- (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover
"(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover" was a popular World War II song made famous by
Vera Lynnwith her 1942 recording--one of her best known recordings. Written in 1941 by Walter Kentand Nat Burton, the song was also among the most popular Second World Wartunes. It was written to uplift the spirits of the Allies at a time when Nazi Germany had conquered much of Europe's area and was bombing England.
The song's lyrics looked toward a time when the war would be over and peace would rule over the iconic
white cliffs of Dover, Britain's de facto border with the European mainland. At the time British and German aircraft were fighting over the cliffs of Dover.
"The White Cliffs of Dover" is one of many popular songs that use a "
Bluebird of Happiness" as a symbol of cheer. Ironically, though, there are no bluebirds in Britain; they are an American species.
Other people to cover the song or sing about the white cliffs include
Glenn Miller, The Righteous Brothers, Kaye Kyser, Kate Smith, Blur, in the song "Clover Over Dover", Coil, in the song "Ostia (The death of Pasolini)"; The Decemberists, Louis Prima, Robson and Jerome, Clutch, Andrew Bird, Current 93and Fatboy Slim. Other poetry includes Alice Duer Miller's "The White Cliffs", on which the 1944 film The White Cliffs of Dover was based. The cliffs are also mentioned in Jimmy Cliff's hit Many Rivers to Cross and rap duo EPMD's Crossover.
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