This song absolutely means WWII to the English. You get a roomful of English people in their 70s or older and put this on and there won't be a dry eye in the house./Or even people in their 50s, if I'm in the room.
BTW, Dame Vera (as she's known in England) is still alive and well at 95 years old and recently became the oldest person to ever top the charts in England when her greatest hits CD when to number one./And stay off her lawn.
Every single time my grandmother heard that song, whether it was on the radio, during Remembrance Day commemorations, or (the last time she heard it) it was the background music on a commercial, she told the story of the last time she saw a friend of hers as he was leaving there home town on the train bound for military training with the RCAF. He was singing that song. He never came back.
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