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Thomas, You're the Leader

Pete Woodroffe
Charlie Grant


Chris Madin

Air date

September 9th,
2008 (US; DVD)
October 6th,
2008 (UK; DVD)
November 6th,
2008 (AUS; DVD)

Thomas, You're the Leader, sometimes called Roll Call Rap, is the first Thomas & Friends song to be performed by a real band. The song was written and arranged by Pete Woodroffe and Charlie Grant and performed by Chris Madin. The song was featured at the end of The Great Discovery.

The song is based on Engine Rollcall, but with additional verses about the Skarloey Railway engines, the Pack, and the remainder of the vehicles. In 2010, the song was remade using CGI footage. The Skarloey Railway, the Pack, Stanley, and various other characters were cut out though, as they were not modelled in CGI at the time.


It's Thomas (Thomas),
You're the leader (leader).
They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight,
Shunting trucks and hauling freight.
Red and green and brown and blue,
They're the useful crew (that's who).
All with different roles to play
'Round Tidmouth Sheds and far away.
Now Stanley's joined this friendly pack,
But who's this coming down the track?


Thomas, he's my number one,
Shining in the morning sun,
Working hard but having fun,
Thomas, you're the leader.
Thomas, you're the leader.
Thomas has so many friends,
The list is long, it never ends.
James and Percy huff and puff,
And Emily, she knows her stuff,
Henry, Edward, what a pair,
Toby, like I say he's square.
Gordon thunders down the line.
Everyone's a friend of mine.
(That's right)


Let's not forget the narrow gauge,
Where small and strong is all the rage.
Sir Handel, Rusty, Mighty Mac (whoa),
Fearless Freddie at the back.
Rheneas, and then Peter Sam,
Skarloey, Duncan, he's my man.
With Mr. Percival in charge,
No work's too hard, no job's too large.


Jeremy and Harold, Rocky, Harvey too,
Salty, Mavis, Bertie, the Really Useful crew.
It's not just engines full of steam,
There's Jack and all his building team.
Tipping stones and digging roads,
Filling trucks and loading loads.
Sir Topham Hatt, he keeps an eye
On every engine passing by.
Everything is tickety boo,
'Coz out in front is you-know-who.

(chorus x2)


The Great Discovery version:

Season 13 version:


The Great Discovery version:

Season 13 version:


  • The Norwegian version is sung a lot faster than the English version, and has many more lyrics.
  • This song is sometimes danced to on Channel Five's Milkshake in the UK where it is usually referred to as "The Railway Rap".
  • A complete Instrumental of the song has been shown on Miramax.
  • The song was named "The Roll Call Rap" on Songs from Sodor.
  • A lyric-less version of the original song can be seen on the official YouTube page.

Deleted Scenes

  • The Great Discovery - A deleted scene of Salty, James, Henry, Stanley, and Sir Topham Hatt at Brendam Docks.
  • Sir Handel in Charge - An alternate scene of Sir Handel and Rheneas.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Finnish Tuomas On Ykkönen Thomas is Number One
Japanese トーマスラップ Thomas Rap
Norwegian Thomas, du er sjefen Thomas, You're the Boss
French Thomas, vous êtes leader! Thomas, You're the Leader!
German Thomas, ist der Größte Thomas, is the Greatest
Spanish Thomas, eres líder! Thomas, you're a Leader!
Polish Tomek, Najważniejszy! Thomas, the Most Important!
Dutch Thomas is de leider Thomas is the Leader
Portuguese Thomas, você é o líder Thomas, You Are the Leader
Hungarian Thomas, te vagy a vezetője Thomas, You're the Leader

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