Quite a loony selection for a group of drunken reprobates.
Judge Doom

"The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" is a song written in 1937 by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin. It is best known as the theme tune for the Looney Tunes cartoon series and Merrie Melodies reissued cartoon series produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons. Roger Rabbit sings it to entertain barflies in Dolores' bar, and Eddie Valiant later sings it to make the Toon Patrol laugh themselves to death. These are not the actual lyrics to the song; they were written for the film only. Since pretty much all of the Looney Tunes are friends with both Roger and Eddie, it stands to reason that Roger and Eddie would be familiar with the song.

The song's melody was used in the DuckTales episode, "Metal Attraction", in which a version of the song, with alternate lyrics, is performed by the Singing Chocolates.


Roger Rabbit:
Oh, Roger is my name
And laughter is my game
C'mon, cowpoke
It's just a joke
Don't sit there on your brain

(spoken) Woo-hoo-hoo! Nice shirt! Who's your tailor? Quasimodo? Hoo-hoo!

I'm not that debonair
I'm just a silly hare
If you want class
I'll have to pass
So go get Fred Astaire

(spoken) Yeah, he's good. But can he do this? Bl-bl-bl-bl-bl-bl-bl! Eat your heart out, Ginger Rogers!

My buddy's Eddie V.
A sourpuss, you see
But when I'm done
He'll need no gun
Cause a joker he will be
C, D, E, F, G, H, I...

Love to raise some cain
Believe me, it's no strain
It feels so great
To smash a plate
And look, there is no pain... (record starts skipping) no pain... no pain...

Eddie Valiant:
Now Roger is his name
Laughter is his game
C'mon, you dope
Untie his rope
And watch him go insane

This singin' ain't my line
It's tough to make a rhyme
If I get stuck
I'm out of luck...

Jessica Rabbit (spoken):
I'm running out of time!

I'm through with taking falls
I'm bouncing off the walls
Without that gun
I'd have some fun
I'll kick you in the...

Roger Rabbit (spoken):

Smarty (spoken):
"Nose"? That don't rhyme with walls!

Eddie (spoken):
No, but this does.

Ask me why I'm happy singing like a lark
And I'll tell you of an old amusement park
A merry-go-round was there
I gladly paid the fare
My baby rode around with me
Then suddenly

The merry-go-round broke down
As we went round and round
Each time t'would miss, we'd steal a kiss
When the merry-go-round went
Um-pah-pah! Um-pah-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah-pah!
The merry-go-round broke down
And it made the darnedest sound
The lights went low, we both said, "Oh!"
'Cause the merry-go-round went
Um-pah-pah! Um-pah-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah-pah!

Oh, what fun, a wonderful time
Spending love for only a dime

The merry-go-round broke down
But you don't see me frown
Things turned out fine 'cause now she's mine
'Cause the merry-go-round went
Um-pah-pah! Um-pah-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah-pah!
The merry-go-round-broke down!



  • If viewers consider Who Framed Roger Rabbit a Disney film, this is the first song in which a rhyme is subverted, as Eddie almost says he will kick the weasel in the privates, but instead, he pauses and Roger shouts, "Nose!"
    • The second time is in "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King, where Pumbaa sings, "And I got downhearted, every time that I..." when Timon stops him from saying "farted" by advising him, "Hey, Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids!" This change is ultimately inverted/subverted/lampshaded in the 2019 remake.
    • The third time is in "The Backson Song" from Winnie the Pooh, where Owl sings, "Its toes are black, its fur is blue. I swear that all I tell you is not made up," when viewers were expecting to hear "is true."
    • The fourth time is in "In Summer" from Frozen, where Olaf sings, "Winter's a good time to stay in and cuddle." He almost says he will be a puddle, but instead, he pauses and says, "Happy snowman!"

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