Wednesday Words: 3 April 2013

For Wednesday Words this week, hosted again at Crazy with twins, I’m going to do what other contributors have done previously, that is, to pick the lyrics of a song…

We’ll Meet Again

Let’s say goodbye with a smile, dear
Just for a while, dear, we must part.
Don’t let this parting upset you
I’ll not forget you, sweetheart.

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 those dark clouds far away.

And I will just say hello
To the folks that you know,
Tell them you won’t be long.
They’ll be happy to know that as I saw you go,
You were singing this song.

We’ll meet again [repeat]

Albert Rostron (Ross) Parker (1914 – 1974) and
Charles Hugh Owen Ferry aka Hughie Charles (1907 – 1995)

Now, just typed out like that, it doesn’t look all that much, does it? Almost a bit soppy, you might say. But in the context of inspiring troops and civilians alike during World War 2, when partings were very raw and very real and many of them, sadly, final, the words sung by Vera Lynn (now Dame Vera Lynn) come alive. Singers have maintained the tradition since. Just watch this video…

It is, I think, particularly touching, how the young singer and Dame Vera pay tribute to each other. Also, at about 3 minutes 53, note the face of The Queen. The number of occasions, recorded on video, where she has ever come near to losing her usual composure must be very few.

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6 Responses to Wednesday Words: 3 April 2013

  1. An old song with great meaning x

  2. i just watched the video, she sang it beautifully xx

  3. Goosebumps, beautiful video. You appreciate the words much more when you know why they were being sung. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. This song is very special to me as it reminds me of my Grandad singing it as he would prepare the Sunday lunch. He went to war, so it was all the more chilling/heart-warming all at once, as I thought about all those men who went to war, leaving their wives/girlfriends/mothers/sisters behind, not knowing if they would ‘meet again’.

    Lovely to honour such a song, Phil. And a lovely post xx

  5. A truly fabulous song and so lovely to see both The Queen and Dame Vera Lynn enjoying a younger generation taking it forward

  6. Emma Day says:

    I’m struggling with the video as my internet is shockingly slow and only plays 4 seconds at a time before buffering! Lol. It sounds very theatrical and not as sad as I was expecting. I think the words are very sad though. Sad but full of faith. xx

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