Every day from now until Spring, I will play a song from each year from 1940-2020. I’ll also write a little bit about the song and why I chose it to represent that year.
I first heard this song at the end credits of the movie “Dr. Strangelove”. It was meant sardonically in that film, but the song really had significance to the people of Britain in 1940. World War 2 had started and the draft was on. Almost every able-bodied man was called up. Many people were afraid that they would never see their husbands, sons, and brothers again. The song attempts to instill optimism even though everyone knew it wasn’t going to end well for most.
This song is pretty much apropos of where I am as I enter this new decade. I am choosing to stay positive, but I know I could possibly lose several elderly family members over the next 10 years. This is also the decade where I and most of my peers will retire. I could succumb to melancholy but I prefer to cling to hope. Like this song, I want to find something to look for and stubbornly claim it.