I've Got No Strings

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"I've Got No Strings"
Song by Dickie Jones
from the album Pinocchio (soundtrack)
Released1940 (1940)
LabelVictor Records (US)
His Master's Voice (UK)
Composer(s)Leigh Harline
Lyricist(s)Ned Washington

"I've Got No Strings" (also known as "I Got No Strings") is a song from Walt Disney's animated film Pinocchio sung by Dickie Jones as Pinocchio. He dances with several types of puppets including a Dutch puppet (and several Dutch girl puppets), a French puppet (and a few grinning cancan dancing girl puppets), a Russian puppet, and Cossacks (all voiced by Patricia Page, Mae Questel and Mel Blanc). The music was written by Leigh Harline, the lyrics were written by Ned Washington.[1] The song was published in 1940.

The recording with Dickie Jones was released by Victor Records as catalog number 26479A (in United States) and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number BD 822.

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A slower, darker, more ominous version of the song was played in the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser footage shown at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International, and the official teaser trailer, released in October of that year. In a dark parallel of Pinocchio, the character Ultron (voiced by James Spader) compares himself to a puppet who has broken free of his controllers and quotes the entire first verse throughout the movie.[6][7]

In Legends of Tomorrow, when the protagonists learn that their actions have been manipulated by the Time Masters, Captain Cold sacrifices himself to destroy the source of the Time Masters' power. As he rejects the idea that he is anyone's puppet, his last words are to proclaim "There are no strings on me". Earlier in his timeline, in The Flash episode "Infantino Street", Snart says "No strings on me" to Barry Allen as they part company, then repeats it softly to himself when he is alone, as though he were having a premonition.