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"Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" is a Disney song from the 1946 film, Song of the South. It was sung by Uncle Remus as a segue to the first animated Br'er Rabbit segment. A reprise is sung at the end of the film, by Johnny, Ginny, and Toby, with Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Frog, and other critters.

Despite Disney not releasing the film on any home video format in the United States, due to accusations of racism and stereotypes of African Americans, the song is the only element from it that has still been actively marketed, and it remains a well-known one, appearing in various media, most notably at Splash Mountain and, prior to that, it was remixed to be part of the Main Street Electrical Parade's Neon Finale unit, which lasted from 1977 to 1978. Before that, it was also the finale for the Mickey Mouse Revue. The song was featured in The Muppet Show in the Alan Arkin episode. Donald Duck quacks the song at the very beginning of the 1948 short, Soup's On.

In the early years of the Disney Channel, an instrumental version of the song was often used as background music for bumpers and promos. The Mickey Mouse Disco version of the song was also used for a DTV music video in the 1980s, using clips from Donald's Off Day, Flowers and Trees, Donald's Vacation, Self Control, and Springtime for Pluto.

It was also ranked #77 on the list AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs,[1] along with "Hakuna Matata" (#99), "Someday My Prince Will Come" (#19), "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (#36), "Wind Beneath My Wings" (#44), "When You Wish Upon a Star" (#7), "Beauty and the Beast" (#62), and "The Rainbow Connection" (#74). It is one of only seven songs from Disney that made the cut.

On the Disney Sing Along Songs video, Disneyland Fun, the song is performed over a montage of visitors riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Star Tours, Star Jets, the Matterhorn Bobsleds, and the monorail. This version used a new rap portion created as part of Splash Mountain's promotional media push that has since become an internet meme.

It is sung in another Disney Sing Along Song video, Pongo and Perdita, as the opening song.

Tom Hanks sang it in Splash, and Angela Lansbury sang it on The Best of Disney Music: A Legacy in Song. It was performed by several child actors, in several musical styles, in the 1993 Touchstone Pictures release Life with Mikey. "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" won the Academy Award for Best Song.

The late Ric Ocasek sang the song in Simply Mad About the Mouse.

In 2020, due to the controversial nature of the film the song originated from, the song was removed from the Disneyland entrance area music medley, and a Mickey Mouse ornament that played the song was pulled. It was also since removed from the "Festival of Fantasy Parade" at Walt Disney World, and its inclusion in the "Magic Happens" parade at Disneyland is most likely why that parade has yet to return. However, the above-mentioned Muppet Show episode featuring the song can still be found on Disney+.

Lyrics

Uncle Remus: It happened on one of them Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah days. Now that's the kind of day when you can't open your mouth without a song jump right out of it.

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headed my way
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder
It's the truth
It's actual
Everything is satisfactual
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Wonderful feeling
Wonderful day

Yessssssir.

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
My oh my what a wonderful day
Moles: Oh, plenty of sunshine headed our way
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Uncle Remus: Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder
It's the truth (Hummingbirds: Mm-hmm)
It's actual (Hummingbirds: Mmmmmm...)
Everything is satisfactual
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Wonderful feeling
Feeling this way

(buzzing with the bees)
Zum, zum, zum, zum, zum, zum, zum
Zum, zum, zum, zum, zum, zum, zum
Boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom a-boo!

Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder
It is the truth (Bees: Mm-mm!)
It's actual (Hummingbirds: Mm-mmm!)

Huh?

Whar is dat bluebird?

(Mr. Bluebird whistles)

Mm-hmm!
Everything is satisfactual
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Wonderful feeling
Wonderful d—

All: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headed my way
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Johnny: Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder
Ginny Favers: It is the truth
It's actual
Toby: Everything is satisfactual
All: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Wonderful feeling
Wonderful day

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headed my way...

Br'er Rabbit: Howdy do! How do you do?
All: Oh, hello there Br'er Rabbit! Hi, Br'er Rabbit!
Br'er Rabbit: Yes, sir! This here's one of them Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Days for sure!
Zip, zip, zip, zip

All: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headed my way
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Johnny: Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder
Uncle Remus: It's the truth
It's actual
Everything is satisfactual!

All: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headed my way
(with Br'er Frog joining in)
Wonderful feeling
Wonderful day

Br'er Frog: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
All: Wonderful feeling
Wonderful day

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headed my way
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Chorus: Mr Bluebird's on my shoulder
It's really true
It's actual
Everything is satisfactual
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Oh what a wonderful feeling
What a wonderful day

Singing a song
A song of the south

Chorus: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
My oh my, what a wonderful day!
Welcoming back Brer Rabbit today
We always knew that he'd get away!
He's had enough of movin' on now
It's where he's born and bred in
The Briar Patch is where he's headin'
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
My oh my, what a wonderful day!
Plenty of sunshine heading our way.
We never doubted he'd get away!

Moving on taught him a lesson
You've learned it well, Brer Rabbit
Gettin' caught's a nasty habit!

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
Wonderful feeling, feeling this way!
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
It's a time for celebratin' today!
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
Gathered together this wonderful day!

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
Brer Fox and Brer Bear are gonna get it today!
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
That hungry gator's gettin' his way!

Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder
It's the truth, it's actual
Everything is satisfactual...

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!

[solo by Br'er Rabbit and Mr. Bluebird]

Br'er Rabbit and Mr. Bluebird: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
Br'er Rabbit: Home sweet home is the lesson today
My, oh my! Born and bred in the Briar Patch and I'm here to stay!

I'm through with moving on now
It's where I'm born, and bredin’
The Briar Patch is where I'm headin'

Br'er Rabbit and Mr. Bluebird: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
Br'er Rabbit: I'm back in my home now and I'm sure gonna stay

Mr. Bluebird: I told you Br'er Rabbit. There ain't no place far when you’re in trouble.
Br'er Rabbit and Mr. Bluebird: Home sweet home is the lesson today
Br'er Rabbit: Don't you worry Mr. Bluebird. I learned my lesson.
Mr. Bluebird: The Briar Patch is where you were born and the Briar Patch is where you’re gonna stay.
Br'er Rabbit: One of these days, I gotta thank Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear for flingings me back home to my Briar Patch.

Br'er Rabbit and Mr. Bluebird: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
Br'er Rabbit: I'm back in my home now, and I'm gonna stay
My, oh my, born and bred in the Briar Patch and I'm here to stay!
Mr. Bluebird: I'm glad you even helped save the town this time, Br’er Rabbit.
Br'er Rabbit and Mr. Bluebird: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
Br'er Rabbit: I'm so glad to be here
Mr. Bluebird: And he's here to stay

Br’er Rabbit and Mr. Bluebird: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
Br'er Rabbit: Home sweet home
Mr. Bluebird: Is the lesson today
Br'er Rabbit: Don’t you worry Mr. Bluebird. I learned my lesson.
Mr. Bluebird: I’m glad you even helped save the town this time, Br'er Rabbit.

Br'er Rabbit: Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder
It’s the truth!
Mr. Bluebird: It’s the truth!
Br'er Rabbit: It's actual!
Mr. Bluebird: It’s actual!
Br'er Rabbit and Mr. Bluebird: Everything is satisfactual!

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee ay!
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!

Well, you know it is a thrill
When you go downhill
'Cause you're riding on a mountain
Of your own free will
And you're zippin' in a flash
On a daring dash
Down the waterfall so rapid
That you go "splish splash"
Zip, zip, zip, zip, zip, zip
Zip, zip, zip, zip, zip, zip, zip
Zip, zip-a, zip-a-dee-doo-dah
Zip, zip-a, zip-a, zip-a-dee-do-dah-day

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headed my way
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder
It's the truth
It's actual
Everything is satisfactual
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headed my way
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay

It's the truth
It's actual

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headed my way
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder
Everything is satisfactual
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Wonderful feeling
Feeling this way
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Wonderful feeling
Wonderful day

Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder
It's the truth
It's actual
Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder
It's the truth
It's actual
It's the truth
It's actual
It's the truth
It's actual
Everything is satisfactual
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Wonderful feeling
Feeling this way

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Wonderful feeling
Wonderful day

(Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay... Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay...)

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headed my way
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headed my way
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Ay

Gallery

Videos

References


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Media
Song of the SouthOne Hour in WonderlandThe Walt Disney Christmas Show
Disney Parks
Mickey Mouse RevueSplash Mountain

Entertainment: Mickey's Gift of DreamsOnce Upon a Mouse
Parades: Disney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Party ExpressJubilation!
Fireworks: Fantasy in the SkyRemember... Dreams Come TrueWorld of Color: Celebrate!
Spring: Disney's Easter WonderlandUsatama on the Run!

Characters
JohnnyUncle RemusGinny FaversTobySallyGrandmotherAunt TempyJohnMr. FaversMrs. FaversMaidJake and Joe FaversBr'er RabbitBr'er FoxBr'er BearBr'er TerrapinMother PossumMr. BluebirdSis MolesBr'er FrogThe Bees
Songs
Song of the SouthThat's What Uncle Remus SaidZip-a-Dee-Doo-DahWho Wants to Live Like That?Let the Rain Pour DownHow Do You Do?Sooner or LaterEverybody's Got a Laughing PlaceAll I Want
Locations
GeorgiaBriar PatchChickapin Hill
See Also
Disney Sing Along Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-DahTar Baby
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