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The HMS Hood

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The HMS Hood

Franz Xaver Gruber, 1818
When HMS Hood went down in the deep,
That was the news that made mothers weep;
For the sons who had fought for a country so proud
Were down there below with the sea as their shroud.
They're sleeping in heavenly peace, sleeping in heavenly peace.
2. Then came George V, the Prince of Wales too,
They took in hand what the Hood had to do.
The Suffolk, the Norfolk, the Cossack as well,
Along with the Rodney shelled Bismarck to hell.
They sank that ship, oh, we're glad; but for our lads we feel sad.
3. So mothers and wives and sweethearts, be proud;
Though your dear lads have the sea as their shroud,
They were fighting for freedom, let's never forget.
The freedom they fought for will be won yet.
They're sleeping in heavenly peace, sleeping in heavenly peace.