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British Traditional Songs Keep the Home Fires Burning
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TRADITIONAL BRITISH SONGS
SONGS OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES

 

KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING

 

 

Keep the Home Fires Burning

They were summoned from the hillside,
They were called in from the glen,
And the Country found them ready
At the stirring call for men.
Let no tears add to their hardship.
As the soldiers pass along,
And although your heart is breaking
Make it sing this cheery song.

Keep the home fires burning,
While your hearts are yearning,
Though your lads are far away
They dream of Home;
There's a silver lining
Through the dark cloud shining
Turn the dark cloud inside out,
Till the boys come home.

Over the seas there came a pleading,
'Help a nation in distress!'
And we gave our glorious laddies;
Honour bade us do no less.
For no gallant Son of Britain
To a foreign yoke shall bend.
And no Englishman is silent
To the sacred call of Friend.


Keep the home fires burning,
While your hearts are yearning,
Though your lads are far away
They dream of Home;
There's a silver lining
Through the dark cloud shining
Turn the dark cloud inside out,
Till the boys come home.

This popular song of World War I was written by Lena Guilbert Ford in 1919 to music by Ivor Novello.

 


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latest update: 14/06/03