|"Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty"|
|Song by Florrie Forde|
"Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty" is a music hall song written by Arthur J. Mills, Fred Godfrey and Bennett Scott in 1916. It was popular during the First World War, and tells a story of three fictional soldiers on the Western Front suffering from homesickness and their longing to return to "Blighty" - a slang term for Britain.
Fred Godfrey wrote the song with Bennett Scott and A.J. Mills after passing a music hall in Oxford where a show called Blighty was showing. He recounts: "One of us suddenly said “What an idea for a song!” Four hours later it was all finished, and the whole country was singing it soon afterwards. I got — not very much."
Jolly Old Fellows performed the song in 1930.
Use in other media
Noël Coward used the song for his 1931 stage production Cavalcade, about British life in the first two decades of the twentieth century and in the 1944 film This Happy Breed. It was also used in the 1954 Errol Flynn film Lilacs in the Spring.
- "He wrote the songs Britain sang". The Bulletin. 23 February 1953. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
- "ShieldSquare Captcha". www.songfacts.com.
- "First World War.com - Vintage Audio - Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty". www.firstworldwar.com.
- "Dynamite Daze - Kevin Coyne | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
- "[Take Me Back To] Dear Old Blighty" – via www.youtube.com.
- Haworth, Catherine; Colton, Lisa (3 March 2016). Gender, Age and Musical Creativity. Routledge. ISBN 9781317130055 – via Google Books.
- "'Bring It Back to Blighty' - World Cup Song 2010" – via www.youtube.com.