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Be Back Soon


Words and Music by Lionel Bart


Copyright 1960 /1968
Sung by David Jones



Fagin:
You can go but be back soon.
You can go, but while you're working
This place I'm pacing round
Until you're home safe and sound
Fare thee well, but be back soon.
Who can tell where danger's lurking?
Do not forget this tune
Be back soon.

Boys:
How could we forget?
How could we let our dear old Fagin worry?
We love him so we'll come back home in oh, such a great big hurry.
It's him that pays the piper.
It's us that calls the tune.
So long, fare thee well, Pip pip, cheerio.
We'll be back soon.
We must disappear.
We'll be back here today, perhaps tomorrow.
We'll miss you too.
It's sad but true that parting is such sweet sorrow,
And when we're in the distance,
You'll hear this whispered tune,
So long, fare thee well, Pip pip, cheerio.
We'll be back soon.

Fagin:
Cheerio, but be back soon.
I dunno, somehow I'll miss you.
I love you too.
That why I say cheerio not goodbye.
Don't be gone long.
Be back soon.
Give one one long last look, bless you.
Remember our old tune.
Be back soon.
You can go, but be back soon.
You can go, but bring back plenty
Of wallets full of cash;
Don't want to see any trash.
Whip'em quick, and be back soon.
Only thick ones now, none empty.
Get rich this afternoon.
Be back soon.

Boys:
Our pockets'll hold a watch of gold that chimes upon the hour,
A wallet fat, an old man's hat, the jewels from the tower.
We know the nosey p'licemen,
But they don't know this tune.
So long, fare thee well, Pip pip, cheerio.
We'll be back soon.

Fagin :
Cheerio, but be back soon.
I dunno, somehow I'll miss you.
I love you.
That's why I say cheerio not goodbye.
Don't be gone long, be back soon.
Give one one long last look, bless you.
Remember our old tune.
Be back soon.

Boys:
And when we're in the distance you'll hear this whispered tune.
“So long, fare thee well, Pip pip, cheerio.
We'll be back soon.”

Oliver:
So long, fare thee well, Pip pip cheerio,
We'll be back soon.

Boys:
So long, fare thee well, Pip pip, cheerio,
We'll be back soon.
We must disappear.
We'll be back here today, perhaps tomorrow.
We'll miss you too.
It's sad but true that parting is such sweet sorrow.
And when we're in the distance you'll hear this whispered tune.
So long, fare thee well, Pip pip, cheerio.
We'll be back soon!

Fagin:
Cheerio, but be back soon.
I dunno, somehow I'll miss you.
I love you.
That's why I say cheerio, not goodbye.


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