The song is performed by Amy Adams as Giselle. After seeing the untidiness and the dirtiness of Robert's apartment, Giselle decides to clean it with the help of animals from the neighborhood. Since she is now in New York City, instead of the traditional adorable woodland creatures answering her call, urban vermin such as pigeons, rats, cockroaches and flies respond to do the work. As she cleans the apartment, she sings "Happy Working Song" whilst interacting with the animals she has called upon for help.
The song was nominated for an award at the 80th Academy Awards in the Best Original Song category, in which two other songs from the film were also nominated.
Come my little friends
As we all sing a happy little
Merry little voices clear and strong
Come and roll your sleeves up (so to speak)
So that we can pitch in
Cleaning crud up in the kitchen
As we sing along
And you’ll trill a cheery tune in the tub
As we scrub a stubborn mildew stain
Pluck a hairball from the shower drain
To the gay refrain
Of a happy working song
We’ll keep singing without fail
Otherwise we’d spoil it
Hosing down the garbage pail
And scrubbing up the toilet
How we all enjoy letting loose
With a little "la da dum dum dum"
While we’re emptying the vacuum
It’s such fun to hum
A happy working song
Mmm, mmm, a happy working song...
Oh, how strange a place to be
Till Edward comes for me
My heart is sighing
Still, as long as I am here
I guess a new experience
Could be worth trying...
Hey! Keep drying!
You could do a lot when you got
Such a happy little tune to hum
While you’re sponging up
The soapy scum
We adore each filthy chore
That we determine
So friends, even though you’re vermin
We’re a happy working song
Singing as we fetch the detergent box
Or the smelly shirts and the stinky socks
If you cannot sing, then hum along...
As we’re finishing
Our happy working song!
Wasn’t this fun!?