A Glitzy Finale

Operation Mincemeat

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Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat was a successful British deception operation of the Second World War to disguise the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily. Two members of British intelligence obtained the body of Glyndwr Michael, a tramp who died from eating rat poison, dressed him as an officer of the Royal Marines and placed personal items on him identifying him as the fictitious Captain (Acting Major) William Martin. Correspondence between two British generals that suggested that the Allies planned to invade Greece and Sardinia, with Sicily as merely the target of a feint, was also placed on the body. Part of the wider Operation Barclay, Mincemeat was based on the 1939 Trout memo, written by Rear Admiral John Godfrey, the Director of the Naval Intelligence Division, and his … more »


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"I believe they call it a glitzy finale"
"A glitzy finale?"
"Well I like it"
"We have our orders, let's go!"

So step one the war was won,
Both sides with relief laid down their guns,
Germany conceded the match in the end,
Though we may have had a little help from our friends

I I gotta good feeling USA!
I'm Feeling good about this war
(We came and saved the day)
Sure fascism I'm sure took a beating
But that ain't no reason for them to feel sore
La da da
Yes you
Do do do
Have been defeated
Look at these guys
Doodley doo wah!
They're losers but they just don't mind
Oo-wooby-do woo
'Cos when the chips are down and you've lost your way
There's a home for you in the USA
So don't mope, ya dopes!
'Cos we're all feeling fine!
Make American great again!

"Let's see what's happening in Europe!"

Life is tough in sleepy Spain
Where we have chosen to remain with a platter of tapas and croquet in the sun
It's a nightmare sir
Well if we're feeling hot
Who needs a beer?
A bit of wine and fizzy pop
What's that?
Sangria!
We're not going back!
Well fancy that!
We're immigrants
No, we're British
We're expats!

"Back to London"
"It's the future!"
"But these are the only hats we've got!"

Would you know this Fleming fella has gone and written yet another hot bestseller
So he's wearing a shiny tuxedo
Wow!
And then he shoots a baddy with a big gun!
Kapow!
Martini good sir?
Make it shaken not stirred
And then he snogs a sexy lady with full tongue!
My word he's a genius!
The best writer since Jesus!
God that's brilliant, but listen to this!

"Ha'penny for me guv'nor?"
"What century are you in?"
"Yay!"
"Gather round, gentlemen. It's time for a lesson on being useful."

Now that I've proved I'll fight for my nation
I'm here with a clear declaration
We're saving the day
So keep your Earl Grey
'Cos Sarge, you're in charge of your own hydration
Yes the fight will not end here
But we can shout our message clear
We make our own luck
We'll never give up,
Had a taste of their life and right now we do not give a
"Miss Leslie! Language!"

All the ladies!
On your marks get set
Take this word for all you can get!
We're making a change and we're not finished yet
Now the coast is clear and it's time to move on up!
Btu what about Monty?

Lights!
Move on up!
Camera!
Move on up!
Action!
Move on up!
Move on up!
Move on up!
I'll tell the story of our perfect body
Ooh Monty
Now I'm going down in history
Oh Monty you're so clever!
People through the ages
Brave!
On silver screens and stages
So brave!
They'll see my genius clinched our victory because
Just for tonight you've watched heroes
Who taught the world how to win
We taught the world how to win
So let the champagne and cheese flow
'Cause it's all down to one man
It's thanks to his great plan
And that is when England decided to make him a king!
All hail the King!

"Cut! Reset please, right where is my Cholomondeley?"
"Here, hi"
"Right for the next take I need more abject adoration"
"Now if you want such adoration why don't you get the real guy to do it?"
"What? Charlie? He wasn't quite right for the part"
"Not believable"
"Well what's he doing instead?"

I'm afraid I cannot tell you
What I went on to do
Who knows?
But where I go is need to know, I won't give one clue
Back to me
So don't ask me to tell you
It's classified
Soon praises will be due
So you won't hear my name or what I became
To Ewen Montagu
'Cos when the clever clogs are the captains
You're certain to succeed
For some were born to follow
Every inch forward must be discreet
But we were born to lead
You may not see us
We are the masters
Behind the scenes
We are the clever men who hold the reins
We work
We win!
But not for fame
You'll see
We do our duty
Forever after
Without a fuss
And when this war has turned and fades to dust
History will remember us
We made a change and that's enough and no one needs to know we were

Making a man
Making a hero
Quick as we can
The nation's in need of a marvellous man
A dependable dreamboat
A shining example of what humans can be
Making a man

"And that's about it sir. Who was he? Who was who? Oh, the man who wasn't major Bill Martin? 
Now that the mission was a success I doubt that anyone will ever really need to know."
"But luckily Montagu's stolen files we're the starting point to solve one final mystery
His name was Glyndwr Michael"

A gard'ner come from Cardiff to London
Out of desperation
Born on the wrong side of the tracks 
A life lived on the line
No family left to mourn him or wonder
Just a lonely soul
What happened when he fell through the cracks
A man of no renown
The history books are sure men like Bill Martin won this fight
But to forget the ones behind him well
It never seemed quite right
Though it took fifty years to get it
And a government to let it
In Huelva a memorial now stands
Looking out across the sea upon the sands
"It reads-"
"For Glyndwr Michael"
"Who served as Major William Martin."
"The man who never was."

If it's down it's down together
If it's up, it's up as one
So sail on, boys
Through stormy weather
Soon the journey will be done
If it's down, it's down together
If it's up, it's up as one
So sail on, boys through stormy weather
Soon the journey will be done!

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Written by: David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Zoe Roberts, Natasha Hodgson

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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