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WWII song

I should have posted this 5 days ago when me and my mother observed Russian V-day which is simultaneously remembrance day of all perished during WWII. Mother remembers the time vividly. I was also born early enough to hear and learn about WWII from my folks who took part in, and from books and movies which were plenty till, say, 1975. To some extent, my feelings about WWII are personal coming from intense impressions of my childhood, like stories about my relatives who did not make it through.

Among other activities, we listen to WWII songs, mostly scrolling youtube. Bad thing about Russian culture is that good songs are somber, and best songs really intend to crash your emotions to complete misery (very mush like Portugese ones do). So after some time we started to look for something merrier. I recalled one American song translated and promoted in Russia by a celebrated jazz-man of the time. Here it goes

One of our planes was missing 
Two hours overdue, 
One of our planes was missing 
With all it’s gallant crew, 
The radio sets were humming, 
They waited for a word, 
Then a voice broke through the humming 
And this is what they heard: 

Comin’ in on a wing and a prayer, 
Comin’ in on a wing and a prayer, 
Though there’s one motor gone 
We can still carry on, 
Comin’ in on a wing and a prayer. 

What a show! What a fight! 
Yes, we really hit our target for tonight! 

How we sing as we limp through the air, 
Look below, there’s our field over there, 
With our full crew aboard 
And our trust in the Lord 

We’re comin’ in on a wing and a prayer. 

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