Keep the Homefires Burning

Words: Lena Guilbert Ford, Music: Ivor Novello
(Recorded by Tom Lewis on Mixed Cargo)

They were called in from the hillside, they were summoned from the glen,
And the country found them ready, at the stirring call for: "Men".
Let no tears add to their hardships, as the soldiers pass along,
And although your hearts are breaking, you must sing this cheery song:

Keep the home fires burning while your hearts are yearning,
Though the lads are far away they dream of home,
There's a silver lining through the dark clouds shining,
Turn the dark clouds inside out 'til the boys come home.

Overseas there came a pleading, help a nation in distress,
And we gave our valiant 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".

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