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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.


CGI Series

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)


Sir Topham Hatt, he keeps an eye
On every engine passing by.
Everything is tickety boo,
'Coz out in front is you-know-who.



Season 13 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.
  • Both a lyric-less and credit-less version of the original song was released on the official YouTube page on March 19, 2015.
    • A lyric-less version of the CGI version is in the US release of The Thomas Way (DVD).

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

Home Video Releases

  • Songs from Sodor
  • Splish, Splash, Splosh! (DVD) (CGI version)


  • Rescue On the Rails (CGI version)
  • The Thomas Way (DVD) (CGI version)

Music Video

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