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"I've Got No Strings" (or "I Got No Strings") is a song originally featured in the feature film, Pinocchio.

Plot

After being sold to Stromboli by Honest John and Gideon, the song is performed by Pinocchio in his first and only performance. Other puppets, representing different countries, join in throughout the show.

Stromboli later sings a short reprise while feasting and counting his earnings in his caravan.

Lyrics

Pinocchio:
I've got no strings
To hold me down
To make me fret, or make me frown
I had strings
But now I'm free
There are no strings on me

Hi-ho the merry-o
That's the only way to be
I want the world to know
Nothing ever worries me

Hi-ho the merry-o
I'm as happy as can be
I want the world to know
Nothing ever worries me

I've got no strings
So I have fun
I'm not tied up to anyone
They've got strings
But you can see
There are no strings on me

Dutch marionette:
You have no strings
Your arms is free
To love me by the Zuyder Zee
Ja, ja, ja
If you would woo
I'd bust my strings for you

French marionette:
You've got no strings
Comme ci comme ça
Your savoir-faire is ooh la la!
I've got strings
But entre nous
I'd cut my strings for you

Russian marionette:
Down where the Volga flows
There's a Russian rendezvous
Where me and Ivan go
But I'd rather go with you

Hey!

Cossack marionettes: Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

Pinocchio: Hey!

There are no strings on me

Stromboli:
I've got no strings, but I've got the brain
I buy a fancy coat and I'll swing-a the cane
I eat the best and I drink-a champagne
I got no strings on me!

An earlier version of the song exists and was originally intended to be sung in a different scene, possibly before Pinocchio encounters Honest John and Gideon. A vinyl recording of the song performed by Victor Young and the Ken Darby Singers is the only known version still surviving.

Singer 1:
Why does the gay little dickey-bird sing?

Singer 2:
Who put the 'zing' in the butterfly's wing?

Singer 3:
What's the reason for the smile on the troubadour?

Singers:
Why does the breeze have a barrel of fun? (Ooh-woo-Ooh-woo)
Even the bee, who's a son of a gun? (humming)

Pinocchio:
It's all because they're free
and stringless, the same as me.

Singers:
And who are you, we'd like to know?

Pinocchio:
Who, me? I'm Pinocchio!

And I've got no strings
To hold me down
To make me fret, or make me frown
I once had strings
But now I'm free,
There are no strings on me

Hi-ho the merry-o
That's the only way to be
I want the world to know
Nothing ever worries me

I've got no strings
So I have fun
I'm not tied up to anyone
How I love my liberty,
There are no strings on me

I've got no strings
To hold me down
To make me fret, or make me frown
I once had strings
But now I'm free.
There are no strings on me

Singers:
Hi-ho the merry-o

Pinocchio:
I'm as happy as can be

Singers:
Hi-ho, Pinocchio

Pinocchio:
Nothing ever bothers me

I've got no strings
So I have fun
I'm not tied up to anyone
How I love my liberty
There are no strings on me!

Trivia

  • A snippet of the song is heard instrumentally in Chef Donald when Donald is covered in batter and dangles like a puppet.
  • Barbra Streisand did a cover of the song in the 1960s.
  • This song was included on the Disney Sing Along Songs VHS You Can Fly.
  • Several lines from the song are briefly sung by Ultron in the 2015 Marvel film Avengers: Age of Ultron, soon after he gains sentience and establishes his base of operations in Sokovia. A snippet of the original song, as performed by Dickie Jones, is heard immediately thereafter. A dark rendition of the song features heavily in promotional trailers for the film. The song references Ultron as a dark parallel of Pinocchio.[1]
  • In 2016, the song was used in a Beats commercial to promote wireless headphones. It featured Pinocchio (as originally performed by Dickie Jones), and a cast of A-list musicians and celebrities, as they lip-synch along to the lyrics.

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Media
Films: PinocchioLive Action filmVideoGeppetto

Television: House of MouseA Poem Is...
Video games: Video gameKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop DistanceDisney Emoji Blitz
Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookPinocchio's Adventures

Disney Parks
Cinderella Castle Mystery TourDisney Animation BuildingDisney Friends of the MonthIt's a Small WorldPinocchio's Daring JourneyStitch and Friends Summer SurpriseStorybook Land Canal Boats

Entertainment: AnimagiqueDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney's WishesFantasmic!Fantasy FestivalOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives OnOnce Upon a Mouse
Restaurants: Cleo'sPinocchio Village Haus Restaurant
Shops: Geppetto's Holiday WorkshopPleasure Island CandiesStromboli's Wagon
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Main Street Electrical ParadeMickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's Storybook ExpressMickey's WaterWorksSpectroMagicThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Firework: Believe... There's Magic in the StarsDisneyland ForeverFantasy in the SkyMagicalOnce Upon a TimeRemember... Dreams Come TrueWishesWonderful World of Animation
Halloween: Kooky Spooky Halloween NightMaze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment Continues
Christmas: Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Characters
PinocchioJiminy CricketThe Blue FairyGeppettoFigaroCleoHonest JohnGideonStromboliThe CoachmanThe Coachman's GoonsLampwickThe Stupid Little BoysMonstro
Locations
VillageGeppetto's WorkshopStromboli's CaravanThe Red Lobster InnPleasure Island
Songs
Pinocchio: When You Wish Upon a StarLittle Wooden HeadGive a Little WhistleHi-Diddle-Dee-DeeI've Got No Strings

Geppetto: ToysEmpty HeartAnd SonJust Because It's MagicBravo, Stromboli!Satisfaction GuaranteedPleasure IslandSince I Gave My Heart Away
Deleted: Jiminy CricketHonest JohnAs I Was Sayin' to the DuchessTurn On the Old Music BoxNo StringsRolling Along to Pleasure IslandThree Cheers for AnythingMonstro the Whale


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