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102 years ago today, the Titanic hit an iceberg. Here’s Leadbelly’s song about the disaster, and especially Jack Johnson’s reaction.

UPDATE: I first heard this song performed by Michelle Shocked and her father on Austin City Limits in 1990. Had no idea until now that it was originally written and performed by Leadbelly.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.