Victorian Inventions: Song & Lyrics


The Victorians sing about their endless list of inventions!

From Series 2 Episode 7


‘Twas the age of queen Victoria
A period notorious
So many brand new goods we did create.

Our list is long and glorious,
Though I don’t intend to borious
Was a time of great invention

Was it really? What did we invent then?

Well I’m just about to mention,
Drum roll please lets raise the tension
We invented this. Music hall.

Is that all?

A chap called Henry Bessemer invented molten steel
Which led to other chaps creating the automobile
Which let to petrol, tires and bikes so all that was required
Was roads so concrete came and tarmac thought up to

Your hired!

Ooooh. Concrete, tarmac, steel.
The automobile
Seal of rubber wheel
Such inventive zeal

Still there’s plenty to reveal.
Victorian brains worked over time to come up with ideas.
We invented lights bulbs.
Nice one!

Type writers and radios, now news was fast conveyed. Hello?
A telephone was no good till a second phone was made. Hello!

Our inventors did not snooze,
Always had another rouse.
The latest flushing loo
Films that did amuse.
Flashbulb cameras to use.

What a picture! What a picture!

Vacuum cleaners, toilet paper, postboxes and stamps
Toilets, aspirin, anesthetics, locks, electric lamps.
Sewing machines, X-rays, comics, ice cream in a pot.
Easter eggs and rockets, we invented the whole lot.

Ooo… !

Hang on there’s more

Trains and lines and bridges and the underground as well.
Paddle steamers prams and disinfectant for their smell
Sterile doctors instruments, one last unmentioned brand.
Victorians invented the worlds first conveyor band.

Cuddly toy?
Invented 1902. The year after Victoria died.

Oooohhh, barometers were new
Iron ships a coo
What genius!
Thank you.
Seems we’re almost through

Just one little oversight…
We… invented… dynamite.