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"Dee's lyrics for Petula's music fit like a glove. They are so artistically attuned to each other that you feel a mutual lyricism and dramatic sense coming through each song." 

- Paul Bateman

It's Up To You
(Dee Shipman / Petula Clark)

When the Missus asked "What shall we do?
Shall we take the children to the zoo?"
"Well!" her mother says, "I'm coming too!"
Never one to miss a treat, the shrew!

Then her sister pipes up straight away
"I can come as well, I'm free today!"
Never mind the poor old working sod
Who's got to pay!

Then I saw in a flash
How I could save my cash
I told them "I've a better thought....
We'll go 'n' see old Zola tried in court"

He wrote as how the army lied
And truth and justice was denied
Says this bloke Dreyfus ain't to blame
But I'd warn Zola, just the same

It's up to you
To do what you must do
But still, why intervene?
I mean he's just a Jew!
What's done is done
You'd best leave well alone
It surely is nobody's business
But his own!

Anyone and ev'rybody came
Men of notoriety and fame
Spotting who was who was quite a game
But the wife could list them all, by name!

Everybody shouting "Vive la France!"
Judges look at Zola quite askance
Knew the moment I first saw that lot
He'd got no chance!

He thunders "I accuse!"
They say "So what? You lose!"
And who knows what it's all about?
But still, it was a bloody good day out!

And does it matter who was right?
It wasn't even Zola's fight!
Before the whole affair begun
I would have told him, "Listen son....

It's up to you
To do what you must do
But still, why intervene?
I mean he's just a Jew!
What's done is done
You'd best leave well alone
It surely is nobody's business
But his own!

It's up to you
To do what you must do
But still, why intervene?
I mean he's just a Jew!
What's done is done
You'd best leave well alone
It surely is nobody's business
But his own!

 










RECORDINGS

  • Demo recording by Clive Carter (1991) arranged and produced by Paul Bateman CLICK TO LISTEN»

 

 


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