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Wartime Blackouts


Lyrics composed by John Henderson on the 25th of March, 2012,
to Walter Kent's 1941 music for the wartime song,
'
There's Bluebirds Over The White Cliffs of Dover',
played here by Jim Bottorff.


The Forth-Clyde Canal was near where we lived
During each wartime year;
I remember night-times in black-out dark,
And droning that would bring-on fear;
Yes, even to this day, I still can hear dad say, "Quick .. Quick ...

Check each window shutter, so no little flutter
Or flicker, shows our house is here;
Then no plane might empty, its bombs one or twenty
Upon us, then on homeward steer;
Now go to your bed and sleep
Till morning bids you arise;
Next open the blinds a peep
To the sounds of larks' welcome cries;
A new day has started, dire threats have departed
Till night--time when planes re-appear."

Repeat:
Check each window shutter, so no little flutter
Or flicker, shows our house is here;
Then no plane might empty, its bombs one or twenty
Upon us, then on homeward steer;
Now go to your bed and sleep
Till morning bids you arise;
Next open the blinds a peep
To the sounds of larks' welcome cries;
For a new day's started, dire threats have departed
Till night--time when planes re-appear."


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