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Nat Burton - The White Cliffs of Dover (1941)

There'll be blue birds over   The white cliffs of Dover,   Tomorrow, just you wait and see.   There'll be love and laughter   And peace ever after   Tomorrow, when the world is free.   The shepherd will tend his sheep,  The valley will bloom again   And Jimmy will go to sleep,   In his own little room again.  There'll be blue birds over   The white cliffs of Dover,   Tomorrow, just you wait and see.     Words - Nat Burton Melody - Walter Kent Published - 1941  The White Cliffs look better from a distance. Indeed, the greater  the distance the better it would seem. Nat Burton, the lyricist of  their most celebrated song, who improbably put 'blue birds over  the white cliffs of Dover', was an American who had not been  within 3,000 miles of the place. But reality never bothered a  good myth. The cliffs loom larger, whiter, and sturdier in the  imagination than they do in fact. '(There`ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover' is one of  the most famous of all the World War II era pop classics. It  became a sensational hit in 1942, as it reflected the feelings of  all the Allies towards the British people in their brave fight  against Hitler. Originally released in the U.S. by bandleader Kay Kyser, four  other artists also hit the top 20 with this song that year: Glenn  Miller, Sammy Kaye, Jimmy Dorsey and Kate Smith. The most  well known version of the song on this side of the Atlantic is  probably the one recorded by Vera Lynn in 1942. Other artists  who have recorded this standard include: Connie Francis, Jim  Reeves, The Righteous Brothers and Bing Crosby. In June 1995  a version by Robson and Jerome, in a medley with “Unchained  Melody”, went to No. 1 in the UK.
Sheet Music Cover of 'The White Cliffs of Dover'. Back to Words Index The White Cliffs of Dover. A view of Langdon Cliffs about 1900.