Mudcat Café message #159803 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #16854   Message #159803
Posted By: Marymac90
07-Jan-00 - 10:55 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sink the Bismarck (Johnny Horton)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: sinking of the bismarck
That submarine shanty would no doubt be "Diesel and Shale", which was recorded by Tom Lewis on his self-released "Surfacing". He spent 17 years serving on submarines in the British navy. I could transcribe it if wildlone's book is unfindable.

When I was a kid, "Sink the Bismark" and "The Battle of New Orleans" were hits on pop radio, both sung by Johnny Horton, I think. I loved both of these songs back then-I wasn't a pacifist yet! Still, there's something in the beat and rhythm of such songs that moves me. I also like sacred harp and gospel, though I'm not a christian. And I like drinking songs, though I rarely drink much. I'm not sure exactly why-maybe it's something about songs that can be sung by a large group of people in harmony?

Mary McCaffrey