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Artist: The Kingston Trio
Album: Ruben James

Ruben James*
The Kingston Trio

Did not chart, but they included it on their 1961 LP "Close Up"
Written by Alex Harvey and Barry Etris
NOT to be confused with a totally different song with the same title by Kenny
Rogers and the First Edition in 1969

Have you heard of the ship called "The Good Ruben James?"
Armed 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 Ruben James?
Oh, tell me what were their names?, tell me what were their names?
Did you have a friend on The Good Ruben James?

One hundred men went down to their dark and watery grave
When that good ship went down, only forty-four were saved
Was the last day of October, they saved forty-four
From the dark, icy waters of that cold Iceland shore


It was there in the dark of 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's roar
They laid the Ruben James on the 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


*TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: This is a true story. The Ruben James (sometimes
spelled "Reuben") was the first American ship lost in World War 2.


by ike on 7/20/2012 11:13pm
The song "The Ruben James" was written by Woody Guthrie after the sinking of that ship by a German submarine a few weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor

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