The lyrics to "You Need Hands" are published on pages 122-3 along with an extra verse written for the stage version, but the Decca recording and the British Library catalogue credited it as written by Roy Irwin; a mistake they amended when we presented them with evidence to the contrary. It was published by Lake View Publishing and performed by Max Bygraves with The Clarke Brothers and Eric Rogers and his Orchestra.
Later, it was recorded by Eydie Gormé and became a big hit; the original version was the alternative A Side to "Tulips From Amsterdam". This is probably the last song any musicologist would expect The Sex Pistols to record but a thematic - and very tasteful - recording can actually be laid at their door.
Regarding the actual authorship of the song, in August 2010, Barney Hooper of the Performing Rights Society confirmed that Roy Irwin and Max Bygraves were one and the same person. It remains to be seen why he should have used a pseudonym but the song was owned by his own company, Lake View Publishing, through which he bought the Lionel Bart musical Oliver
The claim has also been made that "You Need Hands" won him the Songwriter of the Year Award in 1958, but according to Kate MacCormick of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors:
'From our records, it seems that Max Bygraves was the runner up in the Best Selling and Most Performed Item of the Year category for "You Need Hands" in 1958.
As such, he could be described as an Ivor Novello Nominee but he didn't receive an Ivor.'