In 1939, we went to war
I was enlisted to a job I never had ever done before,
In Air Raid precautions I had to go,
What awaited me I did not know.
First came the bombs, all over town
and many a time our bodies lay down,
Shaking with Horror, then with Fear,
Friends blown apart, Friends we loved so dear.
Our job was to lift what was, left with a heavy heart.
Then came the All Clear, but oh! What was a sight!
We were lifting dead bodies for the rest of the night.
Tired and weary, and very sad
One of the worst nights we ever had.
How could we know what would happen night after night?
As we looked in horror at Plymouth City all night.
Burning alive the bodies that were there,
Please, GOD, surely this isn't fair?
How we felt, no-one will ever know,
Those poor souls, what a way to go!
Our job was heartbreaking how did we survive?
We prayed and gave thanks for being alive.
In 1940, aged just 24, my brother was killed by this terrible war,
Witty and Jolly, so full of fun, at that tender age,
his job was done.
We had to stay strong for his sake, but how much can a family take?
Then, at last, the news came through; at last we could start our lives anew.
In the shelters, we were dancing and singing,
waiting for the bells to start ringing.
To tell us that Germany had surrendered
And our fears and worries had now ended.
Thank you Lord for this defeat!
Peace at last, oh! What a treat!
My man came home, returned to me
All in one piece I was glad to see.
And we were married in December.
It was the happiest day of my life
The day he asked me to become his wife!
No more long and sleepless nights,
Just him and I, for the rest of our life.
Peace at last, no more war,
Life will go on, just as before.
There's so much more I could say
But, I tire so much at the end of the day!
Maybe one day, I will tell the whole story
O how we fought a war, and ended in Glory.