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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 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 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.

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 UK as the Allies prepared 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 May 5 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 covered this song with Peggy Lee in 1942.
  • The Byrds recorded the song as the closing track on 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 for 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.
  • Barry Manilow covered this song on his Barry Live in Britain album.
  • 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.
  • Joe Henry covered the song on his 1999 album Fuse.
  • Johnny Cash covered this song in 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.
  • This song was played on the closing night of the Willow disco in York.

In film and television[edit]

References in other works[edit]

  • 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.[6]
  • 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."


We'll meet again,
Don't know where, don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.
Keep smiling through,
Just like you always do,
Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds, far away.
So will you please say hello,
To the folks that I know,
Tell them I won't be long,
They'll be happy to know that as you saw me go
I was singing this song.

We'll meet again,
Don't know where, don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.


  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. ^ "Stephen & Friends: "We'll Meet Again"". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Thompson, Catherine (19 December 2014). "Here's Every Cameo In The Epic Finale Of 'The Colbert Report'". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  5. ^ VE Day Concert Katherine Jenkins, Pixie Lott, Status Quo Lead Party at The Standard Retrieved 11 May 2015
  6. ^ Hansen, Liane. "Farewell From Host Liane Hansen". NPR. Retrieved 24 June 2011.