Written by Philip Wingate and H.W. Petrie (1894)
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Are We To Part Like This?

By Harry Casling and Charles Collins
Publication: B. Feldman & Co., Ltd.  (1912)
Great torch number from the English music hall days
This song has the most bittersweet lyrics I've ever read
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