The White Cliffs of Dover

Words by: Nat Burton

Music by: Walter Kent

Although this was a US number one for Kay Kyser and His Orchestra in 1941, for the Brits ‘(There`ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover’ is synonymous with Vera Lynn who took it to the top of the UK charts in 1942.

Of course there are no bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover, they are indigenous only to North America, but why let that get in the way of a good song!

The White Cliffs of Dover

I’ll never forget the people I met
Braving those angry skies;
I remember well as the shadows fell,
The light of hope in their eyes.

And tho’ I’m far away,
I still can hear them say ‘Thumb’s up!’
For when the dawn comes up:

There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.
There’ll be love and laughter and peace ever after,
Tomorrow, when the world is free.

The shepherd will tend his sheep,
The valley will bloom again,
And Jimmy will go to sleep,
In his own little room again.

There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.
There’ll be love and laughter and peace ever after,
Tomorrow, when the world is free.

I may not be near but I have no fear.
Hist’ry will prove it too,
When the tale is told ’twill be as of old
For truth will always win through;

But be I far or near,
That slogan still I’ll hear, ‘Thumbs up!’
For when the dawn comes up:

There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.
There’ll be love and laughter and peace ever after,
Tomorrow, when the world is free.

Random Quote

OUR National Anthem has stood the test of time. It has been with us since 1745 – which is even before I was born. It is majestic and inspirational. You cannot hear it and not be affected by its power.

— Bruce Forsyth

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