Heigh-Ho

Album: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Songfacts®:

  • This might be called the song of industrious dwarfs, and is probably the best known song from the 1937 Walt Disney cartoon Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs; in the film it is sung by all seven of them on their way to work. Like the rest of the score it was composed by Frank Churchill (1901-42) with lyrics by Larry Morey (1905-71).
  • The sheet music credits "HEIGH-HO (The Dwarfs' Marching Song)" copyright 1938 by Bourne Inc, Assigned to Bourne Co of New York, 1961. The song has been covered by Mannheim Steamroller, among others, and it has even been known for people to sing it on their way to work! It also lends itself readily to parody. There is some suggestion that musically it may have been inspired by "The Happy Farmer, Returning From Work," a piano instrumental published by the German composer Robert Schumann in 1848.
  • Few songs are performed or even alluded to in legal proceedings, but the appearance of "Heigh-Ho" in a German court case was nothing to laugh about. In 2012, Wadim Golanev walked into the courtroom as a witness but walked out as an accused. The prosecutor was a dwarf; Silke Schoenfleisch-Backofen stands only three feet eight inches tall, and when she questioned Herr Golanev, he could only burst out laughing and into this song. He was issued a summons to appear before a judge the following month. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3

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  • Zabadak from London, EnglandThis is often obliquely referred to in Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" series of comedy fantasy novels, where Dwarves would gather together...
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