Songs From The War Years: A Celebration In Music (3cd set)

Artist: Various Artists
Format: 3CD
Bar-code: 5060259820533
Cat No: DAY3CD053


Never underestimate the power of music to capture human emotion and raise the human spirit. The proof is in this stirring collection. These sixty songs from the two world wars of the twentieth century capture the longing for peace and home by soldiers so very far from either. But they also demonstrate humanity’s capacity to find humour even in the darkest hours, and its readiness to work together, to sing together, for the greater good. No one personifies that sense of coming together in adversity more than Dame Vera Lynn. She sings four songs here, including two of the most rousing British wartime melodies of all time.

There isn’t space here to tell the story of every song in this release, but every song has one to tell. Sit back and be moved by the music and the memories. Enjoy the songs that kept spirits up and helped win two world wars.

CD 1

1. Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny! Oh! – The Andrews Sisters
2. This Is The Army, Mister Brown – Harry Roy
3. (We’re Gonna Hang) The Washing On The Siegfried Line – Flanagan & Allen
4. Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty – Ella Retford
5. Goodbye-Ee – Courtland & Jeffries
6. Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye – Gracie Fields
7. Hey Little Hen – Nat Gonella & His Georgians
8. Sister Susie’s Sewing Shirts For Soldiers – Bill Murray
9. Whispering Grass (Don’t Tell The Trees) – The Ink Spots
10. It’s A Long Way To Tipperary – John McCormack
11. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square – Anne Shelton
12. Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition – Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
13. Over There – Nora Bayes
14. Yours – Vera Lynn
15. Good Morning, Mr. Zip-Zip-Zip! – Arthur Fields And The Peerless Quartet
16. The Sun Has Got His Hat On – Sam Brown
17. Roll Out The Barrel – The Rex Massed Bands & Chorus
18. You’ll Never Know – Dick Haymes
19. The Laddies Who Fought And Won – Harry Lauder
20. Goodnight Sweetheart – Al Bowlly

CD 2

1. There’ll Always Be An England – Alfred Piccaver
2. Bless ‘Em All – George Formby
3. Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag – Reinald Werrenrath
4. Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major – Billy Cotton & His Band With Alan Breeze
5. The World Will Sing Again – Betty Driver With Harry Roy’s Orchestra
6. It’s Time For Every Boy To Be A Soldier – Charles H. Hart
7. Run, Rabbit, Run – Flanagan & Allen
8. American Patrol – Glenn Miller
9. How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down On The Farm – Harry Fay
10. Painting The Clouds With Sunshine – Jack Hylton
11. The Homecoming Waltz – Donald Peers
12. Lili Marlene – Lale Andersen
13. In The Quartermaster’s Stores – Tommy Handley
14. They Can’t Black Out The Moon – Harry Roy & His Orchestra
15. I’ve Got My Captain Working For Me Now – Al Jolson
16. When The Light Go On Again (All Over The World) – Vaughn Monroe
17. The Sunshine Of Your Smile – John McCormack
18. The White Cliffs Of Dover – Vera Lynn
19. Roses Of Picardy – Ted Lewis
20. I’ll Be Seeing You – Anne Shelton


1. Sing As We Go – Gracie Fields
2. Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer – Ambrose & His Orchestra With Anne Shelton
3. Keep The Home Fires Burning – John McCormack
4. Mr Wu’s An Air Raid Warden Now – George Formby
5. Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree – The Andrews Sisters
6. There’s A Boy Coming Home On Leave – Bebe Daniels & Ben Lyon
7. Till The Clouds Roll By – Anna Wheaton & James Harrod
8. Be Like The Kettle And Sing – Vera Lynn
9. The Spitfire Song  – Joe Loss & His Orchestra With Sam Browne
10. Oh! It’s A Lovely War – Courtland & Jeffries
11. Let The Rest Of The World Go By – Elizabeth Spencer And Charles Hart
12. When They Sound The Last All Clear – Harry Roy And His Band
13. I’ve Got Sixpence – Billy Cotton & His Band
14. I Didn’t Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier – Morton Harvey
15. I’ll Get By – The Ink Spots
16. Roll Me Over – Primo Scala
17. A Nice Cup Of Tea – Binnie Hale
18. Mademoiselle From Armentieres – Jack Charman
19. Down Forget-Me-Not Lane – Flanagan & Allen
20. We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn