MUSICAL MONDAY: Teenage memories and rebellion…

One of the greatest, and most unexpected, joys of blogging has to be the friends you meet along the way whom tell the most amazing of stories which often trigger your own memories. The fun in the sharing is incomparable.

One such person is J.G. Burdette and her blog “Map of Time” which is such a joy, bringing to me so much new information and especially friendship, compassion and understanding… along with a goodly measure of laughter and good “old fashioned” fun.

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J.G’s most recent post is re: the Sinking of the Bismarck, which I recommend you read and can be accessed HERE.

Whilst reading J.G’s account of the sinking of the Bismarck significant moments, during my teenage years, came flooding back.  The song of the sinking, by Johnny Horton, kept ringing in my ears and I could see our old/ family home at 34 New Street, Queenstown, South Australia. There, in the lounge room, were my three brothers and I parading around, maybe pretending to be the “drummers” or marching or punching the air… or whatever.  What we were doing was having a jolly good time as we shouted out the words:

“…and we’ve gotta sink the Bismarck ‘cos the world depends on US!!!”

J.G’s fun reply to my comment, on her Blog, took me back to YouTube and to the most memorable song of all during those heady, fun and joyous years of my youth… The Battle of New Orleans“, also sung by Johnny Horton, of the USofA.

Happens that this tune has the same rousing “drum beat”, which we loved, but an additional attraction was that  it raised the ire of my dad who would often declare…

“I’m BRITISH… and PROUD OF IT!!!”…

So, being typical teenagers… my brothers and I enjoyed playing “The Battle of New Orleans” as loud as loud could be and especially raucously singing  words such as:

“… and we beat the BLOODY BRITISH, in a town in New Orleans!!!”

Oh, deary me… my poor dad. Teenage rebellion, of that type, must have been very difficult to swallow. Anyway, I’m laughing cos I’ve been “paid back” in spades by the small rebellious behaviours of my own three children.

Happens that Johnny Horton also released a British Version which didn’t appeal to my three brothers, and I, at all.

Thanks for bringing back the memories J.G… and especially  enabling me to share this particular part of our “Family Story” with the descendants.

Of course… as I’ve matured my heart is sad and so sorry for all those courageous men, of the German Navy, who battled on so fiercely, bravely and with great loyalty to their country. May they all forever R.I.P. and may the killing stop and the whole world find a way to live together peacefully.


Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

9 thoughts on “MUSICAL MONDAY: Teenage memories and rebellion…

    • Oh, it sure is for me Su and how surprised I am, when looking back on my childhood/ teenage years, how often music/ words of songs were used to express repressed emotions and feelings. Maybe it’s still the case, for the present generation?
      Thanks for your comment… much appreciated indeed 🙂

  1. It really is amazing how certain songs can trigger memories. There is a certain song which I was listening to while reading my very first American Civil War book. When listening to it now it never fails to bring back the memory of the book’s content, the surroundings and even the time of day!

    It’s sad how oftentimes members of the German military – at that time – didn’t really have a choice in the matter when it came to their joining up. If there were cases usch as that aboard Bismarck, well… 😦

    Thanks for the kind words, Catherine!

    • THANKYOU you J.G. for your blog so full of information which I find absolutely enthralling. Best of all is that you accept, and allow, your readers to “go with flow” with whatever memories/ thoughts your postings trigger.
      My most treasured musical collection is: “Songs of the Protest Era”… gifted to me by my hubbie. Have to laugh in the remembering, from a few years back, when my grandchildren were absolutely “gobsmacked” to see their old “grannie” and parents dancing around to the protest songs re: the Vietnam War. There is a whole story there re: the conscripting of 19 year old Australians, via a ballot/ lottery to go and fight/ die in that disgraceful “happening” that many protested against… blah blah blah.
      Yep… no doubt there were members of the German Navy who died a terrible death, on the Bismarck, who did not choose to be there. So very sad 😦
      Cheerio for now J.G… and thanks again 🙂

  2. I recently did a life writing course and have been trying to piece together parts of my life that have been buried for years in my mind. One of the ‘triggers’ to use is music so I now have a half completed book of song lyrics and the memories they invoke for me. Great story Catherine and one I can really connect with.

    • Thanks so much Kim… I did momentarily think that maybe I was opening myself up to a whole heap ridicule/ condemnation with this post… but managed to overcome the doubts because my motto, for about 30 years now, is “To thine own self be true”… and I even had it engraved on a bracelet to help with the reminding.
      I do so agree that music/ song has the ability or bring back long forgotten memories and sometimes, I believe, some sort of genetic/ cultural memory. Well, that’s been my experience which may “creep” some people out… but seems very “normal” to me {chuckle} …

    • Thankyou David… yes indeed. As children, we grew up singing the songs and not really thinking much about the meaning. The Vietnam war sure changed all that for me… and “The Songs of the Protest Era” became my favourite Audio Tape. My children and I, and now the grandchildren, still sing along to these war protest songs with great gusto! 😉
      So glad you alerted me to your attempt to post a comment. I found you tucked away in my SPAM folder 😀 …

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