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I REMEMBER from when I was young, at family get-together's, my parents stories about what happened during the war. My Family lived in north London (Finchley) during the war so didn't get it as bad as some parts. But still I was fascinated by their stories of sleeping in underground stations, near misses, incendiary bombs, air raid warden duty, shrapnel coming through roofs, "spivs" who could apparently get anything, for a price, despite the rationing, hiding under the stairs or in the Anderson shelter when the air sirens went and many other things.
These gatherings often included a degree of drinking and singing of songs that had been popular though the war. It seemed that going through these hardships together engendered a great community spirit which lingered long after the war had ended and which these songs helped to revive. The songs listed here include many of those I can remember being sung and from old records being played at the time. I expect many of you out there of a certain age will have similar memories and I hope seeing these songs again will bring you the same nostalgia it brought to me when compiling them. This collection obviously has a bit of an English bias, if you are more interested in American hit songs of the war years see this page: Top hit song lyrics taken from the American music charts of 1930 to 1950
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|A Farmers Boy (George Formby) A Lad From Lancashire (George Formby) A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (Anne Shelton) A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square Ac Cent Tchu Ate The Positive (Andrews Sisters) All Going Back (George Formby) All The Nice Girls Love A Sailor Along The Navajo Trail (Andrews Sisters) Always In My Heart (Glen Miller) American Medley (George Formby) Andy The Handy Man (George Formby) April Showers Around The World (Gracie Fields) As The Hours And The Days And The Weeks (George Formby) Auf Wiedersehen Auld Lang Syne Auntie Maggies Remedy (George Formby) Aurora (Andrews Sisters) Ave Maria (Gracie Fields) Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar (Andrews Sisters) Beer Barrel Polka Roll Out The Barrel (Andrews Sisters) Bei Mir Bist Du Schn Means Youre Grand (Andrews Sisters) Bill Bailey Blackpool Rock (George Formby) Bless 'em All Blue Orchids (Glen Miller) Blue Rain (Glen Miller) Blueberry Hill (Glen Miller) Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (Andrews Sisters) Bunkums Travelling Show (George Formby) Bye Bye Blackbird Careless (Glen Miller) Chattanooga Choo Choo (Glen Miller) Chinese Laundry Blues (George Formby) Civilization Bongo Bongo Bongo (Andrews Sisters) Coming In On The Wing And A Prayer Crosstown (Glen Miller) Cuanto La Gusta (Andrews Sisters) Daisy Bell Danny Boy Devil May Care (Glen Miller) Do De O Do (George Formby) Doing The Lambeth Walk Don't Dilly Dally My Old Man Said Follow The Van Dont Fence Me In (Andrews Sisters) Dont Sit Under The Apple Tree (Andrews Sisters) Dont Sit Under The Apple Tree (Glen Miller) Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree Down At The Old Bull And Bush Down Forget Me Not Lane (Flanagan Allen) Early One Morning Ee By Gum (Gracie Fields) Elmers Tune (Glen Miller) Everything Stops For Tea Evrything I Love (Glen Miller) Faithful Forever (Glen Miller) Ferry Boat Serenade (Andrews Sisters) Five Oclock Whistle (Glen Miller) Fools Rush In (Glen Miller) Gaucho Serenade (Glen Miller) Good Bye Ee Goodnight Sweetheart Green Grow The Rushes O Handful Of Stars (Glen Miller) Happy Days And Lonely Nights Harbor Lights I Saw The Harbor Lights They Only Told He Wears A Pair Of Silver Wings Heart Of My Heart Hold Tight Want Some Seafood Mama (Andrews Sisters) Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy How Much Is That Doggie In The Window Humpty Dumpty Heart (Glen Miller) I'll Be Seeing You I'll Pray For You I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside Sing Along Midi English M I Guess Ill Have To Dream The Rest (Glen Miller) I Never Cried So Much In All My Life (Gracie Fields) I Took My Harp To A Party (Gracie Fields) I Wanna Be Loved (Andrews Sisters) I Went All Hot And Cold (George Formby) If You Dont Want The Goods Dont Maul Em (George Formby) If You Were The Only Girl In The World Ill Be With You In Apple Blossom Time (Andrews Sisters) Ill Pray For You (Andrews Sisters) Im Henery Eighth Im Stepping Out With A Memory Tonight (Glen Miller) Imagination (Glen Miller) In An Old Dutch Garden (Glen Miller) In My Little Bottom Drawer (Gracie Fields) In The Mood (Andrews Sisters) In The Mood (Glen Miller) Indian Summer (Glen Miller) Is You Is Or Is You Aint Ma Baby (Andrews Sisters) Isle Of Capri (Gracie Fields) It's A Long Way To Tipperary Ive Got A Gal In Kalamazoo (Glen Miller) I'll Be Seeing You Jerusalem Jukebox Saturday Night (Glen Miller) Keep Right On To The End Of The Road Keep The Home Fires Burning Keep Your Seats Please (George Formby) Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major Kiss Of Fire (Anne Shelton) Knees Up Mother Brown Land Of Hope And Glory Laura (Anne Shelton) Lay Down Your Arms (Anne Shelton) Leaning On A Lamp Post (George Formby) Lili Marlene (Anne Shelton) Lillie Marlene Little Donkey (Gracie Fields) Mademoiselle From Armentieres Man Who Broke Bank Monte Carlo Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner Mister Five By Five (Andrews Sisters) Moonlight Becomes You Near You (Andrews Sisters) Now Is The Hour (Gracie Fields) Now Is The Hour Maori Farewell Song Oh, You Beautiful Doll Oh How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning Oh Oh Antonio On The Sunny Side Of The Street Orange Blosom Lane (Glen Miller) Our Love Affair (Glen Miller) Over The Rainbow (Glen Miller) Over There Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag Pack Up Your Troubles Smile Smile Smile Pack Up Your Troubles Pal Of My Cradle Days Pedro The Fisherman (Gracie Fields) Pistol Packin Mama (Andrews Sisters) Rancho Pillow (Andrews Sisters) Red Sails In The Sunset (Gracie Fields) Rhumboogie (Andrews Sisters) Rockin' Around Christmas Tree Roll Out The Barrel Words By Lew Brown, Music By J Vejvoda R Roses Of Picardy Rule Britannia Rum And Coca Cola (Andrews Sisters) Rumors Are Flying (Andrews Sisters) Run Rabbit Run Run. Rabbit Run (Flanagan Allen) Sailor (Anne Shelton) Sally (Gracie Fields) She Was A Sweet Little Dicky Bird Ship Ahoy Shoo Shoo Baby (Andrews Sisters) Sing As We Go (Gracie Fields) Singin' In The Rain Skylark (Glen Miller) South America Take It Away (Andrews Sisters) Straighten Up And Fly Right (Andrews Sisters) Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty Tallahassee (Andrews Sisters) Teach Me Tonight (Anne Shelton) The Army, The Navy And The Air Force The Biggest Aspidistra In The World (Gracie Fields) The Call Of The Canyon (Glen Miller) The Lady From 29 Palms (Andrews Sisters) The Man With The Mandolin (Glen Miller) The Shrine Of Saint Cecilia (Andrews Sisters) The Sun Has Got His Hat On The White Cliffs Of Dover (Glen Miller) The Woodpecker Song (Glen Miller) The World Will Sing Again There'll Always Be An England There Is A Tavern In The Town This Is The Army Mr_ Jones Three Little Sisters (Andrews Sisters) Ti Pi Tin (Andrews Sisters) Toolie Oolie Doolie The Yodel Polka (Andrews Sisters) Two Lovely Black Eyes Underneath The Arches (Flanagan Allen) Walter Walter (Gracie Fields) We'll Keep A Welcome We'll Meet Again We're All Good Pals Together We're Gonna Hang Outhe Washing On The Siegfried Line (Flanagan Allen) Were The Couple In The Castle (Glen Miller) We're Going To Hang Out The Washing On The Siegfried Line What Can You Give A Nudist On His Birthday (Gracie Fields) Whats The Good Of A Birthday The Birthday Song (Gracie Fields) When Im Cleanin Windows (George Formby) When The Lights Go Up In London When You Wish Upon A Star (Glen Miller) White Cliffs Of Dover Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr Hitler Why Couldnt It Last Last Night (Glen Miller) Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye (Gracie Fields) Wishing (Glen Miller) Wishing Will Make It So (Glen Miller) You're Driving Me Crazy You Always Hurt The One You Love You And I (Glen Miller) You Are My Sunshine You Call Everybody Darling (Andrews Sisters) You Made Me Love You Yours|