• Caped Crusader

    Another great Vera Lynn wartime song:
     
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSMuTm649Hk
     
     
     
    Dame Vera Lynn, DBE (born Vera Margaret Welch on 20 March 1917) is an English singer and actress whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during World War II. During the war she toured Egypt, India and Burma, giving outdoor concerts for the troops. She was called “The Forces’ Sweetheart”; the songs most associated with her are “We’ll Meet Again” and “The White Cliffs of Dover”. She remained popular after the war, appearing on radio and television in the UK and the United States and recording such hits as “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” and “My Son, My Son”. In 2009 she became the oldest living artist to make it to No. 1 on the British album chart, at the age of 92. She has devoted much time and energy to charity work connected with ex-servicemen, disabled children and breast cancer. She is still held in great affection by veterans of the Second World War and in 2000 was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the twentieth century.

  • Caped Crusader

    About four years ago I had an elderly lady patient in her late eighties, living in a retirement home, who appeared withdrawn and depressed. I detected an English accent and struck up a conversation with her, finding out that she had been an English war bride. Her husband had long since passed away and she had no family or friends, all having predeceased her. After a few minutes chat about times we both remembered, I told her that there would be no charge for the visit, and I would refund to her the insurance payment so she could spend it on herself, if she could sing 3 stanzas of Rule Brittania. She lit up like a Christmas tree and sang all 6 stanzas and sat back down with a big smile on her face. A day neither of us is likely to forget. So here it is for any UK readers:
     
     

  • Caped Crusader

    And, the lyrics, which we hope will be true in the future:
     
    1
    When Britain first, at Heaven’s command
    Arose from out the azure main;
    This was the charter of the land,
    And guardian angels sang this strain:
    “Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
    “Britons never will be slaves.”
    2
    The nations, not so blest as thee,
    Must, in their turns, to tyrants fall;
    While thou shalt flourish great and free,
    The dread and envy of them all.
    “Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
    “Britons never will be slaves.”
    3
    Still more majestic shalt thou rise,
    More dreadful, from each foreign stroke;
    As the loud blast that tears the skies,
    Serves but to root thy native oak.
    “Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
    “Britons never will be slaves.”
    4
    Thee haughty tyrants ne’er shall tame:
    All their attempts to bend thee down,
    Will but arouse thy generous flame;
    But work their woe, and thy renown.
    “Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
    “Britons never will be slaves.”
    5
    To thee belongs the rural reign;
    Thy cities shall with commerce shine:
    All thine shall be the subject main,
    And every shore it circles thine.
    “Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
    “Britons never will be slaves.”
    6
    The Muses, still with freedom found,
    Shall to thy happy coast repair;
    Blest Isle! With matchless beauty crown’d,
    And manly hearts to guard the fair.
    “Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
    “Britons never will be slaves.”

  • Mike Devx

    It intrigues me that on the Pink Floyd protest album, ‘The Wall’, that they included an attack on Vera Lynn.  None of those boys were alive during WWII when she was at her height!  Yet in 1979, her fame – and her association with British patriotism – was enough to royally piss of our little boy protester.  She’s just another brick in their wall.
     
    After all these decades, all these years, why still be so MAD at her?  And for what reason?  When you stop and think about it, including her in their wild list of assault targets is completely immature.