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"Work Song (Cinderelly, Cinderelly)" (also known as "Cinderelly") is a song written and composed by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston for the film Cinderella. It is sung by Jaq, Gus, and other mice.

The mice also sang a variant offscreen for The Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland.


All the women in the kingdom have been invited to a ball at the castle, and Lady Tremaine allows Cinderella to attend it, provided that she gets all her work done and has a nice dress by then. Cinderella thinks about fixing up her mother's old dress and wearing it to the ball, before her stepfamily calls her down to serve them. Jaq, knowing full-well that they're going to run her ragged before she can have time to improve the dress, laments that it'll be impossible for her to go to the ball. Then, one of the mice gets the idea for them all to fix up the dress while she's working and surprise Cinderella later that evening.

The song is also used as a leitmotif for whenever Cinderella has to work for her stepfamily. At times, the "how lovely it would be..." section, which is not sung, is heard instrumentally.


Jaq: Poor Cinderelly. Every time she find a minute, that's the time when they begin it! Cinderelly! Cinderelly!
Anastasia and Drizella: CINDERELLA!!

Jaq: Cinderelly Cinderelly
Night and day it's Cinderelly
Make the fire!
Fix the breakfast!
Wash the dishes!
Do the mopping!
Girl Mice: And the sweeping and the dusting!
They always keep her hopping!
Jaq: She go around in circles till she very, very dizzy
Still they holler...
Girl Mice: keep-a busy Cinderelly!

Jaq: Yeah, keep-a busy. You know what? Cinderelly not go to the ball.
Mary: What?
Mouse 2: Not go?
Mice: What did you say?
Jaq: You'll see. They fix her. Work, work, work. She'll never get her dress done.
Gus: P-P-P-Poor Cinderelly.

Mary: Hey! We can do it!
We can do it, we can do it,
We can help-a Cinderelly
We can make a dress so pretty
There's nothing to it really.
Mice: We'll tie a sash around it
Pull a ribbon through it
When dancing at the ball
She'll be more beautiful than all
In the lovely dress we'll make for Cinderelly

Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry
Gotta help-a Cinderelly
Got no time to dilly dally
We gotta get-a going

Gus: I'll cut it with these scissors
Jaq: And I can do the sewing
Mary: Leave the sewing to the women
You go get some trimming
Mice: And we'll make a lovely dress for Cinderelly
Oh, we'll make a lovely dress for Cinderelly!

Cinderella, Cinderella!
All I hear is "Cinderella!"
From the moment that I get up
Till shades of night are falling.
There isn't any letup. I hear them calling, calling.
"Go up and do the attic and go down and do the cellar!
You can do them both together, Cinderella!"

How lovely it would be
If I could live my fantasy,
But in the middle of my dreaming,
They're screaming
At me!

Cinderella, Cinderella!
All I hear is "Cinderella!"
From the moment that I get up
Till shades of night are calling.
There isn't any letup. I hear them calling, calling.
"Go up and do the attic and go down and do the cellar!
You can do them both together, Cinderella!"

Men: Cinderella, Cinderella, Cinderella, Cinderella

Woods: Oh, dear.

Cinderella, Cinderella!
All I hear is "Cinderella!"
From the moment that I get up
Till shades of night are falling.
There isn't any letup. I hear them calling, calling.
"Go up and do the attic and go down and do the cellar!
You can do them both together, Cinderella!"

Cinderella, Cinderella!
Night and day it's "Cinderella!"
I'm as busy as a spider
Who's working for his dinner
The rooms are getting wider, my hopes are getting thinner
I'm always in a flurry, they will tell me "not to worry
Take your time, but Hurry, Hurry Cinderella!"

How lovely it would be
If I could live my fantasy, (Ooohhh)
But in the middle of my dreaming,
They're screaming
At me! (Hurry, Hurry, Hurry, Hurry, Cinderella!)

Cinderella, Cinderella! All I hear is

Men: Cinderella! Take a mop and mop the ocean
And give the stars a dusting
The fringes on the hinges
In Heaven need adjusting

Woods: I go around in circles and I don't know what my aim is
All I know is that my name is Cinderella

Men: You seem to have a case
A problem very hard to face

Woods: Each time I start in with my dreaming
They're screaming
At me!

Woods: Cinderella! Cinderella! Cinderella! Cinderella!

Men: Cinderella! Cinderella!

Woods: Oh Rella, Rella Rella

Men: Oh Cinderella rella

Woods: Oh Rella Cinderella

Men: Oh cinderella

Woods: Rella

Men's: Cinderella

Woods: Rella Rella

Both: Cinderella, Cinderlla, Cinderella
(Cinderella, Cinderella, Cinderella)

Male Solo: Cinderella!

Woods: Alright, I'm coming.
(Cinderella, Cinderella, Cinderella)

Mice: What's the hurry? What's the worry?
Why the bustle and the hustle?
Why oh why the concentration?
And sudden inspiration?

Jaq: It's because the date's been planned
To open Disneyland

Mice: The front two gates are set up
And there can't be any let-up
We must do our best to finish altogether!

Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry
There's no time to sit and worry
Check the castle, fill the lake
Forsee for goodness sake

Jaq: Make a rocket that's exciting

Gus: A boat trip that's inviting

Mice: The time is ticking fast
And we've got to finish fast
'Cause we'll be there when they open Disneyland!


  • The song was parodied in a Chowder episode called "Shnitzel Quits" when three different mice sang a song called "Schnitzel-Fella".
  • It was included in the Disney Sing Along Songs videos The Bare Necessities, the US version of Colors of the Wind, and Perfectly Princess.
  • In 1949, a promotional single with Woods and a men's chorus was released with different lyrics and tempo before being rewritten.
  • Most of the female mice during the song were voiced by men doing falsetto, as evident when one listens to them without the artificial pitch-shifting.



v - e - d
Cinderella logo
Films: Cinderella (video/soundtrack) • Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (video) • Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (video/soundtrack) • Cinderella (2015 film) (video/soundtrack)

Shows: A Poem Is...Chibi Tiny Tales
Video Games: Disney Princess (video game)Cinderella's DollhouseCinderella: Magical DreamsDisney Princess: Enchanted JourneyKingdom Hearts Birth by SleepDisney InfinityDisney Princess: My Fairytale AdventureDisney Magical WorldCinderella Free FallDisney Emoji Blitz
Books: Royal WeddingsDisney Princess Beginnings
Cancelled projects: Cinderella Stories
Albums: The Lost Chords: Cinderella

Disney Parks
Castle of Magical DreamsCinderella's Fairy Tale HallCinderella CastleCinderella Castle Mystery TourDisney Animation BuildingFairy Tale ForestIt's a Small WorldMickey Mouse RevuePrince Charming Regal CarrouselPrincess PavilionStorybook Land Canal Boats

Entertainment: Cinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDream Along with MickeyFantasmic!Mickey and the MagicianMickey and the Wondrous BookMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Magical Music WorldOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!Royal Princess Music CelebrationThe Starlit Princess WaltzTwice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story
Restaurants: Cinderella's Royal Table
Shops: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Parades: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's FantillusionDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney's Party ExpressDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Magic HappensMain Street Electrical ParadeMickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's Soundsational ParadePaint The Night ParadeSpectroMagicThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeVillains Cursed CaravanNightfall Glow • Minnie's Tiara of Dreams
Fireworks: Disney EnchantmentDisney in the StarsFantasy in the SkyMagic, Music and MayhemMagical: Disney's New Nighttime Spectacular of Magical CelebrationsMomentousOnce Upon a TimeRemember... Dreams Come TrueWishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney DreamsWonderful World of AnimationWondrous Journeys
Spring: Disney Pirate or Princess: Make Your Choice
Summer: Club Mouse BeatMickey's WaterWorks
Halloween: Disney Villains Wicked GatheringFrightfully Fun ParadeHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsMickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadeVillains Dance Party
Christmas: A Christmas Fantasy ParadeCinderella's Holiday WishDisney Winter Magic CavalcadeRoyal Christmas Wishes

Original: CinderellaJaq and GusPerla and SuzyMiceBirdsPrince CharmingFairy GodmotherBrunoMajorCinderella's FatherLady TremaineAnastasia TremaineDrizella TremaineLuciferThe KingThe Grand DukeHeraldMaryRoyal Guards

Sequels: Pom-PomPrudenceBeatrice and DaphneCountess Le GrandeThe BakerFlower VendorThe Queen
Remake: Cinderella's MotherLizard FootmenMr. GooseCaptainTown CrierSir Francis Tremaine
Deleted: JabberProfessor LeFoofSpink

Cinderella's CastleCinderella's ChâteauVillageKing's Castle
Glass SlipperPumpkinPumpkin CoachMagic WandCinderella's Dress
Films: CinderellaA Dream is a Wish Your Heart MakesSing, Sweet NightingaleWork Song (Cinderelly, Cinderelly)Bibbidi-Bobbidi-BooSo This is LovePut It TogetherFollow Your HeartThe World Is Looking Up to YouIt's What's Inside That CountsPerfectly PerfectMore Than a DreamI DoAt the BallI Still BelieveLavender's BlueStrong

Deleted: Dancing on a CloudThe Cinderella Work SongThe Face That I See in the NightThe Dress That My Mother WoreSing a Little, Dream a LittleI'm in the Middle of a MuddleThe Mouse SongI Lost My Heart At the Ball
Twice Charmed: All Because of a ShoeIt's Never Too LateIn a MomentBelieve in Me
Miscellaneous: The Art of Dressing Well

See also
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