Kenny Rogers - Reuben James - Bueno... otra de mis favoritas, así que porque no hacer mi propio video.
Comment and vote, folks! Lyrics: Have you heard of the ship called the good Reuben James? And 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. Tell me what were their names, tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James? 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 fourty-four were saved. Was the last day of October, they saved fourty-four, From the cold icy waters by the cold Iceland shore. Tell me what were their names, tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James? 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 of that uncertain night, They watched for the U-Boat and waited for a fight, Then a whine and a rock and a great explosion roared, And they lay the Reuben James on the cold ocean floor. Tell me what were their names, tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James? What were their names? Tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James? Well, many years have passed since those brave men are gone, In those cold icy waters, now they're still and they're calm, Many years have passed, but still I wonder why, The worst of men must fight and the best of men must die. Tell me what were their names, tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James? What were their names? Tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James? What were their names? Tell me what were their names? Did you have a friend on the good Rueben James?
Folk song about the first American ship sunk in World War II. http://ondeafears.com The USS Reuben James was the first American ship sunk in World War II, on October 31, 1941. Although the United States was officially neutral at the time, President Roosevelt had ordered the Navy to provide support to the United Kingdom in her fight against Nazi Germany. The Reuben James was escorting military material when she was torpedoed by a German submarine. Woody Guthrie, at the time singing with Pete Seeger in the Almanac Singers, wrote "The Sinking of the Reuben James" (also known as simply "Reuben James") immediately thereafter. While the song sounds like a rousing patriotic anthem, it's worth noting that both Seeger and Guthrie were pro-Soviet Communists and were opposed to U.S. involvement in World War II, until Hitler's betrayal of Stalin caused them to shift their views 180 degrees and support U.S. intervention. Had the sinking happened prior to the dissolution of the Hitler-Stalin pact, it is quite likely that no song at all would have been written, or, if one had, the sentiments expressed would have been quite different. The verses are to the tune of "Wildwood Flower," most famously recorded by the Carter Family, and the chorus is original to Guthrie. This version is by the Kingston Trio. Some folk music fans do not like the Kingston Trio, quite possibly simply a backlash against the massive popularity they enjoyed in the late 1950s to mid-1960s. I'm no expert on folk and no purist--all I know is that they sing great together and that there is a lot of power in those guitars and vocals--"Reuben James" sounds great. I threw this one together myself. The song famously asks, "What were their names?" I've answered that.
Ruben James By Kenny Rogers
Arguably the best vocal group of the popular folk revival of the late 1950s through the mid 1960s was the Chad Mitchell Trio. Each member of the group - Chad Mitchell, Mike Kobluk, and Joe Frazier - was a formally trained singer with chorale/vocal experience prior to their assembling as a trio. They received the most notice for their trenchant satirical and political songs, and for introducing the compositions of songwriter Tom Paxton to a wide audience. But the CMT also had a wonderful way with traditional folk material, as this rendition of the Woody Guthrie classic set to "Wildwood Flower" stirringly attests. Kobluk, Mitchell, and Frazier still do concerts and recordings as of 2009, one of the few groups from that era that still performs with its original members. A complete discussion of the song with other recorded versions appears in the blog associated with this YT channel, Comparative Video 101, here: http://compvid101.blogspot.com/2009/01/what-were-their-names-woody-guthries.html
Another great track from the 1970 album "Hello Darlin'".
The second troupe of the original Kingston Trio consisted of founders Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds with John Stewart added to replace departing founder Dave Guard. In 1981, twenty years after Guard left, both configurations joined the then-touring company of the KT for a reunion concert now legendary among that group's fans. The Shane/Reynolds/Stewart trio opens its set here with "The Sinking Of The Reuben James," a commemoration by the legendary Woody Guthrie of the men who died when the destroyer of that name was sunk by a German U-boat on October 31, 1941, six weeks before Pearl Harbor. Guthrie commandeered the tune from an Appalachian song named "Wildwood Flower" that had been collected originally in the 1920s by A.P. Carter and the Carter Family. Guthrie wrote his own words and added the chorus; in his original version, each man who died was mentioned by name in a line in a verse. The final verse sung here by the Trio and by most others who sing this song to this day was added after World War II by Fred Hellerman of the Weavers. Tenor guitarist and founding Trio member Nick Reynolds died in October of 2008; banjo player and later renowned singer-songwriter John Stewart had passed away earlier that year in January. This video is a tribute to them and to the magic they created as part of the Kingston Trio from 1961 through 1967.