It is a lucky thing me granny get sick . . .

The first selection from my top ten Titanic recordings, as featured in the Rough Guide to the Titanic – and it’s a reggae classic. Jamaican DJ General Echo was best known for “slackness”, or sexually explicit material. His 1979 single Titanic, though, focussed instead on his grandmother’s failure to board the Titanic – “It is a lucky thing me granny get sick, or else she would have sink in the Titanic”. Her doctor orders her to stay home in bed, and so she misses the rest of the story –­ the captain sighting the iceberg, the people singing Nearer My God To Thee, the whole sorry saga. Echo himself wasn’t so lucky; he was shot by police a year later.

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