There is a song playing Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 2 Episode 5: "Live from the Grill - O -Mat" during the Teddy-Neddy animation. This occurs at around 19 minutes into the show. It is at 19:14 in the video in this link. (19:17 in the version on Netflix). I like the song, but absolutely have no idea. Recognition software is not working on this.

Any identification would be helpful, or even a genre or direction. If there is more information it would be useful to provide, let me know.

  • are you sure of the time for the music ? 17:14 for me was just after a short fragment of piano, and no music was played at that point
    – Angst
    Dec 2 '18 at 12:05

I almost certain the song is "Keep the home fires burning." I believe this is confirmed in this link.


The timing is wrong. On the YouTube version is is at about 23 minutes.

There is no music credited, which was fairly common for the BBC in those days. That would suggest that it is piece of library music and production effects have "aged" it. I suspect that the piano playing in the preceding sketch "Seven Brides" is a similar library piece. Happy to be corrected.

  • The music may be what is in the sheet music which is the backdrop, but impossible to make out any details which would identify the piece
    – Angst
    Dec 2 '18 at 13:43
  • I'd thought of the sheet music. Even in freeze-frame, and the indistinct image, I couldn't quite make the melody and the sheet match up. In the end. I assumed that the sheet was just an image that Terry Gilliam had decided to use. Dec 2 '18 at 13:54
  • It sounds like a 19th century piece. It might be a well-known piece, or something unknown off some sheet music picked up in a junk shop - both seem equally likely in the context of a Terry Gilliam animation.
    – Angst
    Dec 2 '18 at 20:32

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