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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Pink Floyd makes reference to this song and the performer in "Vera", in 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.
  • Rod Stewart and his group Faces would sing an a capella version of the song as the closer to most of their concerts between 1971 and 1974.
  • The final scene of the last episode of the 1997 animated superhero comedy Freakazoid features the cast singing this song at the Hollywood Bowl.
  • In the movie Hellboy, during Professor Broom's confrontation with Rasputin, a recording of the song plays in the background (according to the closed-captioning).
  • On her last radio show, NPR host Liane Hansen quoted the song in her farewell address to listeners.[3]
  • 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 underground series Salad Fingers, created by animator David Firth, the song is referenced at the end of the seventh episode entitled, "Shore Leave."
  • Episode 9 of the sixth season of Castle, titled "Disciple", plays the song at the end of the episode as a way to suggest a recurring villain has returned. The theme returns in episode 14 of season 7, "Resurrection", foreshadowing the actions of the same villain.
  • My Morning Jacket plays "We'll Meet Again" from their speakers at the end of shows as their fans depart.
  • 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.
  • In the Round the Twist episode Radio Da Da, the song is played everytime Pete and Linda get transported to World War II (where the song was released at the time) through an old radio given by Nell.
  • 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. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ VE Day Concert Katherine Jenkins, Pixie Lott, Status Quo Lead Party at The Standard Retrieved 11 May 2015