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
Sheet music cover
Song by Vera Lynn
Songwriter(s)Ross Parker, Hughie Charles

"We'll Meet Again" is a 1939 British song made famous by singer Vera Lynn with music and lyrics composed and written by English songwriters Ross Parker and Hughie Charles. The song is one of the most famous of the Second World War era, and resonated with soldiers going off to fight as well as their families and sweethearts.

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 World War II film Yanks, which is about British citizens and American soldiers during the military buildup in the UK as the Allies prepare for the D-Day Invasion.

During the Cold War, 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.

In popular culture[edit]

  • Traditionally, this song is played on 5 May as a closure to the Liberation Day Concert in Amsterdam, to mark the end of World War II in the Netherlands, as the monarch leaves the concert on a canal boat.[2]

Other Performances[edit]

In film and television[edit]

References in other works[edit]

  • ABBA quotes the words "we'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when" in their 1974 song "Hasta mañana".
  • Pink Floyd makes reference to this song and the performer in "Vera", a song from their album The Wall: "Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?/Remember how she said that we would meet again some sunny day?". A short clip of "We'll Meet Again" can also be heard at the beginning of the first track on the Pink Floyd album Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81.
  • On her last radio show, NPR host Liane Hansen quoted the song in her farewell address to listeners.[11]
  • Snowing references it in their song "I think We're in Minsk". "Play Vera Lynn at my funeral, though I don't think we will meet again. I'm not morbid. I'm just forgetful and I think it'd be a funny way to end."
  • The fifty-fifth issue of the Mega Man comic series from Archie Comics, which was the last issue before the series went on a hiatus of indeterminate length, featured characters from various branches of the Mega Man franchise joining together in singing "We'll Meet Again."
  • The British pop band Level 42 reused the chord sequence from We'll Meet Again in their 1986 hit Lessons in Love (song) Bassist, singer and songwriter Mark King (musician) was inspired by his formative years playing for tourists in his native Isle of Wight, where We'll Meet Again was commonly played.
  • Gorky's Zygotic Mynci use the lyrics of the opening verse as the coda of their song "O, Caroline", from 1994 album Tatay.
  • Far Cry 5 features the song in the closing credits after several nuclear weapons detonate in Montana and the main antagonist, carrying the unconscious protagonist, seek shelter in an underground bunker.
  • The song features in the seventh episode of the British flash animation internet series Salad Fingers, where the titular character sings part of the first verse during a flashback.
  • The 7th episode from anime series Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master is a direct reference to the song.
  • In the popular George DeValier fanfiction called "We'll Meet Again", written for the anime and manga Hetalia: Axis Powers, "We'll Meet Again" by Vera Lynn is mentioned and sung by the characters a multitude of times.
  • The song is featured in the last episode of the webseries EverymanHYBRID, "Introductions."
  • Dropkick Murphys quotes the words "we'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when" in their 2017 song "Until the Next Time" from the 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory album.
  • In Len Deighton's alternate history novel SS-GB, depicting life in a Nazi-occupied Britain, Vera Lynn continues to sing in occupied London and "We'll Meet Again" gains a new meaning as referring to Britons taken off by the Nazis to do forced labor in Germany and their families' longing for them.


  1. ^ Hellen, Nicholas (11 July 1999). "Julie Andrews to sing to Brits during nuclear attack". The Sunday Times. London.
  2. ^ "May 4 and 5 2017 Amsterdam (Commemoration Day and Liberation Day)". Simply Amsterdam. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  3. ^ "BBC Music - We'll Meet Again". BBC. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  4. ^ "The Early Years with Benny Goodman (1941-1943)". Peggy Lee. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e "We'll Meet Again". BBC. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  6. ^ Rogan, Johnny (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2 ed.). Rogan House. pp. 81–87. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.
  7. ^ http://michiganentertainmentnetwork.com/blog/blog/2011/09/25/the-ides-of-march-news/
  8. ^ "Stephen & Friends: "We'll Meet Again"". Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  9. ^ Thompson, Catherine (19 December 2014). "Here's Every Cameo In The Epic Finale Of 'The Colbert Report'". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  10. ^ VE Day Concert Katherine Jenkins, Pixie Lott, Status Quo Lead Party at The Standard Retrieved 11 May 2015
  11. ^ Hansen, Liane. "Farewell From Host Liane Hansen". NPR. Retrieved 24 June 2011.