It was written for the 1943 film The Sky's the Limit, where it was introduced by Sally Sweetland - who dubbed for Joan Leslie - backed by Freddie Slack and his orchestra. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. The song became a hit, in a version recorded by Glen Gray with Eugenie Baird as vocalist, but only slowly, taking four months to achieve recognition on Your Hit Parade having entered the charts on January 22, 1944 (the film was premiered on September 2, 1943). The song's title, and opening line: "This will be my shining hour", is believed to have been a reference to Winston Churchill's famous rallying call to British citizens during the war: "This will be our finest hour".
This moment, this minute And each second in it Will leave a glow upon the sky And as time goes by, it will never die
This will be my shining hour Calm and happy and bright And in my dreams, your face will flower Through the darkness of the night
Like the lights of home before me Or an angel, who's watching o'er me This will be my shining hour 'til I'm with you again
(Like the lights of home before me) (Or an angel watching o'er me) This will be my shining hour 'til I'm with you... again