Wartime lifestyles

 

Songs from the 1940s

 

Popular songs from the 1940s, including some which are used during Stibbington Centre’s Evacuation Day programme.

 

It’s a long way to Tiperary

It’s a long way to Tiperary, it’s a long way to go.
It’s a long way to Tiperary, to the sweetest girl I know.
Goodbye Piccadilly, farewell Leicester Square.
It’s a long long way to Tiperary, but my heart’s right there.

Pack up your troubles

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile
While there’s a Lucifer to light your way, smile boys that’s the style.
What’s the use of worrying?  It never was worth while, so
Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile

 

Run rabbit, run 

Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run.
Here comes the farmer with his gun, gun, gun.
Bang, bang, bang, bang goes the farmer’s gun,
So run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run.

Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run.
Don’t give the farmer his fun, fun, fun.
He’ll get by without his rabbit pie,
So run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run

 

Roll out the barrel

Roll out the barrel, we’ll have a barrel of fun.
Roll out the barrel, we’ve got the blues on the run.
Sing boom ta-ra-ra, ring out a song of good cheer.
Now’s the time to roll the barrel
For the gang’s all here.

 

The Siegfried Line

We’re gonna hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line
Have you any dirty washing Mother dear.
We’re gonna hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line
Cos the washing day is here.
Whether the weather may be wet or fine
We’ll just rub along without a care
We’re gonna hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line
If the Siegfried Line’s still there.

 

Keep the home fires burning

Keep the home fires burning, while your hearts are yearning,
Though your lads are far away they dream of home.
There’s a silver lining, through the dark clouds shining
Turn the dark clouds inside out till the boys come home.

 

White cliffs of Dover

There’ll be blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.
There’ll be fun 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 blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.

 

There’ll always be an England 

There’ll always be an England where there’s a country lane.
Wherever there’s a cottage small beside a field of grain.
There’ll always be an England while there’s a busy street.
Wherever there’s a turning wheel, a million marching feet.
Red, white and blue, what does it mean to you?
Surely you’re proud, shout it aloud, Britons awake!
The Empire too, we can depend on you
Freedom remains, these are the chains, nothing can break.
There’ll always be an England, and England shall be free
If England means as much to you as England means to me 

 

We’ll meet again

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.