The Longest Day
Mitch Miller Lyrics


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Many men came here as soldiers
Many men will pass this way
Many men will count the hours
As they live the longest day

Many men are tired and weary
Many men are here to stay
Many men won't see the sunset
When it ends the longest day

The longest day
the longest day
This will be
the longest day
Filled with hopes and filled with fears
Filled with blood and sweat and tears

Many men the mighty thousands
Many men to victory
Marching on right into battle
In the longest day in history

The longest day
the longest day
This will be
the longest day
Filled with hopes and filled with fears
Filled with blood and sweat and tears

Many men the mighty thousands
Many men to victory




Marching on right into battle
In the longest day in history

Overall Meaning

The song "The Longest Day" by Mitch Miller commemorates the events of D-Day, which took place on June 6, 1944 when Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. The first verse refers to the soldiers who came to fight on this day and the many who will never leave after it, having lost their lives in battle. The line "Many men will count the hours" refers to the anxiety that the soldiers felt as they awaited the start of the battle, and the uncertainty of what lay ahead. The second verse speaks to the exhaustion and weariness that the soldiers experienced as they fought throughout the day, and the fact that many of them would not survive to see the end of it. The chorus echoes the sentiment that this was the longest day with a lot of hopes, fears, sweat, blood, and tears being shed.


The song was written by Paul Anka, a Canadian singer-songwriter, and performed by Mitch Miller, a popular musician and bandleader, in 1962. The track was a commercial hit and was used in the eponymously titled film, "The Longest Day," which came out in the same year. The movie starred big-name actors such as John Wayne, Sean Connery, and Richard Burton.


Line by Line Meaning

Many men came here as soldiers
A large number of men arrived to this place to serve as soldiers.


Many men will pass this way
Several men will walk along this path.


Many men will count the hours
A plethora of men will calculate the time they spend living through this momentous day.


As they live the longest day
While they experience the never-ending day that the surroundings offer.


Many men are tired and weary
Numerous men are exhausted and fatigued.


Many men are here to stay
Several men have taken the decision to not leave this place.


Many men won't see the sunset
A considerable amount of men won't witness the end of the day.


When it ends the longest day
When the sun sets and the day comes to an end, after managing to feel like forever.


The longest day
A day that seems to never end.


This will be
It is clear that today will become.


Filled with hopes and filled with fears
Brimming with aspirations and apprehensions.


Filled with blood and sweat and tears
Replete with physical attempts and emotions.


Many men the mighty thousands
A formidable multitude of men.


Many men to victory
Several men destined to triumph.


Marching on right into battle
Advancing towards a scuffle or confrontation.


In the longest day in history
During the period of time that turned into the longest day ever witnessed by humanity.




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