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The world depends on us

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Update for Three Lives and Still Counting:

“What kind of music do you usually have here?”
“Oh, we got both kinds. We got country and western.”

John Van Noate, Six From Greensboro, 1/11/06 # 6The Blues Brothers was released on June 20, 1980. Its original length is 133 minutes, the modernized DVD version is 142 minutes.

Still, there are approximately 45 minutes lost forever. In the mid-80s, when not even Universal Studios cared about bonus materials for DVD, deleted film scenes were routinely destroyed. The scene in „Bob’s Country Bunker“ features, as far as is remembered, at least three Country and Western songs — which would cover the complete C&W works by The Blues Brothers. Stand by Your Man and Theme From Rawhide are in the movie — only Sink the Bismarck is not even on the Blues Brothers Complete CD.

John Van Noate, The One Coming LaterExactly twenty years before, Sink the Bismarck was deleted from another film. Originally by Johnny Horton (the guy mainly famous for North to Alaska), the song was in the 1960 cinema trailer for the film of the same name (with an exclamation mark added: Sink the Bismarck!, German Die letzte Fahrt der Bismarck), but eliminated from the film. It seems like even after the war the Bismarck should have no appearances whatsoever in American public — not to mention Unsinkable Sam.

Learn about navigation and martial strategies alongside the Bismarck, the Hood, and Unternehmen Rheinübung:

John Van Noate, Snapshot. Girl With Guitar And Big HatWe give the proofread lyrics as used by the Blues Brothers in their surviving soundtrack of a destroyed movie clip:

In May of nineteen forty-one
the war had just begun.
The Germans had the biggest ship,
They had the biggest guns.
The Bismarck was the fastest ship
that ever sailed the seas.
On her decks 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 every British seaman
he knew and understood
they had to sink the Bismarck,
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
that’s making such a fuss.
We gotta sink the Bismarck,
’cause the world depends on us.
They hit the decks a-running, boys,
and spin those guns around.
When we find the Bismarck,
we gotta cut her down.

The Hood found the Bismarck,
and on that fatal day
the Bismarck started firing
fifteen miles away.
We gotta sink the Bismarck!,
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 every ship a-sail,
’cause somewhere on that ocean,
I know she’s gotta be.
We gotta sink the Bismarck
to the bottom of the sea.

We’ll find that German battleship
that’s making such a fuss.
We gotta sink the Bismarck,
’cause the world depends on us.
They hit the decks a-running, boys,
and spin those guns around.
When we find the Bismarck,
we gotta cut her down.

The fog was gone the seventh day,
and they saw the morning sun.
Ten hours away from homeland,
the Bismarck 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 coming fast.
The first shell hit the Bismarck,
they knew she couldn’t last.
That mighty German battleship
is just a memory.
Sink the Bismarck! was the battle cry,
That shook the seven seas.

We found that German battleship
was making such a fuss.
We had to sink the Bismarck,
’cause the world depends on us.
We hit the deck a-running, boys,
we spun those guns around.
We found the mighty Bismarck,
and then we cut her down.

We found that German battleship
was making such a fuss.
We had to sink the Bismarck,
’cause the world depends on us.
We hit the deck a-running,
we spun those guns around.
We found the mighty Bismarck,
and then we cut her down.

Images: John Van Noate: Six From Greensboro, 1/11/06 # 6; The “One Coming Later”; Snapshot: Girl With Guitar And Big Hat.

… and featuring one fine German-American-Scottish discovery by Elke:

Brew Dog, Sink the Bismacrck beer

Written by Wolf

12. July 2011 at 12:01 am

Posted in Laderaum

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