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Trying, or Trying to Do Things Better, is a song from Calling All Engines! A CGI version was released on the Danger at the Docks UK DVD on 8th January 2018.

Extended Lyrics

Anything that Diesels do
Steamies know that they can too.
Diesels! Steamies! Engines who
Try to do things better.
They both have a different role.
'We need oil!' 'We need coal!'
All of us have just one goal
Trying to do things better.
Who can shunt the most trucks of bricks
On trains that are much longer?
Steamies may get up to tricks
But Diesels are much stronger.
Who has gleaming piston rods
And paintwork bright and shiny?
Who can pull the longest train
And still keep perfect timing?
Anything that Diesels do
Steamies know that they can too.
Diesels! Steamies! Engines who
Try to do things better.
They both have a different role.
'We need oil!' 'We need coal!'
All of us have just one goal
Trying to do things better.
Who goes bumping into trucks
Causing so much trouble?
Who can lift those heavy loads
And clear the lines of rubble?
Who can only honk their horns
While steamies whistle loudly?
Who's that straining up the hill
While Gordon steams by proudly?
Anything that Diesels do
Steamies know that they can too.
Diesels! Steamies! Engines who
Try to do things better.
They both have a different role.
'We need oil!' 'We need coal!'
All of us have just one goal
Trying to do things better.
Who can shunt the most trucks of bricks
On trains that are much longer?
Steamies may get up to tricks
But Diesels are much stronger.
Who has gleaming piston rods
And paintwork bright and shiny?
Who can pull the longest train
And still keep perfect timing?
Anything that Diesels do
Steamies know that they can too.
Diesels! Steamies! Engines who
Try to do things better.
They both have a different role.
'We need oil!', 'We need coal!'
All of us have just one goal
Trying to do things better.
All of us have just one goal
Trying to do things better.

Characters

Model Series

CGI Series

Locations

Model Series

CGI Series

Footage Used

Model Series

Learning Segments

CGI Series

Deleted Scenes and Edited Scenes

  • Thomas to the Rescue:
    • Mavis in her shed with her mouth edited differently. (Short version)
    • Mavis in her shed without her mouth edited. (Extended version)
    • An extended scene of Salty arriving at Centre Island Quarry.
    • A deleted scene of Mavis, Bill and Ben working at Centre Island Quarry.
  • James Gets a New Coat - A deleted scene of James leaving the Coaling Plant. (Extended version)
  • Percy's Big Mistake - An extended scene of Percy pulling trucks of stone at Centre Island Quarry.
  • Emily's New Route - A deleted scene of Salty at Brendam Docks.
  • Spic and Span - A deleted scene of Percy and Thomas leaving Centre Island Quarry.
  • Squeak, Rattle and Roll:
    • An extended beginning of Gordon passing Diesel at the docks.
    • A deleted scene of Gordon and the express. (Extended version)
  • Calling All Engines!:
    • A deleted scene of Thomas and Percy shooting forward at Tidmouth Sheds.
    • A deleted scene of Gordon going down his hill passing Derek.
    • A deleted scene of Gordon going down his hill passing 'Arry and Bert who are going up. (Extended version)
  • Learning Segments:
    • Steamies and Diesels Sounds - A deleted scene of Mavis pushing her trucks after they were filled with gravel.
    • Diesel Engines and Steam Engines are Different - A different shot of Thomas getting filled with coal.
  • Unknown - A scene of James at the Sodor Cement Works from the ninth series. (Extended version)

Trivia

  • An extended version of this song can be seen on the Songs from Sodor DVD.
  • In the model series version, the song uses footage of episodes from the ninth series, despite being premiered after Calling All Engines!
  • In the CGI version, the song doesn’t show any footage from the twenty-first series even though it was remade in the season and from the DVD Danger at the Docks.
  • An excerpt of the music video was used on an episode of the Japanese game show, IQ Mirror Machigai 9, where the contestants have to point out the difference between the real and mirrored footage. This includes:
    1. Thomas and Percy staying in the sheds, rather than moving out.
    2. A closeup of Thomas not mirrored.
    3. No shadow on Pinchy.
    4. Thomas having a "2" when pushing the oil drums.
    5. The steam from Gordon's funnel has CGI effects.
    6. 'Arry/Bert winking.
    7. Percy's cab windows are red.
    8. Diesel's mirror footage not synching with the real one.
    9. The white ring on the ship's smokestack is bigger.
  • This is the only music video to feature a scene from the Series 10 segment, Sodor's Special Places that were on PBS and Nick Jr. airings, as it shows a scene of James at the cement works from Sodor's Special Places: The Quarry.
  • On the Danger at the Docks UK DVD, the song is titled, "Trying Song".
  • In the CGI Version, the last chorus is omitted.
  • This is the only song from Calling All Engines! to date to have a CGI music video.
  • In the Russian and Greek versions of Calling All Engines!, it plays the instrumental version.
  • There is an instrumental of the extended verison on the China DVD, Sing-a-Long 3.
  • This song was never dubbed in Serbian, Russian, Greek, Albanian, Chinese Mandarin, Taiwanese Mandarin and Cantonese.
  • Some segments of the music sound similar to Mavis’ theme from the third series. It is unknown if this was intentional or not.
  • In the scene of Derek passing Gordon on the hill, the lyrics “Who's that straining up the hill...?” is referencing Derek’s anonymity within the TV series - his name was only really used in merchandising. The “straining” line could also be referencing his teething troubles he had in Double Teething Troubles.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Czech Dělat všechno lépe
Dutch Like keer weer beter
Finnish Yritetään tehdä asiat paremmin
German Wir geben unser Bestes
Japanese がんばるんだ
Latin American Spanish Diésel y Vapor
Norwegian Sammen er vi bedre

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