Amongst the bravest of the brave Were all the merchant seamen who Sailed on ships, unarmed, to where Midst the cold Atlantic waters U Boat packs indulged in slaughter. Hunting ships, they sent them down And merchant seamen learned to drown. This was the U Boats’ “Happy Time”, The merchant seamen’s time of grief. So many ships would sink before Radar and Asdic echoes taught The way that U boats could be sought Then escort vessels learned to see U Boats below and on the sea. Then the prey became the hunter. The one time hunter learned to pray. When seamen’s happier time became The U Boats time for slaughter Midst the cold Atlantic waters As the corvettes sent them down And U Boat men learned to drown.