Kenneth Burns wrote:Johnny Horton had a bit of a cottage industry in history-based country songs. "The Battle of New Orleans" is great, also "North to Alaska."
Also "Sink the Bismarck"-- though I've never understood how "shells as big as trees" could have been shot by "guns as big as steers" unless it was giant steers or tiny trees. Not to mention whether WWII had "just begun" when the Bismarck was active.
"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 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 Bismarck, the terror of the sea.
Stop those guns as big as steers,
And those shells as big as trees."