Wish Me Luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye)



A marching arrangement of the song by Phil Park and Harry Parr-Davies, made popular during the Second World War by Gracie Fields. It appeared in Fields’ 1939 film Shipyard Sally. Its use in the film is patriotic, Stephen C. Shafer argues, although the song in this context did not reference the war as the film was released prior to its outbreak.

Over the years it has been performed and recorded by many artists, including Vera LynnElsie CarlisleChas & DaveCyril Grantham and Jack Hylton.

Laura Wright and Collabro performed the song at VE Day 70: A Party to Remember at Horse Guards Parade in London. The song was performed by Coronation Street‘s Hilda Ogden in her final episode. The character, known for her off-key singing, chose this as her farewell song.