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Thomas, You're the Leader, sometimes called Roll Call Rap, is a song from the 2008 film, The Great Discovery.

The song is based on Engine Roll Call, but with additional verses about the Skarloey Railway engines, the Pack and the remainder of the vehicles. A second altered music video was later made using footage from the thirteenth series, but in that version, The Skarloey Railway engines, The Pack, Stanley and various other characters were cut out though, as they did not appear in the CGI Series at the time.

Lyrics

The Great Discovery version

It's Thomas (Thomas),
You're the leader (leader).
They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight,
Shunting trucks and hauling freight.
Red and green and brown and blue,
They're the useful crew (that's who).
All with different roles to play
'Round Tidmouth Sheds and far away.
Now Stanley's joined this friendly pack,
But who's this coming down the track?

(chorus)

Thomas, he's my number one,
Shining in the morning sun,
Working hard but having fun,
Thomas, you're the leader.
Thomas, you're the leader.
Thomas has so many friends,
The list is long, it never ends.
James and Percy huff and puff,
And Emily, she knows her stuff,
Henry, Edward, what a pair,
Toby, like I say he's square.
Gordon thunders down the line.
Everyone's a friend of mine.
(That's right)

(chorus)

Let's not forget the narrow gauge,
Where small and strong is all the rage.
Sir Handel, Rusty, Mighty Mac (whoa),
Fearless Freddie at the back.
Rheneas and then Peter Sam,
Skarloey, Duncan, he's my man.
With Mr. Percival in charge,
No work's too hard, no job's too large.

(chorus)

Jeremy and Harold, Rocky, Harvey too,
Salty, Mavis, Bertie, the Really Useful crew.
It's not just engines full of steam,
There's Jack and all his building team.
Tipping stones and digging roads,
Filling trucks and loading loads.
Sir Topham Hatt, he keeps an eye
On every engine passing by.
Everything is tickety boo,
'Coz out in front is you-know-who.

(chorus x2)

Series 13 version

It's Thomas (Thomas),
You're the leader (leader).
They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight,
Shunting trucks and hauling freight.
Red and green and brown and blue,
They're the useful crew (that's who).
All with different roles to play
'Round Tidmouth Sheds and far away.

(chorus)

Thomas, he's my number one,
Shining in the morning sun,
Working hard but having fun,
Thomas, you're the leader.
Thomas, you're the leader.
Thomas has so many friends,
The list is long, it never ends.
James and Percy huff and puff,
And Emily, she knows her stuff,
Henry, Edward, what a pair,
Toby, like I say he's square.
Gordon thunders down the line.
Everyone's a friend of mine.
(That's right)

(chorus)

Sir Topham Hatt, he keeps an eye
On every engine passing by.
Everything is tickety boo,
'Coz out in front is you-know-who.

(chorus)

Characters

The Great Discovery version

Series 13 version

Locations

The Great Discovery version

Series 13 version

Footage Used

The Great Discovery version

Series 13 version

Trivia

  • The Norwegian version is sung a lot faster than the English version and has more lyrics.
  • This song (mainly just the chorus and Engine Roll Call parts only once) is sometimes covered/danced to on Channel Five's Milkshake! in the UK by the segment hosts where it is usually referred to as "The Railway Rap."
  • The song is renamed "The Roll Call Rap" on Songs from Sodor.
  • A version with lyrics is on the US release of The Great Discovery.
  • Both a credit-less and lyric-less version of the original song is on the Songs from Sodor DVD. A lyric-less version of the Series 13 CGI version is on the US release of The Thomas Way as well. 
  • This is the last music video to have deleted scenes as well as being edited by Kate Buckland. On top of that, this is the last song filmed in full live action model animation.
  • The song's official genre's include Pop-rap, Pop rock, Power pop, and R&B.
  • The Latin American CGI version of the song is completely different from its movie counterpart, since the show was dubbed in Argentina for the first twelve series and then switched to Mexico from Series 13-onwards. The Engine Roll Call was modified, and therefore, this song had to be modified too. This also happens in the Brazilian version.
  • This song was never dubbed in Korean, but the Great Discovery version of the Engine Roll Call was dubbed, it was only seen in theatrical releases.
  • In the Romanian version of The Great Discovery, it plays the instrumental version.
  • There is an Instrumental of the CGI verison on the China DVD, Sing-a-Long 4.
  • This song was never dubbed in Romanian, Czech, Russian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese Mandarin, Taiwanese Mandarin and Cantonese.

Deleted and Extended and Edited Scenes

  • Don't be Silly Billy - Edited scene of Mavis' still wearing her sad face mask, but her mouth was edited to look happy.
  • Sir Handel in Charge - An alternate scene of Sir Handel and Rheneas.
  • Wash Behind your Buffers - A Deleted scene of Harold flying above Madge.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas, É o Líder!
Danish Thomas, du den bedste!
Dutch Thomas is de leider
Finnish Tuomas!, Ystävämme!
French Thomas, vous êtes leader!
German Thomas, ist der Größte
Hungarian Thomas, ő a főnök!
Italian Thomas, il trenino
Japanese トーマスラップ
Korean 크레딧 송
Latin American Spanish ¡Es el Líder! (The Great Discovery)
¡Thomas, Eres Líder! (Series 13)
Norwegian Thomas, du er sjefen
Polish Tomek, Najważniejszy!
Swedish Thomas, du är chefen

Home Video Releases

Worldwide

UK

DVD Boxsets

AUS

  • The Great Discovery
  • Songs from Sodor

DVD Boxsets

US

JPN

CHN

Albums

Music Videos

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