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    Posted: 21 Mar 2017 at 01:36
Does anybody here remeber Vera Lyn...?

This lovely Lady on her 100th Birthday is my inspiration for the day.
" Blue Skyes Over The White Cliffs Of Dover", what a fitting celebration for this iconic woman. Oddly I'd never known of her if I hadn't wondered what the Floyd Boys were on about.



Through all the decades since the Second World War, this national treasure has never lost her love and respect for those who came to adore her as the Forces’ Sweetheart.

In her only newspaper interview to mark a very special birthday, Dame Vera proves she has still got the common touch as well as plenty of the old fighting spirit.

“I try not to worry too much about anything any more, and enjoy every day as it comes,” she says.


Can't help but wonder how our pet therapy compatriots would have suffered WW2. God Bless You Vera Lynn





Edited by Vanuatu - 21 Mar 2017 at 10:24
The root of all desires is the one desire: to come home, to be at peace. -Jean Klein
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I agree. Best Wishes Vera Lynn. 

A legend in her own lifetime.

"We'll meet again,
Don't know where,
Don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again
Some Sunny Day."


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I often wonder why I try.
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Vera Lynn, two Ns.
spelling counts, especially in a written medium....

But yes, I know the name from Pink Floyd, from one cultural icon to another.
A great example of something that was contemporary with great events, and soon will be eclipsed in living memory.  And this too shall pass....
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Vera (Waters) 1:38 

Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?
Remember how she said that 
We would meet again 
Some sunny day?
Vera! Vera!
What has become of you?
Does anybody else here
Feel the way I do?

 Just read on one of Pink Floyd's fan pages that "vera" means faith in Russian. The writer is suggesting that Water's is not only asking about Vera Lynn's promise to "meet again some sunny day" but referring to his wife's infidelity, noting that the asking of Vera Lynn "what has become of you" may not make as much sense as asking where faith has gone. Either way that's a sympathetic dream, the promise that all would be well and for so many it won't be. "When the Tigers broke Free" a favorite of mine also from the The Wall album

"When The Tigers Broke Free"

It was just before dawn
One miserable morning in black 'forty four.
When the forward commander
Was told to sit tight
When he asked that his men be withdrawn.
And the Generals gave thanks
As the other ranks held back
The enemy tanks for a while.
And the Anzio bridgehead
Was held for the price
Of a few hundred ordinary lives.

And kind old King George
Sent Mother a note
When he heard that father was gone.
It was, I recall,
In the form of a scroll,
With gold leaf adorned,
And I found it one day
In a drawer of old photographs, hidden away.
And my eyes still grow damp to remember
His Majesty signed
With his own rubber stamp.

It was dark all around.
There was frost in the ground
When the tigers broke free.
And no one survived
From the Royal Fusiliers Company Z.
They were all left behind,
Most of them dead,
The rest of them dying.
And that's how the High Command
Took my daddy from me.


Not heard in the movie, the lyrics continue with “In the street he envies all those lucky boys / Then wandered home to last year’s broken toys. / I’m so sorry for that laddie, / He hasn’t got a daddy. / The little boy that Santa Claus forgot.” Penned in 1937 by Michael Carr, Tommie Connor and and Jimmy Leach, and most memorably sung by Vera Lynn, “The Little Boy..” is a song at once nostalgic and poignant in its quiet depiction of that universal transition from innocence to experience (to borrow a poetic conceit from William Blake). Though ostensibly about a down-on-his-luck boy who receives nothing for Christmas because he’s from an impoverished family in which the father figure is absent, it’s easy to see how the simple story might have had a deeper significance in the context of the war-ravaged era in which it was written. So many of the songs of that time – Vera’s included – were populated with messages of hope barely covering a deeper unease, both for a past that seemed impossibly distant and a future that was as uncertain as it was eventual. (Ms. Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again” is a perfect example of such hopeful uncertainty, but more on that in the “Vera” analysis.) Removed though it is by a few narrative degrees from the war at hand, “The Little Boy…” is still a terrific illustration of the Western world struggling to come to terms with a reality far removed from its political, religious and social ideals. In a perfect world, as a proverb might go, all deserving children get presents at Christmastime regardless of wealth or social standing. The flipside of that adage, just like the flipside of “the Little Boy…”, is that this isn’t a perfect world; childhood naivete is quickly replaced with adulthood realization; fantasy with disenchantment; hope with envy.
The root of all desires is the one desire: to come home, to be at peace. -Jean Klein
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