The Hole in the Ground

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"The Hole in the Ground"
Single by Bernard Cribbins with music directed by Gordon Franks
B-side Folk Song
Released 1962
Format Single
Genre comic song
Label Parlophone
Producer(s) George Martin
This article is about the comic song. For the maar, see Hole-in-the-Ground.

"The Hole in the Ground" was a comic song which was written by Myles Rudge and composed by Ted Dicks. When recorded by Bernard Cribbins and released by EMI on the Parlophone label in 1962, it was a hit in the UK charts.[1][2]

The song is about a dispute between a workman digging a hole and an officious busybody wearing a bowler hat. This exemplifies English class conflict of the era and Cribbins switches between a working class Cockney accent, in which he drops his aitches, and a middle class accent for the gentleman in the bowler hat.

Don't dig it there, dig it elsewhere.
You're digging it round and it ought to be square.
The shape of it's wrong, it's much too long,
And you can't put a hole where a hole don't belong.

Reception[edit]

Noël Coward, who wrote many comic songs himself, chose the record as one of his Desert Island Discs, 'I think the only one I would never get sick of is "Hole in the Ground", because I could translate it into French as I walked up and down on the beach.'[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jon Dennis (2 May 2012), "Old music: Bernard Cribbins – Right Said Fred", The Guardian 
  2. ^ Colin Larkin (2000), The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Oxford University Press, p. 619, ISBN 9780195313734 
  3. ^ Sean Magee (2012), Desert Island Discs: 70 years of castaways, Random House, p. 119, ISBN 9781448127450