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

If we are to maintain the Union, it is vital that the English feel that our identity is not just protected, but as proud as any other. Lets reclaim national pride from the so-called ‘nationalists’. Personally I favour ‘Jerusalem’ as our English Anthem, as it is a song that politically unites both left and right, albeit for different reasons. Besides that, it is an amazing musical work. But, I am open to suggestions.

— Robert Halfon MP, Rob’s Blog, 22nd April 2012

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