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Somebody Has to Be the Favourite (retitled Somebody Has to Be the Favorite in US releases) is the first song from Journey Beyond Sodor. The Most Important Thing is Being Friends is a remixed version of this song.

Lyrics

The song is sung four different times, all with different lyrics. Three times are sung by James while the other is sung by Thomas.

James: Somebody has to be the favourite!

The one that everybody wants to see!

Somebody has to be better than the rest!

Somebody has to be so good that they're the best!

Somebody has to be the favourite

Somebody has to be me!

James: Sometimes you have to blow your whistle!

To let the other engines know you're near!

Sometimes you have to make a racket and to shout!

In order to ensure that they're not left in any doubt!

Somebody has to be the favourite!

Say hello! The favourite is here!

James: Somebody has to be the favourite!

That's just the way it is, you must agree!

Some get to see the world and travel far away!

While other engines have a place they always have to stay!

Somebody has to be the favourite!

Somebody has to be me!

Somebody has to be me!

Thomas: Sometimes you have to get up early!

If there's some place you really want to be!

Sometimes you have to be awake before the dawn!

Sometimes you're up and out before they know you're gone!

Somebody has to be the favourite!

And this time it's going to be me!

This time it's going to be me!

This time it's going to be me!

Characters

Voice Cast

UK

USA

Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Hay Que Elegir al Favorito Have to Choose the Favourite
German Irgendjemand ist der große Liebling Someone is the big Favourite
Russian Кто-то же должен быть любимцем Somebody Has to be the Favourite

Trivia

  • There are instrumentals of this throughout the special that pose as a theme for James, one being a dark tango when he is tired of being on Thomas' branch line.

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