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Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee
Originally performed by
Composer Leigh Herline
Lyrics Ned Washington
Performer(s) Walter Catlett (Honest John)
Fozzie Bear & Rowlf the Dog
Feature films Pinocchio
Short films
Television programs The Muppet Show
Attractions Pinocchio's Daring Journey
Mickey Mouse Revue
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
Disney's "Pinocchio" - An Actor's Life for Me01:49

Disney's "Pinocchio" - 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 Honest John 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

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!

Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dum. An actors life is fun!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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

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.


Pinocchio logo

Media: Pinocchio | House of Mouse | A Poem Is... | Live Action film

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

Books: Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book

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 Goons | Lampwick | The Stupid Little Boys | Alexander | Monstro | The Magic Birds

Objects: Stromboli's Puppets

Locations: Village | Geppetto's Workshop | Stromboli's Caravan | The Red Lobster Inn | 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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