The Ballad of Tony Grimes

Tony Grimes he went to sea fighting for democracy,
When he died he still was free and he passed that on to me.
Tony Grimes he went to sea.

He set sail from Liverpool shortly after leaving school,
bringing goods across the sea so his country could stay free.
Tony Grimes he went to sea.

Deep beneath the briney green lurked a German submarine,
its torpedoes armed and aimed left poor Tony drowned and maimed.
Tony Grimes he went to sea.

His ship was hit in stern and bow he sleeps with the fishers now, but I often wonder how he'd look if he were here now.
Tony Grimes he went to sea.

I'll not forget his scacrifice sailing waters cold as ice,
All those men who went to sea there part of our history.
Tony Grimes he went to sea.

By John Kerr