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"Just Keep Swimming" is a song from the 2003 Disney/Pixar animated film, Finding Nemo and its 2016 sequel. It is Dory's signature song, which she uses as a mantra to calm herself, and give herself the strength to never give up. It was taught to her by her parents. The song was not included in the film's soundtrack nor in the sequel's soundtrack.


Finding Nemo

The song is first sung when Dory and Marlin swim towards the Abyssopelagic Zone to find the mask while Marlin constantly gets bothered. It is briefly sung by Dory again during the end of the film when Marlin tells a group of groupers caught in a fishing net to swim downwards as the groupers break the giant fishing net.

Finding Dory

In one of the flashbacks, Dory's parents Charlie and Jenny taught their daughter the song when she was a baby fish. Later in the present in the touch pool area at the Kid Zone, Dory tells Hank to keep swimming, just like what her parents taught her in which Hank tells her it is too dangerous to move because of the children touching the animals. Suddenly after Dory sings while guiding Hank to escape, dozens of worms warn Dory and Hank about Poker's Cove, the part in the touch pool where animals usually get touched by humans.


Just keep swimming
Just keep swimming
Just keep swimming
Swimming, swimming

What do we do?
We swim, swim, swim
Oh, ho, ho, ho!
How I love to swim!
When you want to swim
You want to swim!

Just keep swimming
Just keep swimming... (screams)
My mom wrote this song for me
It's gonna get us out of here...

(speaking) Sing with me, Hank! Come on!


  • In the widescreen disc of the 2003 Finding Nemo, Dory (offscreen) constantly chants "Just keep watching" (still the same tune of her signature song) repeatedly while Marlin (also offscreen) tells the viewer to remove the disc from the DVD player so that the viewer can stop hearing Marlin and Dory talking.
  • The application, Finding Dory: Just Keep Swimming, is named after Dory's signature song.

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Films: Finding NemoFinding DoryExploring the ReefMarine Life InterviewsDory's Reef CamPixar Popcorn (Dory Finding)

Video Games: Finding NemoFinding Nemo: The Continuing AdventuresFinding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue Disney UniverseNemo's ReefFinding Dory: Just Keep SwimmingDisney Crossy RoadDisney Infinity: 3.0 EditionDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Music:: Finding NemoFinding DoryFinding Nemo: The MusicalFinding Nemo: Ocean Favorites
Books: Little Golden BookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingBig Golden BookThe Art of Finding NemoThe Art of Finding Dory

Disney Parks
Disney's Art of Animation ResortDisney's Explorers LodgeCrush's CoasterDisney Animation BuildingFinding Nemo Submarine VoyageIt's a Small WorldNemo & Friends SeaRiderPixar Pal-A-RoundThe Seas with Nemo & FriendsTurtle Talk with Crush

Entertainment: Fantasmic!Finding Nemo: The MusicalPixar Playtime PalsRivers of Light: We Are One
Parade: Disney Stars on ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeMickey's Storybook ExpressPaint The Night ParadePixar Play ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Firework: Disneyland ForeverHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularILLUMINATE! A Nighttime CelebrationTree of Life AwakensWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color
Summer:Mickey's WaterWorksPixar Water Play Street Party!Summer Blast

Finding Nemo: NemoMarlinCoralDoryPearlTadSheldonMr. RayBruceAnchorChumGillNigelCrushSquirtDr. Philip ShermanDarlaAnglerfishSeagullsMoonfishWhaleTank Gang

Finding Dory: JennyCharlieBaileyDestinyHankFluke and RudderGeraldBeckyOttersGiant SquidStanBillStingrays
Other: SeaRider

AustraliaGreat Barrier ReefSydney HarbourAbyssopelagic ZoneCaliforniaMorro BayMidnight ZoneMarine Life Institute
AquaScum 2003Pixar BallPizza Planet truckP. Sherman's Diver Goggles
Finding Nemo: Nemo EggFirst DayField TripLet's Name the SpeciesJust Keep SwimmingBeyond the Sea

Finding Dory: Main TitleO, We're Going HomeWhat a Wonderful WorldUnforgettableSolsbury Hill
Musical/Theme Parks: In The Big Blue WorldGo With the Flow

See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a BoxFinding Nemo (franchise)Finding Nemo 2