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"There'll Always Be an England" is an English patriotic song, written and distributed in the summer of 1939, which became highly popular upon the outbreak of World War II. It was composed and written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles, and a popular version was sung by Vera Lynn.

"There'll Always Be an England"
Cover of sheet music for There'll Always Be An England by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles.jpg
Sheet music cover
Song by Vera Lynn
GenrePatriotic song
Songwriter(s)Ross Parker, Hughie Charles


The song first appeared in Discoveries, a 1939 film by Carroll Levis, where it was sung by the boy soprano Glyn Davies. After war broke out on September 1, the song became a hit for Vera Lynn. Within the first two months of the war, 200,000 copies of the sheet music were sold.[1]

A version of this song was sung by Tiny Tim at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. The punk band The Sex Pistols are also famous for entering on stage to this tune. It is also the name of their only live DVD.

An instrumental version was used for the theme tune of the BBC Radio comedy satire Little Blighty on the Down.


  1. ^ Seidenberg, Steven, Maurice Sellar and Lou Jones (1995). You Must Remember This: Songs at the Heart of the War. Boxtree. ISBN 978-0-7522-1065-0. See pp. 28-29.

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