Whistle While You Work

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"Whistle While You Work" is a song with music written by Frank Churchill and lyrics written by Larry Morey for the 1937 animated Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was performed in the film, at least unofficially, by voice actress Adriana Caselotti. It also is featured in the 1979 stage adaption.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song is heard in the Oscar-winning 1938 Frank Capra film You Can't Take it With You.
  • The song is heard in the 1941 Warner-Brothers film noir Crime Drama Out of the Fog
  • The song was covered by Alvin and the Chipmunks for their 1959 debut album Let's All Sing with The Chipmunks and would later be adapted into a musical segment on The Alvin Show in 1961.
  • Louis Armstrong recorded "Whistle While You Work" for the album "Disney Songs the Satchmo Way" in 1968[1]
  • The song is also heard in the 1988 film Splash, Too, the sequel to the 1984 film Splash during a scene when Allen and Madison fix up their new home that Allen's brother Freddie got for them after he sold his apartment and afterwards Madison whistles the song as well while making Breakfast.
  • A reference to the song was made in the first episode of DuckTales; at one point, Scrooge McDuck tells an employee "There'll be no whistling while you work!"
  • A children's parody version of the song often uses lyrics such as "Hitler is a jerk, Mussolini is a weenie." (Or in a more vulgar vein, "...Mussolini bit his weenie, now it doesn't squirt (or "work" in another version)!" or "...Mussolini chopped his weenie, now it doesn't work!" ) Several variants are cited in Iona and Peter Opie's survey, The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren.
  • Sony Music included a Children's Chorus version on the 3-CD release Favorite Children's Songs in 2004. [2]
  • The song was also parodied in the British sitcom Dad's Army where Pike remarks "Whistle while you work, Hitler is a twerp. He's half barmy, so's his army" to a captured German officer.
  • The Family Guy episode "Whistle While Your Wife Works" is a parody of the name of the song.
  • The song is paid tribute to in Disney's Enchanted with "Happy Working Song."
  • The melody of the song is whistled near the end of The Smiths 1984 song, "How Soon Is Now?"
  • The Looney Tunes 1958 cartoon "Weasel While You Work" is a parody of the name of the song.
  • The Kidsongs Kids and the Camp Counselors sing this song while putting on a show on their "A Day at Camp" video and DVD.
  • Brian Wilson covered it in a medley on his album In the Key of Disney, which was released on October 25, 2011.
  • Toby Turner, Chester See, and Wayne Bradey made a song called "Whistle While I Work It"
  • The National Youth Jazz Orchestra included a big band version in their Setting Standards album
  1. ^ as mentioned in the book "Louis Armstrong: The Life, Music, and Screen Career" by Scott Allen Nollen, p. 183
  2. ^ Sony Music A3K 74640