The Thing-Ummy Bob

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"It's a ticklish sort of job making a thing for a thing-ummy-bob
Especially when you don't know what it's for
But it's the girl that makes the thing that drills the hole
that holds the spring that works the thing-ummy-bob
that makes the engines roar.

And it's the girl that makes the thing that holds the oil
that oils the ring that works the thing-ummy-bob
that's going to win the war."

"The Thing-Ummy Bob", A British song made popular by Gracie Fields[1]

"The Thing-Ummy Bob" is a 1942 song which was written by Gordon Thompson and David Heneker which celebrates the production line worker of World War II making components for complex weapons to win the war.[2] Its chorus is

I'm the girl that makes the thing
that drills the hole that holds the ring
that drives the rod that turns the knob
that works the thing-ummy bob

A thingumabob or thingummy is an extended form of the word thing which the Oxford English Dictionary records being used as far back as 1751.[3]

The song was popularised by performers Arthur Askey and Gracie Fields.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Bush Jones, The songs that fought the war: popular music and the home front, 1939-1945, UPNE, 2006, ISBN 1-58465-443-0, ISBN 978-1-58465-443-8 p. 196stonchurchill.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=420 The Few] The Churchill Centre'
  2. ^ John Bush Jones, Songs that fought the war: popular music and the home front, 1939-1945 
  3. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2009 
  4. ^ Craig Gerrard, The Foreign Office and Finland, 1938-1940