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"Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee" is a song from the 1940 animated film Pinocchio, notable as being the first Disney Villain song ever in the Disney Animated Canon. 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; Honest John again sings it when taking Pinocchio to the Coachman ("It's Pleasure Isle for me!") An instrumental portion is heard when Pinocchio and a group of boys are taken to Pleasure Island , and the tune is heard being played on calliope while the boys enjoy themselves. Lampwick also whistles it to himself as he plays pool.

In the Walt Disney Presents episode "A Salute to Father", Goofy is first heard singing a version of this song, but with revised lyrics about the joys of bachelorhood. Later in the same episode, as a miserable Goofy, having lost his money in a poker game, sits on a park bench on a cold autumn day, the episode narrator (John Dehner) sings a more depressed version of this song to show how bachelorhood is not all it is cracked up to be and advises Goofy to settle down and get married.

The song was also featured in Episode 301 of The Muppet Show and later reused in Episode 305, sung by Fozzie Bear and Rowlf the Dog. The same version was sung by Mickey Mouse and Goofy with Donald Duck interjecting in the 1989-1990 Disneyland show One Man's Dream. Also, at the beginning of the DuckTales episode "Spies in Their Eyes", Donald is heard singing the song, with the "actor's life for me" line changed to "sailor's life".

(1940): Lyrics[]

Honest John: 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-dee
An actor's life for me
A wax mustache and a beaver coat
A pony cart and a billy goat
Hi-diddle-dee-dum
An actor's life is fun
You wear your hair in a pompadour
You ride around in a coach and four
You stop and buy out a candy store
An actor's life for me!

(2022): Lyrics[]

Honest John: 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-dee
An actor’s life is gay
It’s great to be a celebrity
An actor’s life for me

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