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1183383.  Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:23 pm Reply with quote

I saw this in a recent episode and I believe they've got it wrong, they said there's no possibility of seeing bluebirds over the cliffs of Dover.

The Song "There will be Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover"
is not about birds, at all. It refers to the camouflage of the Fighter Planes in the Second World War; the underside of which were painted pale blue.
What cheered the populace, was that if they saw the planes returning from their sorties, it would be a sign of success. The planes would appear as though they were bluebirds in the sky. Hence the song.

1183385.  Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:30 pm Reply with quote

And you know this how?

1183389.  Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:47 pm Reply with quote

As a retrospective justification it's not bad, but the theory isn't supported by the rest of the lyrics. For instance it later says:

There'll be love and laughter
And peace ever after.
Tomorrow, when the world is free

Clearly implying that the "tomorrow", when she wants to see these "bluebirds" is a time when the war is over and no fighters will be flying over the channel rather than the ones safely returning "today".

Also the standard day-fighter colour scheme in 1941 (when the song was written) was a dark green & ocean grey splinter camouflage on the upper surfaces with an overall plain medium sea grey on the undersides (the duck-egg blue/green and sky type-S schemes having largely been abandoned by then).

So it should have been "There'll be GREY birds over the white cliffs of Dover" if that was what the song had meant.



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