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"Be Back Soon" is a song featured in the stage musical Oliver! as well as its 1968 film adaptation. It is sung by Fagin and his boys as they venture out of their hideout and into the streets of London where Oliver Twist discovers for the first time what Fagin's boys really get up to.

PerformersEdit

Character Original London Cast Original Broadway Cast 1968 Film 1983 London Revival 1984 Broadway Revival 1994 London Revival 2009 London Revival 2011 U.K. Tour Revival
Fagin Ron Moody Clive Revill Ron Moody Ron Moody Ron Moody Jonathan Pryce Rowan Atkinson Brian Conley

Neil Morrissey

Dodger Martin Horsey Davy Jones Jack Wild David Garlick David Garlick Adam Searles

Paul Bailey

Ethan Williams

Jack Glister
Robert Madge

Joseph Potter

Will Edden
Max Griesbach
Archie Murphy
Daniel Huttlestone

All productions also featured a chorus as the pickpockets.

LyricsEdit

Line up!

Line up!

Single file!

Single file!
Slope arms
Left... left
Right... right... Ol! Ol!

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

How could we forget
How could we let
Our dear old f*gin 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 pipes his tune
So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We'll be back soon

You can go
But be back soon
You can go
But bring back plenty
Of pocket hankerchiefs
And you should be clever thieves
Whip it quick
And be back soon
There's a sixpence here for twenty
Ain't that a lovely tune?
Be back soon

Our pockets'll hold
A watch of gold
That chimes upon the hour

A wallet fat
An old man's hat

The crown jewels from the tower
We know
The Bow Street Runners

But they don't know this tune
So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We'll be back soon

Cheerio, but be back soon
I dunno, somehow I'll miss you
I love you, that why I
Say, "Cheerio"...
Not goodbye

Don't be gone long
Be back soon
Give me one long
Last look...
Bless you
Remember our old tune...
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

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

Cheerio, but be back soon
I dunno, somehow I'll miss you
I love you, that why I
Say, "Cheerio"...
Not goodbye

Don't be gone long
Be back soon
Give me one long
Last look...
Bless you
Remember our old tune...
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

You'll hear this
Whispered tune...
So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We'll be back soon

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

So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We'll be back soon

So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We'll be back soon

Other AppearancesEdit

  • The song appeared on the following albums:
    • Oliver!
    • Oliver! (Original Cast Recording)
    • Oliver! (The Original Cast Recording) [Remastered]
    • Oliver! - 1994 London Palladium Cast Recording
    • Oliver (Original Soundtrack)
    • Oliver (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
    • Oliver the Musical
    • Greatest Musicals Double Feature: Oliver and My Fair Lady
    • Lionel Bart's Oliver

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