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James the Really Splendid Engine is the first song from the sixth series which is dedicated to James. The tune is based on his theme. It was later re-released on the Team Up With Thomas UK DVD on 7th August 2017 with a new CGI music video.

Lyrics

He's a really splendid engine, everybody knows,
But he does go on and on and on, always telling us so!
He is a splendid fellow, but he really is quite vain.
Who do we mean? You got it--
James!!
Take a look who's coming down the track,
Make way for James, hooray for James.
Shiny shiny paint with the jet-black stack,
Make way for James, hooray for James.
What is for certain and we really should note,
It's indisputable, but let's take a vote.
He's the really splendid engine with the bright red coat.
James, (eeee-ohhh)
He can brag all day - how fast he goes,
How good he looks - he's such a pose.
But what about the time he got covered in mud?
Oh, what a dope, what a dud!
But up and down the line, you'll hear the others say,
"Despite his vanity, he really is OK.
Dependable, reliable, and seldom late,
We all think James is great!"
Speeding down the line like a lightning flash,
Make way for James, hooray for James.
Hang on to your hat as he whooshes past,
Make way for James, hooray for James.
He really knows how to stage a show.
You gotta stand back and watch him go.
He's the really splendid engine with the bright red coat.
Whoo!
Look who's swanning it down the track.
Make way for James, hooray for James.
He never looks up, he never looks back,
Make way for James, hooray for James.
A tad conceited, and really quite vain,
He knows we love him just the same.
Take a look who's coming down the track,
Make way for James, hooray for James.
Shiny shiny paint with the jet-black stack.
Make way for James, hooray for James.
He's the really splendid engine, shiny, shiny engine.
He's the really splendid engine, yep, that's our James!
That's James!

Characters

Model Series

CGI Series

Locations

Model Series

CGI Series

Footage Used

Model Series

CGI Series

Deleted and Extended Scenes

  • Time for Trouble - A deleted scene of James and Toby crossing a bridge.
  • The Trouble With Mud:
    • An extended close-up of James getting covered in mud.
    • An extended shot of Gordon wheeshing steam.
  • No Joke for James:
    • A deleted scene of James passing the Watermill.
    • An extended ending of James going round the corner past the woods.
    • An extended ending of James going past the signal box.
    • A deleted scene of James entering Knapford.
  • Trust Thomas - An alternate version of James stopping after shunting the trucks instead passing by the camera.
  • Buzz, Buzz - A deleted scene of James passing a field at sundown.
  • Percy, James and the Fruitful Day - A deleted scene of James passing through Lower Suddery.
  • Make Someone Happy - An extended ending of James passing the beach.
  • A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter:
    • An extended ending of Harold flying past James.
    • A deleted scene of James pulling the express passing Tidmouth Beach.
  • Specially Shot Footage:
    • A few shots of James' parts.
    • A few shots of James' faces.
    • A few shots of James' tender.
    • James pulling out of Knapford Station.
    • James pulling the express passing Maron.
    • James pulling red express coaches passing Maithwaite.
    • Sir Topham Hatt's hat blowing off.
    • James going up a hill passing Bertie.
    • James pulling Cattle Trucks down a hill.
    • James pulling the express passing Bulgy's Bridge.

Trivia

  • Thomas and Percy's whistles are heard at the end of the song on the Malaysian DVD, Sing-a-Long, in the English dub on the Original Songs 1 Japanese DVD and on the US DVD, The Greatest Stories.
  • This is the first music video of a couple of things:
    • The first music video not to feature Thomas, although his whistle is heard at the end in some versions and he appears in the CGI music video.
    • The first song not released on home video in the UK, although the CGI version was released on Team Up with Thomas.
    • The first song in the CGI Series by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell not to be part of Thomas' YouTube World Tour.
    • The first song from the sixth series since Winter Wonderland to be released on DVD in the UK, despite it being the CGI version.
    • The first song from the sixth series to be released on an Australian DVD, despite it being the CGI version.
    • The first appearances of James' new smug, which was a recast from his sleepy face and wincing faces and it also marks the first time James' eyebrows on his annoyed face are modified to resemble a concerned face.
  • On the Team Up with Thomas UK DVD, the song is titled "James' Song".
  • The first verse is omitted from the CGI version.
  • The Japanese version of the song contains additional lines from James himself, with Katsuji Mori voicing him. One piece of dialogue takes up the majority of the sixth verse.

Goofs

  • In the scene where the chorus says "Who do we mean? You got it! James!" his face moves when his eyes do.
  • In the shots of James' many face masks, it is clearly shown that some of them were photoshopped onto his model, as they are not positioned correctly on his smokebox.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese ジェームス~すごいきかんしゃ~

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