Johnny Horton – Sink the Bismark

Horton released this song through Columbia Records in 1960, when it reached #3 on the charts. As originally released, the record label used the common misspelling "Bismark"; this error was corrected for later releases of the song. It was inspired by the 1960 British war movie Sink the Bismarck!

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Cover Single Sink The Bismarck Columbia 1960
Cover Single Sink The Bismarck Columbia 1960

Sink the Bismark” (later “Sink the Bismarck”) is a march song by country music singer Johnny Horton and songwriter Tillman Franks, based on the pursuit and eventual sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941, during World War II. Horton released this song through Columbia Records in 1960, when it reached #3 on the charts. As originally released, the record label used the common misspelling “Bismark”; this error was corrected for later releases of the song. It was inspired by the 1960 British war movie Sink the Bismarck! and was in fact (with the producer John Brabourne’s approval) commissioned from Johnny Horton by 20th Century Fox who were worried about the subject’s relative obscurity in the United States. While the song was used in U.S. theater trailers for the film, it was not used in the film itself. In the UK the song was a hit for Don Lang also in 1960.




B-side “The Same Old Tale the Crow Told Me”
Released 1960
Genre Country
Length 3:12
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Johnny Horton and Tilman Franks
Producer(s) Don Law





Johnny Horton – Sink the Bismark Lyrics

n May of nineteen forty-one the war had just begun
The Germans had the biggest ship 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 evry British seaman, he knew and understood
They had to sink the Bismark, the terror of the sea
Stop those guns as big as steers and those shells as big as trees

We’ll find that German battleship thats 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 send 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 decks a-runnin’ and we spun those guns around
Yeah, 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 decks a-runnin’ and we spun those guns around
We found the mighty Bismark and then we cut her down

Single Sink The Bismarck Columbia 1960
Single Sink The Bismarck Columbia 1960




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