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"Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee", also known as An Actor's Life For Me, is a song from Disney's 1940 animated feature film Pinocchio. It is sung by Honest John Worthington Foulfellow as he persuades Pinocchio to ditch school and instead join Stromboli as an actor in his show.

The song was later played as an instrumental tune in several areas of the film, including being played at The Red Lobster Inn when Honest John and Gideon are meeting with The Coachman, played as the theme for Pleasure Island, and a whistled tune by Lampwick.

The song was performed by Honest John's voice actor, the late Walter Catlett.

LyricsEdit

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!
With clothes that come from the finest shop.
And lots of peanuts and soda pop.
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee an actor’s life for me.
It’s great to be a celebrity.
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!
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!

The grass is always greener in the other fellow's yard
No matter what your life may be, you'll think your life is hard
If I could pick and choose, and nature wasn't a factor
Here's a bit of news, I'd pick the life of an actor

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
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 actor is the king!

An actor could never earn his bread
if he was born with a wooden head
Guess I'll have to be instead
a puppet on a string

Oh, c'mon now, my puppet friend
That isn't the way your life will end
The theater calls, my son

Calling me? Yes, yes, go on.

I see your name in lights
I hear wild applause
for you, you're a sensation overnight
The stage is set, there's your cue!

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-Dum, an actors life is fun!
You wear your hair in a pompadour!
You ride around in a coach with four!
I'll stop and buy out a candy store!
An actor's life for me!

Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee.
Tra-laa-laa-laa, tra-laa-laa-lee
Tra-laa-laa, tra-laa-laa
Tra-laa-laa, tra-laa-laa
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Doo.
Tra-laa-laa-laa, tra-laa-laa-loo
Tra-laa-laa, tra-laa-laa
Tra-laa-laa, tra-laa-laa
Tra-laa-laa-laa-laa-laa-laa
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. 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!

An actors life for me!

Other AppearancesEdit

  • The song was featured on the following albums:
    • Pinocchio (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    • Walt Disney Records - The Legacy Edition: Pinocchio
    • The Disney Collection - Volume 1 (1987 & 1991 editions)
    • Disney's Greatest Volume 4
    • Pure Children's Magic
    • The Greatest Lyricists - Ned Washington
  • The song had an alternate version on the Vinyl Record released in conjunction with the film.
  • The song is included in the Tokyo Disneyland attraction Pinocchio's Daring Journey.
  • The song was also included in two Disney Parks shows: Mickey Mouse Revue and One Man's Dream.
  • The song can also be played by Cinderella's Golden Carousel at Walt Disney World.
  • The song was included on the Disney Sing Along Songs VHS Heigh-Ho.
  • The song was performed by Fozzie Bear and Rowlf the Dog in episodes 301 and 305 of The Muppet Show.
  • The song was featured in the 1996 video game adaptation of the film, Pinocchio.
  • Donald Duck briefly sings a parody called "A Sailor's Life For Me" in an episode of the 1987 DuckTales series.
  • The song was performed on the jukebox musical revue On the Record.

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TriviaEdit

  • The song is credited as Disney's first villain song.

See AlsoEdit

           DisneyNavbox Songs

Animated Films
Hi-Diddle-Dee-DeeI've Got No StringsHi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (Reprise)The Coach to Pleasure IslandNight on Bald MountainHit the Big Boss (For a Raise)Pink Elephants on ParadeFee-Fi-Fo-FumHeadless HorsemanSing, Sweet NightingaleThe Walrus and the Carpenter'Twas BrilligPainting the Roses RedMarch of the CardsWho's Been Painting My Roses Red?A Pirate's Life (Is a Wonderful Life)The Elegant Captain HookThe Siamese Cat SongCruella De VilMad Madam MimI Wanna Be Like YouTrust in MeThe Phony King of EnglandHeffalumps and WoozlesThe World's Greatest Criminal MindGoodbye, So SoonPoor Unfortunate SoulsPoor Unfortunate Souls (Reprise)Home on the RangeGastonGaston (Reprise)The Mob SongPrince Ali (Reprise)Be PreparedThe Virginia CompanyThe Virginia Company (Reprise)Mine, Mine, MineSavages, Pt. 1Savages, Pt. 2The Bells of Notre DameOut ThereHellfireAnd He Shall Smite the WickedThe Gospel Truth IIThe Firebird SuiteYodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-OoFriends on the Other SideFriends on the Other Side (Reprise)Healing IncantationMother Knows BestMother Knows Best (Reprise)Song of Mor'duThe Backson SongLove is an Open DoorShinyKnow Who You AreRemember MeMuch Needed AdviceLa Llorona

Animated Sequels
I'm Looking Out for MeYou're Only Second RateWelcome to the Forty ThievesAre You In or Out?Don't Fall in LoveThings Are Not What They AppearMy LullabyNot One of UsJunkyard Society RagPerfectly PerfectFeel Like a MillionJust One Mistake

Other Animated Films
Der Fuehrer's FaceIt's a "B" MovieCutting EdgeWorthlessKidnap the Sandy ClawsOogie Boogie's SongI, Ivan KrankPetey's King of FranceIt's Our House NowIf I Ruled the World

Live Action Films
We Won't Be Happy 'Till We Get It!Castle In SpainFidelity Fiduciary BankThe Happiest Home in These HillsPassamaquoddyEvery Little PieceBill of SaleSecret of SurvivalBravo, Stromboli!Come Little ChildrenI Put a Spell on YouShiver My TimbersA Professional PirateThe Legend of Davy JonesFabulousNorth Pole, North PoleHello, Little GirlAgonyStay with MeLast MidnightLet's Talk About MeI'm Number OneI'll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)Rotten to the CoreEvil Like MeEvilWays to Be WickedWhat's My Name?Chillin' Like a VillainIt's Goin' Down

Animated Series
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?The Best of EverythingFat Cat StompThe Lobster Mobster's MobMy TownOne Good ManYzmopolisCedric the GreatAll You DesireHelping HandA Kingdom of My OwnThis Fliegel Has LandedWendell's WayMy Evil DreamsMy Power Will Be Crystal ClearGet WickedOn Your/My OwnTonight We StrikeJackal StyleOutta the WayPanic and RunLions Over AllWe'll Make You a MealBring Back a LegendI Have A PlanBig Bad KengeWe're the SmartestReady As I'll Ever BeReady As I'll Ever BeI'm Gonna Run This DumpLi'l Ol' MeWeirdmageddon ThemeWe'll Meet AgainYou Can't Catch MeDon't Look NowThe Art of the StealWe've Got Dance PowerSky PiratesHurt Incantation"GlomTales" Theme Song

Deleted and Others Songs
Honest JohnRolling Along to Pleasure IslandMonstro the WhaleI'm OddBeware the JabberwockNever Smile at a CrocodileThe Mighty HuntersRunHow Much You Mean to Me/Court Me SlowlyAll Good Things Must EndWhy Me?Humiliate the BoyBe Prepared (Reprise)Snuff Out the LightGonna Get My WishShadow ManYou're YouIt's Gonna Get Weird

Parks
Hawaiian War ChatYo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)Grim Grinning Ghosts

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