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"Work Song (Cinderelly, Cinderelly)" is a song written and composed by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston for the film Cinderella (1950). It is sung by the mice.


Every time she finds a minute,
that's the time when they begin it!
Cinderelly, Cinderelly!

Anastasia and Drizella:

(Annoyed, Jaq kicks the door closed.)
Cinderelly, Cinderelly
Night and day, it's Cinderelly!
"Make the fire, fix-a breakfast, wash the dishes, do the mopping..."
Female Mice:
"And the sweeping and the dusting!"
They always keep her hopping!
She go around in circles, till she's very, very dizzy
Still, they holler!
Female Mice:
Keep a-busy Cinderelly!

(Song temporarily stops)
 Yeah, keep a-busy! (Kicks thimble)
 (Sits down on thimble)
 (Looks up at dress) You know what? Cinderelly not go to the ball.
Female Mouse:
Male Mouse:
Not go?
What did you say!?
You'll see; they'll fix her!
Work, work, work!
She'll never get her dress done!
 (Stutters) Poor Cinderelly!
Female Mouse:
(Looks at picture in book thoughtfully) Hey! We can do it!

(Song resumes)
Female Mouse:
(Sings while other mice look in approval)
We can do it, we can do it
We can help-a Cinderelly!
We can make the dress so pretty
There's nothing to it, really!
(Mice begin to dance) We'll tie a sash around it
Put a ribbon through it
When dancing at the ball
She'll be more beautiful than all
(Birds begin to join in helping)
In the lovely dress we'll make for Cinderelly!
Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry
Gonna help our Cinderelly!
Got no time to dilly-dally
We've got to get a-going!
 (Dragging scissors) I'll cut it with the scissors!
(Holding sewing needle) And I can do the sewing!
Female Mouse:
(Takes sewing needle) Leave the sewing to the women!
You go get some trimming!
Female Mice:
(Sing as Jaq motions for Gus to follow him) And we'll make a lovely dress for Cinderelly! Woo!
Gus and Female Mice:
We'll make a lovely dress for Cinderelly!

(Skip to second part of song, lyrics are from "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes")
Female Mice:
A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
Female Mouse: (Begins to scat a tune)
Female Mice:
In dreams, you will lose your heartaches
Female Mouse: (Finishes scatting)
Whatever you wish for, you keep... Oh! (Pulls tail out of path of scissors)
Gus: (Scats while using scissors with Jaq's help)
Female Mice:
Have faith in your dreams and someday
 (Chirp the lyrics "Your rainbow will come smiling through")
Female Mouse:
 No matter how your heart is grieving
 (Uses sewing needle to hold part of dress into place) If you keep on believing
 (Uses sewing needle to hold another part of dress into place) The dream that you wish will come true!
(Vocalizing as they work; the dress continues to be assembled)
Jaq and Gus:
 (Placing spools of thread into a shoe) Whatever you wish for, you keep!
Jaq: (Whistles)
Female Mouse:
All right! (Pulls on string)
Bert and Mert:
 (Begin pulling on string to lift shoe full of thread) Heave-ho! Heave-ho! Heave-ho!
Mice: No matter how your grieving
Female Mouse:
 (Sings while threading a needle) Hmm, hmm, hmm, believing
The dream that you wish will come true!
Will come true! (Last note is held)
A dream is a wish your heart makes when you're fast asleep... (Begins to vocalize)
Birds: (Chirp as they notice an uneven part of the ribbon)
Jaq: (Vocalizes as he cuts the uneven part of the ribbon)
(Finish vocalizing) The dream that you wish will come true!


  • In the "Chowder" episode "Shnitzel Quits", the three rats sings "Schnitzel-Fella", which sounds similar to The Work Song.


  • Music and Lyrics by Mack David, Jerry Livingston, and Al Hoffman
  • Performed by Chorus

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Film songs: Cinderella | A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes | Sing, Sweet Nightingale | Work Song (Cinderelly, Cinderelly) | Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo | So This is Love | Perfectly Perfect | More Than a Dream | At the Ball | I Still Believe
Deleted Songs: Dancing on a Cloud | The Cinderella Work Song | The Face That I See in the Night | The Dress That My Mother Wore | Sing a Little, Dream a Little
Other Songs: All Because of a Shoe | It's Never Too Late

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