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Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee
Originally performed by
Composer Leigh Herline
Lyrics Ned Washington
Performer(s) Walter Catlett (J. Worthington Foulfellow)
Fozzie Bear & Rowlf the Dog
Films Pinocchio
Shows The Muppet Show
Attractions Pinocchio's Daring Journey
Video games Pinocchio
Albums The Disney Collection - Volume 1 (1987 & 1991 editions)
Pinocchio Official Soundtrack
Preceded by Give A Little Whistle
Followed by I've Got No Strings
Video
Pinocchio OST - 09 - Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life For Me)01:41

Pinocchio OST - 09 - Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life For Me)

"Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee" is a song from the 1940 animated film Pinocchio, notable as being the first Disney villain song ever. It is performed by J. Worthington Foulfellow as he and Gideon take Pinocchio to Stromboli's Caravan, telling the wooden boy that he will be a star there. The tune is used throughout the film to represent temptation despite sounding cheery; Foulfellow again sings it when taking Pinocchio to the Coachman ("It's Pleasure Isle for me!"), and the tune is heard on Pleasure Island while the boys enjoy themselves. Lampwick also whistles it to himself as he plays pool. It is also sung at the The Red Lobster Inn.

It was also featured in Episode 301 of The Muppet Show and later reused in Episode 305, sung by Fozzie Bear and Rowlf the Dog.

Lyrics

Foulfellow: Come on to the theater!
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee. An actor's life for me!
A high silk hat, and a silver cane.
A watch of gold, with a diamond chain.
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Day an actor's life is gay!
It's great to be a celebrity.
An actor's life for me!
(break)
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dum. An actors life is fun!
(break)
An actor's life for me!
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee, an actors life for me!
A waxed moustache and a beaver coat.
A pony cart and a billy goat.
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dum, an actors life is fun!
You wear your hair in a pompadour!
You ride around in a coach with four!
You stop and buy out a candy store!
An actor's life for me!
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee. An actor's life for me!
With clothes that come from the finest shop,
And lots of peanuts and soda pop.
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Doo. You sleep 'til after two!
It's great to be a celebrity, an actor's life for me!

Pinocchio's Daring Journey version

Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee, an actor's life for me!
A high silk hat and a silver cane, a watch of gold with a diamond chain
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Doo, you sleep 'til after two
It's great to be a celebrity, an actor's life for me!
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dum, an actor's life is fun
With clothes that come from the finest shop, and lots of peanuts and soda pop
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Doo, you sleep 'til after two
It's great to be a celebrity, an actor's life for me!

Reprise

Hi-diddle-dee-dee, it's Pleasure Isle for me

Where ev'ry day is a holiday, and kids have nothing to do but play

Hi-diddle-dee-doo, if what I hear is true

At noon each day, there's a big parade

The river's flowing with lemonade

A land of pudding and marmalade

It's Pleasure Isle for me!

The Muppet Show Version

Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee
Muppet Show01:59

Muppet Show. Fozzie Bear and Rowlf - An Actor's Life for Me

Fozzie: Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee. An actors life for me!

A high silk hat, and a silver cane.

A watch of gold, with a diamond chain

Hi-Diddle-Dee-Doo, you sleep 'til after two

You promenade with a big cigar

You tour the world in a private car

You dine on chicken and caviar

An actors life for me!

(break)

Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee. An actors life for me!

A high silk hat, and a silver cane.

A watch of gold, with a diamond chain

Hi-Diddle-Dee-Doo, you sleep 'til after two

(break)

Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee An actors life for me!

A high silk hat, and a silver cane.

A watch of gold, with a diamond chain

Hi-Diddle-Dee-Doo, you sleep 'til after two

You promenade with a big cigar

You tour the world in a private car

You dine on chicken and caviar

An actors life for me!

Fozzie and Rowlf: An actors life for me!

Trivia

  • In an episode of DuckTales, Donald Duck began to sing a song similar to this. He sang "Hi-diddle-dee-dee, a sailor's life for me." when he was trapped in a room, not thinking straight while Scrooge McDuck and their nephews were trying to look for him and save him from becoming a bad spirit pharaoh permanently. Presumably Donald's version was meant as an antithetical version to Pinocchio and Honest John's ideas of a life of luxury and ease, as Donald's sailor job, like many in the Navy, was full of long hours, hard work, cramped quarters, and little time for rest and relaxation.


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Media: Pinocchio | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | House of Mouse | A Poem Is...

Video games: Video game | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Disney Parks: Pinocchio's Daring Journey | Storybook Land Canal Boats | Fantasmic! | Pinocchio Village Haus

Characters: Pinocchio | Jiminy Cricket | The Blue Fairy | Geppetto | Figaro | Cleo | Honest John and Gideon | Stromboli | The Coachman | The Coachman's Minions | Lampwick | The Stupid Little Boys | Alexander | Monstro

Objects: Stromboli's Puppets

Locations: Village | Geppetto's Workshop | Stromboli's Caravan | The Red Lobster | Pleasure Island | The Sea

Vehicles: The Coachman's Stagecoach | Geppetto's Boat

Songs: When You Wish Upon a Star | Little Wooden Head | Give a Little Whistle | Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee | I've Got No Strings

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