First released in 1939, ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Dame Vera Lynn gets a new lease of life with classical artist Kathryn Jenkins.
The wartime hit, released 81 years ago brought hope and joy to the nation and was a key note in the recent speech by Queen Elizabeth II, amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Calling on people to stay resilient, the Queen said: “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return…We will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again.” That speech alone was viewed by over 24 million people which resulted in a resurgence of sales for the song.
The duet re-recorded by the Dame Vera and Jenkins looks to raise money for NHS Charities Together – helping to provide food, mental health care and car parking for staff working on the front line.
Dame Vera Lynn, who celebrated her 103rd birthday last month said; “The words ‘We’ll meet again’ speak to the hope we should all have during these troubling times”.
Jenkins added: “As Dame Vera herself has said, while the lyrics of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ take us back to the time of WW2, the sentiment feels appropriate and meaningful today and relevant to the current crisis. It is a song of hope and Dame Vera and I sing this in honour of (and in aid of) our superhero NHS workers and their families. They are putting themselves at risk to ensure we will meet our dearest again.”