I cannot recall whether or not my January 1992 sardonic song about Norman Lamont was ever performed in NewsRevue.
But this one, when he resigned in May 1993, was a feature of the show for some time and I think went to Edinburgh that summer too. It has a nice political knockabout quality to it.
Strangely, I don’t think there were, in May 1993, confirmed rumours that Norman was going to score City directorships in a hurry; I was supposing. But by September he had joined the Board of NM Rothchild and I wrote a rather pointed update to my lyrics that autumn, click here to see those, which extended its shelf life.
The tune is the well-known children’s song, Nellie the Elephant:
- here’s a link to some good ukulele chords for that song – enabling me to perform this song myself in my dotage…for a suitable fee of course…
- …click here or below for a link to a YouTube of Mandy Miller’s classic version of the song.
Here’s the original May 1993 version of my lyrics:
♬ NORMAN THE CHANCELLOR ♬
(To the Tune of “Nellie The Elephant”)
One grey day,
A cabinet shuffle came;
The people said they were badly lead,
And Norman got the blame.
John may say,
He offered environment;
But Norman’s sights were on greater heights,
So he left in discontent.
Norman the Chancellor packed his punch,
And said goodbye to John’s circus;
Off he went in a grumpety grump, grump, grump, grump.
Norman the Chancellor did some lunch,
And said hello to the city;
He’ll get rich in the slumpety slump, slump, slump, slump.
Directorships were calling far far away,
He stopped and bought,
His cigars and port,
In a Threshers on the way.
Norman the Chancellor left the bunch,
To slag them off in his memoirs;
Griping that he was dumpety dump,