There were summoned from the Hillside
They were calling 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 heart is breaking
Make it sing this cheery song.

Chorus: Keep the home fires burning
While your hearts are yearning
Though your lads are far away
They dream of home
There's a silver lining
Through the dark clouds shining
Turn the dark cloud inside out
Till the boys come home.

Overseas there comes a pleading
Held by nation in distress
And we gave our glorious 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.

Written and composed by Lena Guilbert Ford & Ivor Novello - 1914
Performed by Fred Barnes (1884-1938)
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