Album: Disney's Robin Hood (1973)


  • Country singer Roger Miller wrote and performed this song for the 1973 Disney animated feature Robin Hood. The cast of talking animals includes Robin Hood the fox and his pal Little John the bear, along with Miller's Alan-a-Dale, a rooster who narrates the film.
  • Robin Hood is a legendary hero of English folklore who steals from the rich and gives to the poor with the help of his Merry Men, including his lieutenant, Little John. The outlaws hide out in Sherwood Forest to evade capture by Prince John and his villainous Sheriff of Nottingham. Miller's song follows the pair's friendship and their bravery in the face of imminent danger:

    Robin Hood and Little John
    Runnin' through the forest
    Jumpin' fences, dodgin' trees
    An' tryin' to get away
    Contemplatin' nothin'
    But escape an' fin'lly makin' it
    Oo-de-lally, Oo-de-lally
  • Miller wrote and sang two other songs for the film: "Whistle-Stop" and "Not in Nottingham."
  • Before he headed to Nashville to become a songwriter, Texas-born Miller grew up on an impoverished farm in the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma during the Great Depression and joined the army to avoid jail time for stealing a guitar. He would be known for honky-tonk inspired novelty hits like "King Of The Road" and "Dang Me." By the time Robin Hood hit theaters in 1973, Miller had also released his 12th studio album, Dear Folks, Sorry I Haven't Written Lately (his first with Columbia Records).
  • Miller tapped into his animal instincts, of the cartoon variety, again in 1978 when he voiced Speiltoe, the equine narrator, in Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey.
  • This was featured in the 2015 Android TV commercial "Friends Furever." With the tagline "be together and not the same," the clip celebrates the strength of unlikely friendships, including an orangutan hanging out with a dog and a kitten nuzzling a baby chick.

Comments: 1

  • Larry James Honorable from Goshen IndianaDo you have that song in Hebrew?
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Grunge Bands Quiz

Grunge Bands QuizMusic Quiz

If the name Citizen Dick means anything to you, there's a chance you'll get some of these right.

Trucking Songs That Were #1 Hits

Trucking Songs That Were #1 HitsSong Writing

The stories behind the biggest hit songs about trucking.

Dr. John

Dr. JohnSongwriter Interviews

The good doctor shares some candid insights on recording with Phil Spector and The Black Keys.

Which Songs are About Drugs?

Which Songs are About Drugs?Fact or Fiction

"25 or 6 to 4" to "Semi-Charmed Life" - see if you can spot the songs that are really about drugs.

Amy Grant

Amy GrantSongwriter Interviews

The top Contemporary Christian artist of all time on song inspirations and what she learned from Johnny Carson.

Donald Fagen

Donald FagenSongwriter Interviews

Fagen talks about how the Steely Dan songwriting strategy has changed over the years, and explains why you don't hear many covers of their songs.