We'll Meet Again

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"We'll Meet Again"
Cover of sheet music for "We'll Meet Again" by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles.jpg
Cover of sheet music
Song by Dame Vera Lynn
Released 1939
Length 3:01
Writer Ross Parker, Hughie Charles (lyrics)
Composer Ross Parker, Hughie Charles (music)
Cover versions
Joe Henry, Johnny Cash, Sandy Coast, She & Him, The Byrds, The Chordettes, The Ink Spots, The Turtles

"We'll Meet Again" is a 1939 British song made famous by singer Dame Vera Lynn with music and lyrics composed and written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles.

The song is one of the most famous songs of the Second World War era, and resonated with soldiers going off to fight and their families and sweethearts. The assertion that "we'll meet again" is optimistic, as many soldiers did not survive to see their loved ones again. Indeed, the meeting place at some unspecified time in the future would have been seen by many who lost loved ones to be heaven.

The song gave its name to the 1943 musical film We'll Meet Again in which Dame Vera Lynn played the lead role (see 1943 in music). Lynn's recording is featured in the final scene of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, and was also used in the closing scenes of the 1986 BBC television serial The Singing Detective. British director John Schlesinger used the song in his 1979 WWII film, Yanks, which is about British citizens and American soldiers during the military buildup in the U.K. as the Allies prepared for the D-Day Invasion.

During the Cold War, Dame Vera Lynn's recording was included in the package of music and programmes held in 20 underground radio stations of the BBC's Wartime Broadcasting Service (WTBS), designed to provide public information and morale-boosting broadcasts for 100 days after a nuclear attack.[1] Lynn sang the song in London on the 60th Anniversary of VE Day in 2005.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hellen, Nicholas (1999-07-11). "Julie Andrews to sing to Brits during nuclear attack". Sunday Times. 
  2. ^ http://michiganentertainmentnetwork.com/blog/blog/2011/09/25/the-ides-of-march-news/
  3. ^ Hansen, Liane. "Farewell From Host Liane Hansen". NPR. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Stephen & Friends: "We'll Meet Again"". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Thompson, Catherine (19 December 2014). "Here's Every Cameo In The Epic Finale Of 'The Colbert Report'". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved 19 December 2014.