'Is it worth the waiting for, if we live till eighty-four, all we ever get is GRUEL.
Everyday we say a prayer, will they change the bill of fare, still we get the same old GRUEL.
There's not a crust, not a crumb can we find, can we beg, can we borrow or cadge. But there's
nothing to stop us from getting a thrill when we all close our eyes and imagine...
Food, glorious food..we're anxious to try it. Three banquets a day, our favorite diet!
Just picture a great big steak, fried roasted or stewed...oh! Food, wonderful food,
marvelous food, glorious food.'
Lionel Bart was 28 when he wrote the book, music and lyrics to OLIVER! based on the 1838 Charles
Dickens classic OLIVER TWIST.