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Saturday, March 25, 2006

BOB Classic -- Sink the Bismark

I heard a BOB classic on 106.1 FM that I wanted to share with our audience. I am always struck by how powerful the British Naval tradition is in the collective British memory. Rule Brittania!

Artist: Johnny Horton Song: Sink the Bismark
Album: America Remembers Johnny Horton (1960)
[" America Remembers Johnny Horto " CD]

In may of nineteen forty-one the war had just begun
The germans had the biggest ships
That had the biggest guns
The Bismark was the fastest ship
That ever sailed the seas
On her deck were guns as big as steers
And shells as big as trees

Out of the cold and foggy night
Came the british ship the Hood
And ev'ry british seaman
he knew and understood
They had to sink the Bismark
the terror of the sea
Stop those guns as bid as steers
And those shells as big as trees

We'll find that german battleship
That's makin' such a fuss
We gotta sink the Bismark
'Cause the world depends on us
Hit the decks a-runnin' boys
And spin those guns around
When we find the Bismark
we gotta cut her down
The Hood found the Bismark
and on that fatal day
The Bismark started firin'
fifteen miles away
We gotta sink the Bismark
was the battle sound
But when the smoke had cleared away
The mighty Hood went down

For six long days and weary nights
They tried to find her trail
Churchill told the people put ev'ry ship a-sail'
Cause somewhere on that ocean
I know she's gotta be
We gotta sink the Bismark
to the bottom of the sea

We'll find that german battleship
That's makin' such a fuss
We gotta sink the Bismark
'Cause the world depends on us
Hit the decks a-runnin' boys
And spin those guns around
When we find the Bismark
we gotta cut her down

The fog was gone the seventh day
And they saw the mornin' sun
Ten hours away from homeland
The Bismark made its run
The admiral of the british fleet said
Turn those bows around

We found that german battleship
And we're gonna cut her down
The british guns were aimed
And the shells were comin' fast
The first shell hit the Bismark
They knew she couldn't last
That mighty german battleship is just a memory
Sink the Bismark was the battle cry
That shook the seven seas

We found that german battleship
Was makin' such a fuss
We had to sink the Bismark'
Cause the world depends on us
We hit the deck a-runnin' and
We spun those guns around
We found the mighty Bismark
And then we cut her down

We found that german battleship
Was makin' such a fuss
We had to sink the Bismark'
Cause the world depends on us
We hit the deck a-runnin' and
We spun those guns around
We found the mighty Bismark
And then we cut her down

Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Great song. But who is BOB? Is this a populist culture phenomenon I've missed along with, I don't know, what's hot right now, someone named Iced Tea, the Prince formerly known as a number, and the like?

2:05 PM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Air Marshall said...

Is this one of those irredeemably evil Rock and Roll songs? Or is liking this just a matter of taste? Could you play a riff or two for us?

10:56 PM, March 25, 2006  

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