The Sinking of the Reuben James

02:54
Rich Chambers
2008-02-22
Words and Music: W.Guthrie

Lyrics

Have you heard of the ship called the good Reuben James? Run by hard fighting men, of both honour 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 Rueben James? Oh tell me what were their names? Tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James? One hundred men went down to their dark and watery grave, When that good ship went down, only forty-four were saved. On the last day of October, they saved forty-four, From the dark icy waters of that cold Iceland shore. Oh tell me what were their names, tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James? Oh tell me what were their names? Tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James? It was there in the dark on that cold and watery night, They watched for the U-Boat and they waited for a fight, Then a whine and a rock and a great explosion roared, They laid the Reuben James on the cold ocean floor. Oh tell me what were their names, tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James? Oh tell me what were their names? Tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James? 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. Oh tell me what were their names, tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James? Oh tell me what were their names? Tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James?