Vera

Album: The Wall (1979)
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Songfacts®:

  • "Vera" is Vera Lynn, a very popular British singer during World War II who hosted a BBC radio program called Sincerely Yours. Her morale-building ballads were extremely popular with servicemen; she appeared in an armed forces stage revue and toured Burma in 1944. She also made three wartime films.
  • Running 1:33, "Vera" is part of Pink Floyd's concept album The Wall where the main character, Pink, visits a battlefield in World War II, where his father was killed. It leads into the track "Bring The Boys Back Home," a call to end the war.

    Like most of the album, the song was written by Roger Waters, whose father was killed in WWII. He often refers to war in his lyrics.
  • In "Vera," Roger Waters is referencing Lynn's famous song "We'll Meet Again" when he sings:

    Remember how she said that
    We would meet again some sunny day?


    Lynn's song goes:

    We'll meet again
    Don't know where, don't know when
    But I know we'll meet again some sunny day
  • In Pink Floyd's film The Wall, the music heard playing during the opening credits is "The Little Boy that Santa Forgot" performed by Vera Lynn. That song is about a fatherless boy.

Comments: 25

  • Rex from United StatesI always thought "Vera Lynn" was the representation of all the wives/girlfriends who waited at the train stations for their man to come back home from war. I had no idea she was an actual person. Even so, Vera, in my mind was a reflection on all the heartbreak and sorrow brought on by the war and how, since then, no one remembers her or even cares what happened to her. A surefire way to repeat the past.
  • SpiveyMy third child was to be named Vera lynn we Will meet again some sunny day
  • Antony from Victoria, AustraliaI believe Vera Lynn is about the train that brought the soldiers back from the war. It was named Dame Vera Lynn (WD (7)3672 (8431). Yes she sung the words but to me the song refers in 2 parts with her and the train. In the clip you see the train delivering the soldiers (Vera Lynn train), yet the train did not bring his father back? Could be the 100000 times I've watch it on acid but... So much to " The Wall"
  • Jeffrey from Wilkes-barre, PaThis is for Tammy, New Waterford, NS, you're absolutely right about the Aussie tour! I saw them when they came to the Wilkes-Barre Kirby Center and it was phenomenal!
  • Bob from Grand Junction, Co"Where the hell are you?" "Where the hell are you, Simon?"
  • Sid from Birmingham, MiWhile I do very much agree with Terry from RI, I must add another layer to this song that is imerative to understand its potential meaning at the point in which it occurs in the Wall. I've read that Roger Waters growing up without his father cherished "We'll Meet Again" by Vera Lynn, because the song created a link for him to his deceased father. At the point in the Wall in which he BELLOWS out Vera Lynn, Pink has resigned himself to the fact that he will never leave the wall he created, nor connect on any real level with any human being again. He is calling out Vera Lynn specifically to signify that he no longer holds onto the link to his father or a real life in the world. Vera's song of hope and reconnection is all but forgotten, and I believe that personal connection to the song and his admition of a total break from society are very relevant. Roger Waters is very capable of that level of poetry as a song writer to hit both Terry fron RI's description above of the state of England post war, and also and more importantly Pink's personal rift with the world and Vera Lynn's optimistic hold on his childhood feelings of possible reconnection with his dead father that are now completely gone within the confines of the Wall.
  • Terry from Wickford, RiThis is a direct comment on the state of England in the Post War era and is a sentiment explored more fully on The Final Cut. Vera Lynn symbolized hope for England during WWII with her songs of positivity and hope. She is still, to this day, such a national treasure that she knocked the Beatles remasters off the charts and has a #1 album in the UK (Sept, 2009). So, the song is about her directly and what she represented and the sadness of the Post War dream's defeat...nothing got better, the dream failed to materialize for Britain. Pink is in his hotel room at this point in the narrative and that screech you hear is the brakes of a car or truck(or train)from whatever movie Pink is watching at the time. It's a sound effect, not a violin or missile or part of the actual song. It leads into what Waters calls the central song of the album, Bring the Boys Back Home.
  • Tammy from New Waterford, NsI love Pink Floyd...if anyone gets a chance to see The Aussie Pink Floyd Show you should definately go...they're just like the real band only more exact to the albums...I saw them twice so far and they blew my mind.
  • Matt from Salisbury, MdI always thought vera was his ex-wife or something, I never even thought it was a real person.
  • Nathan from Willow Spring, NcThis song is very emotional. Pink is remeniscing on things no one cares about, so thats why they say "Does any else in here feel the way I do?" No one does because they dont care. It transfers into the train scene, which is what he is thinking about.
  • James from Bedford, CanadaThe first time I heard this song I did not know that Vera was an actual person. I did receive a strong thought though, it was pretty scary. Well, you know the bomb that goes off and then he says "Does anybody here remember..?" I thought he was talking about a previous planet we lived on, where there was a war that peaked and everything was wiped out by a big explosion. And then "Remember how she said that we would meet again?" Perhaps that is what Earth is? Sounds crazy, I know, but if you look at the situation the world is in with war it seems like only a matter of time before one of the many nuclear bombs explodes. That's what makes this song so scary (if this is an accurate interpretation). I also saw the song through a different perspective, which was really sad. It was that a couple falls in love and then the man goes to war but before he leaves he meets with his girlfriend, who tells them that they will meet again on a beautiful day when all is well. Unfortunately, the man does not make it back to her, so this song is asking about Vera (the girl the man was in love with), and what has become of her. Also, now that I see that Vera Lynn was an actual person, I can see how it makes sense in a literal way. But these other perspectives aren't necessarily wrong- in fact, I find they hold more feeling than the common literal interpretation. Oh, and the screech that happens in the song is made on violin (I'm quite sure, because the song features violins in other places). It is right after he says "Remember how she said that we would meet again", its pretty creepy.
  • Mike from Bristol, CtThis song also mirrors Vera Lynn's actual song "We'll meet again" pretty closely if you start the vocals of both songs at the same instant.
  • Musicmama from New York, NyThis is one of those songs that even people who hate Pink Floyd could like. It does have a pretty, catchy melody. I say this not to denigrate this song, but to point out that there's a very good reason why this song is where it is in the album: It echoes the last hope, so to speak--however illusory that hope may be--before Pink goes irrevocably over the edge. (I think he's there by the time he finishes "Comfortably Numb.") Yay Pink Floyd!
  • Hank from Pompano Beach, FlThe melody of this song is touching. I'm learning how to cover it today!
  • Chelsea from Wichita, Ksthe eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee noise come on my iPod at 35 seconds,it's sounds more like a missile to me,which would make more sense then a train.
  • Chelsea from Wichita, KsI really love this song,I have no clue why,it's kinda pretty,really short though.
  • Patrick from Tallapoosa, GaTyler from Canada is right. The name of the song is "The Little Boy Santa Forgot."
  • Ryan from Plano, TxPink isn't well. He stayed back at the hotel.
  • Katie from Las Vegas, Nvi think waters is talking about the false hope people gave the troops about coming home.
  • Patrick from Conyers, GaThis song blends into "Bring the Boys Back Home". In the film, after the troops have left the train and met up with their families, everyone sings "Bring the Boys Back Home", with young Pink still looking for his father. Very moving scene, actually.
  • Tyler from Brantford, CanadaIf you listen closely at the beginning of the movie The Wall with the hotel hallroom scene and of Pink's Mickey Mouse watch it is actually a Vera Lynn song playing.
  • Joseph from Modesto, Ca"at the 40 second mark there is a wierd skreech or eeeeeeeeeeee noise. does anyone know what is that?"

    It's a train braking. It'll make sense if you see the movie of The Wall.
  • Tony from St Louis, Moat the 40 second mark there is a wierd skreech or eeeeeeeeeeee noise. does anyone know what is that?
  • Andres from Santa Rosa, CaWater's Father died in WWII so he feels that the song by lynn was not true and he wishes it was. This was one of the reasons Pink builds The Wall.
  • Seth from Brooklyn, NyThe song refers to the lyrics of Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again." You may remember hearing it in the closing scene of Dr. Strangelove.
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