I remember when...
I REMEMBER when the war began,The sirens would sound at night,We'd get up, dress and wonder about,Yet there'd not be a bomber in sight,So we'd yarn away to the neighbours.
I REMEMBER when the war began,
The sirens would sound at night,
We'd get up, dress and wonder about,
Yet there'd not be a bomber in sight,
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So we'd yarn away to the neighbours.
The boys would go scrumping for fruit
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Over the gardens where people were evacuated,
Then they'd come back with their loot.
Things soon changed, the bombers came
We could hear them overhead.
We had changed too, we didn't get up
Till the crash warning went, then fled
Into the shelter, we'd run for our lives.
As the ack-ack guns fired on a plane
There we'd sit till a quiet time came,
Make some tea, then dash back again.
Yes, the bombers came by night and day
They bombed dear old Lowestoft a lot.
Sometimes you'd get caught away from home,
Just hoped things would not get too hot.
The boys just went in the Home Guard
Then volunteered for the forces to fight
While we continued to play hide and seek
When the bombers came into sight.
Then came the doodle bugs, nasty things,
You could hear them in the sky,
When the engine suddenly stopped
You knew great danger was nigh.
Many folks lost their homes,
Many lives were lost in the fray,
Six blooming years we weathered the storm
Till at last the great victory day.
I was in the Methodist Chapel, in Commodore Road at Sunday School, when we heard war was declared.