Song Lyric Sunday: Be Back Soon!

The prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is
Arrivederci, Bon-voyage, Ciao, Farewell, Goodbye, Hasta la vista, Sayonara or Shalom.

The song must contain one of these words in either the title or the lyrics.

Here is a song of farewell with an invitation to Be Back Soon. It’s from the 1968 movie Oliver! A musical based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

This is a wonderful film for all the family with its touching scenes of child abuse, theft, prostitution and murder. Lovely!

Ron Moody portrayed Fagin in the original London theatrical production and subsequently in the film. He was the first Jewish actor to play the role. And toned down much of the anti-Semitic characterisation of previous screen adaptations of Fagin.

Theatre buffs please note the song from the film has a few different lyrics than the stage version. Most notably, “Bow Street Runners” was changed to “nosy policemen” in case international audiences didn’t understand the reference.

Line up! Line up!
Single file! Single file!
Quick march!
Left! Right! Left! Right!
Oy! Oy!

You can go, but be back soon
You can go, but while you’re working.
This place, I’m pacing round
Until you’re home, safe and sound
Fare thee well, but be back soon
Who can tell where danger’s lurking?
Do not forget this tune, be back soon.

How could we forget, how could we let
Our dear old Fagin worry?
We love him so, we’ll come back home
In, oh, such a great big hurry
It’s him that pays the piper.
It’s us that calls the tune
So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We’ll be back soon.

Cheerio, but be back soon
I dunno, somehow I’ll miss you
I loves you, that why I
Say, “Cheerio”
Not goodbye.

Don’t be gone long
Be back soon.
Give me one long,
Last look…
Bless you.
Remember our old tune
Be back soon!

You can go, but be back soon
You can go, but bring back plenty
Of wallets full of cash
Don’t want to see any trash
Whip ‘em quick and be back soon
Only thick ones, now, not empty
Get rich this afternoon
Be back soon.

Our pockets hold, a watch of gold
That chimes upon the hour
A wallet fat, an old man’s hat
The jewels from the tower
We know the nosy policemen,
But they don’t know this tune.
So long, fare thee well.
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We’ll be back soon.

Cheerio, but be back soon.
I dunno somehow I’ll miss you
I love you, that why I
Say, “Cheerio”
Not goodbye.
Don’t be gone long
Be back soon.
Give me one long,
Last look…
Bless you.
Remember our old tune
Be back soon!

And when we’re in the distance,
You’ll hear this whispered tune
So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We’ll be back soon
So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We’ll be back soon
So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We’ll be back soon

Cheerio, but be back soon.
I dunno somehow I’ll miss you
I loves you, that why I
Say, “Cheerio”
Not goodbye.

And when we’re in the distance
You’ll hear this whispered tune
So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We’ll be back soon

Songwriters: Lionel Bart
© RCA Legacy

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