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Song – Bermondsey
17 July 2004 (19:06:59)
A song written to celebrate Simon Hughes’s by-election victory in Bermondsey on 24 February 1983. You had to be there. The Liberals captured the seat from Labour with a swing of 44.2%, the largest by-election swing in British political history. The unsuccessful Labour candidate was Peter Tatchell.

Bermondsey

(Words: Simon Banks, 1983
Tune: ‘Marching Through Georgia’ by Henry Clay Work)

Bring the good old Focus-freaks, we’ll do another street;
Focus till we’re goggle-eyed and steam comes from our feet;
Get the problems sorted out while Labour only bleat,
When we are marching through Bermondsey.

Chorus:
Hurrah! Hurrah! We’ll get you off the rocks!
Hurrah! Hurrah! We’re working off our ... socks!
So we sang this chorus from Elephant to the Docks
When we were marching through Bermondsey.

Tatchell hit the headlines, boys, but Simon hit the trail;
Labour put their Foot in it, and Focus could not fail;
Liberals came from far and wide, for Simon and good ale,
When we were marching through Bermondsey.
Chorus:

There were lads from Leyton, boys, and lasses up from Kent;
Hertfordshire and Dorset came, and Croydon too, and Brent;
SDP were also there, and sure it was well meant,
When we were marching through Bermondsey.
Chorus:

When we made the joyful sound, it lifted up the lifts;
Filled the empty flats again, and healed the pavement rifts;
There were Liberal votes in hoards, but none of them were gifts
When we were marching through Bermondsey.
Chorus:

Tatchell went, and Tilley came and said that he was straight;
English, not Australian; no cobber, but a mate;
But the folk read Focus and thought Simon Hughes was great
When we were marching through Bermondsey.
Chorus:

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