THE EMPEROR OF LANCASHIRE by George Formby Jr. OBE
I’ve got a feeling it’s my lucky day, send me fellers I’m on my way,
Going right up to the top of the tree, so come right in and have a drink with me.
Won’t be long till I make my pile, then I’ll live in the grandest style.
You’ll be a Cotton King?
No sir! I’ll be the Emperor Of Lancashire.
I’ll have a retinue ten miles long, and an army ten million strong.
Big white elephants, by the score, and a fleet at anchor off the Wigan shore.
Don’t you recognise who I am? You’ve got to give me a big salaam.
Got to end with a vote of thanks, to the Emperor Of Lancs.
Bow down everyone here I come! Bang that cymbal and hit that drum!
Bow down everyone! Yes sir, I’m the Emperor Of Lancashire.
Who’s this gentleman flashing dough?
Is he somebody we should know?
Is he somebody? Whoa sir! I’m Emperor Of Lancashire.
Who’s this gentleman talking loud?
Is he one of the usual crowd?
Who’s this gentleman? La-Dee-Dah! I’m the Emperor Of Lancashaw.
Don’t you recognize who you’ve seen? He’s the boss of the whole chabine.
He’s the fellow who broke the bank.
That’s me, I’m the Emperor of Lancs.
Who’s that fellow they’re crowding round?
Who’s that sucker the boys have found?
Who’s that sucker? My dear sir….I’m Emperor Of Lancashire.
I’m going back to my native town, with my millions I’ll knock ’em down.
I’ll have everything in my power and I’ll build a palace on the Blackpool tower.
On my birthday the crowds will cheer, all the fountains will flow with beer.
Blackpool wakes will run all year…FOR THE EMPEROR OF LANCASHIRE!
I’ll hold a banquet for fifty score, tripe and onions and whelks galore.
Stewed pigs trotters and mutton shanks…FOR THE EMPEROR OF LANCS.
Bow down everyone, here I come, bang that cymbal and hit that drum.
Bow down everyone, yes sir, I’m the Emperor Of Lancashire!
Lancashire emerged during the Industrial Revolution as a major commercial and industrial region. The county encompassed several hundred mill towns and by the 1830s, approximately 85% of all cotton manufactured worldwide was processed in Lancashire.
George Formby Jr., OBE (born George Hoy Booth) 26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961
British actor, singer-songwriter and comedian who became known to a worldwide audience through his films in the 1930s and 1940s. He sang comical songs and played a banjolele. He was popular on stage, screen and records, and became the UK’s highest-paid entertainer at the time. During the Second World War Formby worked extensively for the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA), and entertained civilians and troops; by 1946 it was estimated that he had performed in front of three million service personnel.
Bow Down Everyone, Yes Sir! For the Emperor of Lancashire!