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Let's Have a Race is a song from the fourth season dedicated to Thomas and Bertie's first race. It uses elements of Bertie's theme. It aired on the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Paint the Town Red in 1996 in the US.

Lyrics

Original version

A lesson that's worth learning
One you never should forget
Is the art of friendly rivalry
It's not always about winning
You must learn that from the start
Enjoy yourself remember
What counts is taking part

CHORUS:

Let's have a race, have a race, have a race
Let's see who is the quickest
Who can be the fastest
On your marks, now get set, go!
Let's set a pace, set a pace, set a pace
Let's see if you can catch me
Let's see if you can match me so
Let's have a race, have a race
Thomas challenged Bertie
To a friendly race one day
The driver said get ready
But be careful on the way
The friends lined up together
Enjoying the fun
The stationmaster called out
Are you ready to begin

CHORUS:

Let's have a race, have a race, have a race
Let's see who is the quickest
Who can be the fastest
On your marks, now get set, go!
Let's set a pace, set a pace, set a pace
Let's see if you can catch me
Let's see if you can match me so
Let's have a race, have a race
Bertie bus was winning
He sped along the way
Thomas tried so hard
To catch up on the way
Eventually he passed him
And Bertie had to say
To pass you on that hill Thomas
I'd need wings like an aeroplane

CHORUS:

Let's have a race, have a race, have a race
Let's see who is the quickest
Who can be the fastest
On your marks, now get set, go!
Let's set a pace, set a pace, set a pace
Let's see if you can catch me
Let's see if you can match me so
Let's have a race, have a race

CHORUS:

Let's have a race, have a race, have a race
Let's see who is the quickest
Who can be the fastest
Ready, set, go!
Let's set a pace, set a pace, set a pace
Let's see if you can catch me
Let's see if you can match me so
Let's have a race, have a race
Let's have a race
Let's have a race
Right now

Short version

A lesson that's worth learning
One you never should forget
Is the art of friendly rivalry
It's not always about winning
You must learn that from the start
Enjoy yourself remember
What counts is taking part

CHORUS:

Let's have a race, have a race, have a race
Let's see who is the quickest
Who can be the fastest
On your marks, now get set, go!
Let's set a pace, set a pace, set a pace
Let's see if you can catch me
Let's see if you can match me so
Let's have a race, have a race
Thomas challenged Bertie
To a friendly race one day
The driver said get ready
But be careful on the way
The friends lined up together
Enjoying the fun
The stationmaster called out
Are you ready to begin

CHORUS:

Let's have a race, have a race, have a race
Let's see who is the quickest
Who can be the fastest
On your marks, now get set, go!
Let's set a pace, set a pace, set a pace
Let's see if you can catch me
Let's see if you can match me so
Let's have a race, have a race

CHORUS:

Let's have a race, have a race, have a race
Let's see who is the quickest
Who can be the fastest
Ready, set, go!
Let's set a pace, set a pace, set a pace
Let's see if you can catch me
Let's see if you can match me so
Let's have a race, have a race
Let's have a race
Let's have a race
Right now

Characters

Episodes

Deleted and Extended Scenes

  • Oliver Owns Up - The opening shot of Duck and Oliver has been extended.
  • Bowled Out - An extended scene of the engines at Crovan's Gate.
  • Thomas Gets Bumped:
    • The end shot of Thomas arriving at Ffarquhar has been extended.
    • The shot of Thomas chuffing before his derailment has been extended.
    • When Thomas goes past a station, the shot has been extended.
    • A deleted scene shows Bertie driving through a path while going past a lamp.
    • A wide shot of the stationmaster on the platform.
    • A deleted scene shows Bertie driving past a signal before arriving at Ffarquhar.
  • Trust Thomas:
    • An extended shot of Thomas following the camera after saying hello to the cows.
    • An extended shot of Bertie driving on the rough road before he meets up with Thomas.
  • Thomas, Percy and the Coal - A deleted scene of Thomas, Annie and Clarabel passing the watermill.
  • Thomas and the Guard - A deleted scene shows Thomas stopping at a signal, although part of it has been reversed. This is evident when it is shown for the second time, as Thomas' steam goes back into him.
  • Thomas and Bertie:
    • A deleted scene shows Thomas head-to-head with Bertie while both pass a signal.
    • An alternate shot of Bertie driving away after his red light turns green, with a larger shot showing both the rail and road bridges.
  • Unknown - Deleted scenes from the first season of Thomas running on Toby's Old Tramway.

Trivia

  • When the song aired in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Paint the Town Red, the third verse & chorus were skipped.
  • The Norwegian version has a slightly different musical arrangement.
  • Keiko Toda sang the Japanese version of the song.
  • An instrumental version can be heard on the Japanese VHS Let's Sing Thomas Songs Together Vol.3.
  • An instrumental version can be heard in the UK and international versions of the seventh season episode Three Cheers for Thomas.
  • During the shot of Thomas passing through Elsbridge from Thomas and the Trucks, the hand that can be briefly seen in the upper right-hand corner seems to have been digitally erased.
  • When the Sing-Along appered in US releases the lyric "Aeroplane" was changed to "Airplane".

Goofs

  • Before the stop light changes, Thomas is seen stopped at the signal. This footage is rewound, as smoke is returning to Thomas.
  • The lyrics say that Thomas challenged Bertie, but in the episode, Bertie challenged Thomas.
  • When Thomas passes through the Goods Station the end of the set is visible.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese きょうそうしようよ
Norwegian La oss ha et kappløp
Spanish Ven a Correr

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