We'll Meet Again
|"We'll Meet Again"|
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. Lynn sang the song in London on the 60th Anniversary of VE Day in 2005.
In popular culture
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- 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.
- Benny Goodman recorded the song with Peggy Lee in 1942.
- The Ink Spots recorded the song.
- The Byrds recorded the song as the closing track of their debut album Mr. Tambourine Man in 1965, inspired by the song's use in the film Dr. Strangelove.
- In 1966 the Turtles performed it on The Lloyd Thaxton Show, a Los Angeles teen dance show.
- In 1972, P. J. Proby recorded a power-ballad rendition of the song. It was released by the EMI Group as Proby's last single of his recording contract.
- Jim Capaldi recorded a brief selection of the song in 1974, which appears as a hidden track on his album Whale Meat Again.
- Rod Stewart and the Faces would sing an a cappella version of the song as the closer to most of their concerts between 1971 and 1974.
- Perry Como recorded the song in 1977.
- Barry Manilow recorded this song on his Barry Live in Britain album.
- Joe Henry recorded the song on his 1999 album Fuse.
- Johnny Cash recorded this song on his 2002 album American IV: The Man Comes Around (it was the closing track of the album, which was the final album released during his lifetime). This version is used in the beginning of the 2010 remake of The Crazies. After Cash's death in the fall of 2003, family and friends performed "We'll Meet Again" at the conclusion of a TV special celebrating the singer's life.
- Mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins reprised the song at her appearance alongside Lynn in London on the 60th Anniversary of VE Day in 2005, and has retained it as an occasional item in her repertoire.
- The Austrian singer, Margot Werner, recorded a German language version 'Muss ich auch Geh'n' in 1979/80.
In film and television
- In the 1955 film The Ship That Died of Shame, sung by then-famous singer, Yana, in a scene set in the fictional "Coastal Forces Club".
- In the 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, the song closes out the final scenes while showing a montage of atomic explosions.
- Used in film The Hit by Stephen Frears.
- The Kinks reference the song and performer in "Mr. Churchill Says" which appeared on their 1969 album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) in context to The Blitz.
- In The Muppets Go to the Movies, The Muppets, Dudley Moore and Lily Tomlin sing the song at the end.
- The song plays as part of the music loop of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attractions at numerous Disney parks.
- The song appears on the first episode of the documentary The Beatles Anthology, during the footage of The Beatles members when they were children.
- In The Simpsons episode "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", Sideshow Bob whistles the song as he sets up a Cold War-era nuclear bomb in a US airbase. The song is also used in the episode "Last Traction Hero" and at the end of the episode "At Long Last Leave".
- The final scene of the last episode of the 1997 animated superhero comedy Freakazoid features the cast singing this song at the Hollywood Bowl.
- A part of the song plays at the end of the Futurama episode "A Big Piece of Garbage", when the credits are being shown.
- In the film Hellboy, during Professor Broom's confrontation with Rasputin, a recording of the song plays in the background (according to the closed-captioning).
- Jim Keats sings the song in the series finale of Ashes to Ashes.
- Early in the film The Ides of March, Bob Mervak is briefly shown singing the song at Cliff Bell's, a Detroit jazz club.
- Franka Potente sings this song in The Sinking of the Laconia.
- Episode 4 of the fifth season of True Blood is entitled "We'll Meet Again". A cover of the song plays during the end credits.
- In the week of "The Rovers Return Inn" fire on Coronation Street in 2013, Rita Sullivan, Dennis Tanner and Emily Bishop sing this song before the fire breaks out next episode.
- The film Second World War uses the song We'll Meet Again sung by actress Evelyn Rei. Footballer Chris Todd plays the role of Thomas and singer Keedie Green set to star in the film
- Episode 9 of the sixth season of Castle, titled "Disciple", He plays the song at the end of the episode as a way of saying that 3XK (Jerry Tyson) has returned. The theme returns in episode 14 of season 7, "Resurrection", prefiguring the actions of the return of 3XK and Dr. Kelly Nieman
- My Morning Jacket plays "We'll Meet Again" from their speakers at the end of shows as their fans depart.
- In the television show Midsomer Murders, actress June Whitfield sings the song as her character Peggy Alder.
- In the Round the Twist episode Radio Da Da, the song is played every time Pete and Linda get transported to World War II (where the song was released at the time) through an old radio given by Nell.
- On the final episode of The Colbert Report, the song was sung by Stephen Colbert in a more upbeat tempo with members of his family and an assembled crowd of many of his most prominent guests.
- The song was sung by Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins during the final performance at VE Day 70: A Party to Remember at Horse Guards Parade in London in 2015.
- A segment of the song is sung by Bill Cipher in the Gravity Falls series finale, "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls".
- The song plays in the background while the protagonists share a toast in "Fail-Safe," the fifth episode of Legends of Tomorrow.
- A section of the song plays in the 2017 movie Kong: Skull Island, near the end of the movie.
- The song plays at the end of the fourth episode of Titans.
- The song plays at the beginning of season 6 episode 5 of The Blacklist.
- The song plays during Episode 5 of Hulu’s Catch-22.
- The song plays at the end of Season 3 Episode 4 of Stranger Things.
- The song plays during the San Diego Comic Con 2019 trailer for Westworld (TV series).
- The Riddler plays the song at the beginning of episode one of the final season of Gotham.
References in other works
- 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.
- 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.
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- VE Day Concert Katherine Jenkins, Pixie Lott, Status Quo Lead Party at The Standard Retrieved 11 May 2015
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