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Lyr Req: Sink the Bismarck (Johnny Horton)

08 Feb 98 - 01:00 PM (#20963)
Subject: the words to

I'm looking for the words to "Sink the Bismark" by Jonnie Horton. Written in the late 50's I think.

08 Feb 98 - 04:29 PM (#20974)
Subject: RE: the words to
From: Ralph Butts

You an find it on Cowpie at:

Note it was submitted by our own Mudcat all-star Gene Graham.....Tiger

08 Feb 98 - 06:35 PM (#20983)
Subject: RE: the words to
From: Martin Ryan

... and try thr "Sinking of the Graf Spee" as in the DT.

Which reminds me. Any submarine songs - other than Tawney's "Diesel and Shale"?


12 Feb 98 - 09:13 PM (#21321)
Subject: RE: the words to
From: mvatman

Thank you to R. Butts. We were looking all over without success. Now we have the words. Thanks again.

15 Feb 98 - 02:44 AM (#21466)
Subject: J. Horton trivia!

Sink the Bismark is but one of three "historical" ballads recorded by Johnny Horton, and one of two related to feature films. Can you think of the others?

15 Feb 98 - 08:18 AM (#21469)
Subject: RE: the words to
From: Alan of Australia

The Battle of New Orleans and North to Alaska???

17 Feb 98 - 07:01 AM (#21553)
Subject: Today's lucky winner is...

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17 Feb 98 - 11:52 AM (#21576)
Subject: RE: the words to
From: Gene

Johnny Horton recorded several HISTORIC type songs; O'Leary's Cow/Young Abe Lincoln/Snowshoe Thompson/Jim Bridger/John Paul Jones/--to name a few.

17 Feb 98 - 04:16 PM (#21593)
Subject: RE: the words to

Recently purchased a 45 rpm record with North to Alaska on one side and Battle of New Orleans on the other. Anybody jealous?

17 Feb 98 - 07:13 PM (#21608)
Subject: Info: Battle of New Orleans
From: Sir

Hey if we're playin' question and answer games on Johnny Horton tunes try this: "Battle of New Orleans" was written by Jimmy Driftwood - for what audience was it written?

17 Feb 98 - 08:39 PM (#21617)
Subject: RE: the words to
From: Gene

Maybe for students in his HISTORY class?

19 Feb 98 - 12:02 AM (#21723)
Subject: RE: the words to
From: Sir


19 Feb 98 - 03:58 PM (#21780)
Subject: RE: the words to
From: DukeLeto

To Sir:

Note that on the Record, there is only arrangement credit for Jimmie Driftwood on the Battle of New Orleans. On the reverse side, an author is indeed given for North To Alaska (M. Phillips). Why might that be? (I assume you are correct about the authorship).

19 Feb 98 - 04:25 PM (#21782)
Subject: RE: the words to
From: Sir

I don't know why they gave Jimmie Driftwood credit only for the arrangement. I saw Jimmie years ago in a concert and he said that he wrote "Battle of New Orleans" for an eighth grade history class. "Driftwood" isn't his real name but I don't recall what it was. Something else that seems interesting to me is the guitar he plays - he made it from a fence post.

19 Feb 98 - 04:59 PM (#21786)
Subject: RE: the words to
From: Gene

My understanding is that The battle of New Orleans is set to the tune of an old, old revolutionary war ballad, THE EIGHTH OF JANUARY, maybe that's the reason he isn't given credit for the MUSIC!

23 Feb 98 - 08:29 AM (#22041)
Subject: Info: Eighth of January
From: Bill in Alabama

As I understand it, the tune THE EIGHTH OF JANUARY is an occasional piece, specifically commemorating the victory of Jackson's army over Gen. Packinham at New Orleans on that date. I have heard two different stories: (1) that the piece is an original, and composed en situ; (2) that the tune was "captured" from the British troops, and was originally a traditional piece called "The King's Head."