VE Day (Victory in Elections), NewsRevue Medley, 22 April 1995

I must have been very confident that Labour was going to rout the Tories in the 1995 local elections. I wrote the following medley two weeks before polling day (4 May 1995) and didn’t change a word afterwards.

The 50th anniversary of VE day was due a few days later; hence my Wheel Vera Lynn song as well, authored a couple of days later – Ogblogged here.

This stuff ran for months in the show and I think might well have made it to Edinburgh and Christmas special status too.

VE (VICTORY IN ELECTIONS) DAY MEDLEY – LOCAL ELECTIONS 
(A medley to various World War Two tunes)

VOICEOVER: And now we go across to Walworth Road in Southwark where the Labour party are holding a street party to celebrate VE Day (Victory in Elections Day)
IN THE LOCAL COUNCIL POLLS
(To the tune of “The Quartermaster’s Stores”)

There was Blair, Blair, winning fair and square,
In the polls, in the polls;
There was Blair, Blair, every-bloody-where,
In the local council polls.
My eyes are dim I cannot see,
A single Tory victory,
I can’t see one Tory victory.

 

EASE UP GORDON BROWN
(To the tune of “Knees Up, Mother Brown”)

Ease up Gordon Brown, ease up Gordon Brown,
Labour councils won the rout,
Chucked a load of Tories out;
All you do is grimace,
All you do is frown,
Ease up, ease up, join in our knees up,
Ease up Gordon Brown.

 

ROLL OUT THE TORIES
(To the tune of “Roll Out The Barrel”)

Roll out the Tories,
See what the Tories have done;
Roll out the Tories,
We’ve got those Blues on the run;
Read lots of stories,
About their former careers;
Its sex and cash and arms with Tories,
But now it’s Labour’s year!!

Ben Murphy recorded the above medley, along with some of his own material and  including a wonderful version of the Wheel Vera Lynn song:

Just in case any Ogblog readers are unfamiliar with the original words and tunes for these Second World War classics, here are some YouTube links:

Be patient with Roll Out The Barrel: the song/lyrics don’t appear until about 1:20 into the following recording.

 

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