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Walt Disney's Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah: The Academy Award Winning Song From Song of the South

Updated on October 19, 2014
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Song of the South Movie Poster
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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah: The Academy Award Winning Song From Song of the South

Ever since I discovered Walt Disney's 1946 Song of the South movie last week, I have been singing Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah over and over again. Out loud, much to the chagrin of my family. But the fact that this is one of the Walt Disney songs that I know every single word to has me wondering a bit about the history of this song. Who wrote it? Who sang it? Can I buy it?

On this page you can listen to James Baskett singing Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah. Be warned that, if you are familiar with the song, you will probably wind up with it stuck in your head, just like it is in mine. Be prepared, also, to learn a bit about the history of the song and yes, to discover where and in what format you can buy it.

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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Song

This short Youtube video features Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah with James Baskett as Uncle Remus.

Fast Facts About Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

  • Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah originated in Walt Disney's 1946 movie, Song of the South.
  • It features a blue bird, a symbol of happiness.
  • It is sung by Uncle Remus in the movie with Uncle Remus portrayed by actor James Baskett.
  • The music was written by Allie Wrubel and the lyrics were written by Ray Gilbert.
  • Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah was presented with an Oscar from the Academy Awards for Best Original Song. It was the second Disney song to win this award (with the Pinnocchio song When You Wish Upon A Star being the first.)

Walt Disney's Uncle Remus Song of the South Movie Soundtrack

\Walt Disney's Uncle Remus
\Walt Disney's Uncle Remus

If you want to own all of the music from Walt Disney's Song of the South, you will want to own this soundtrack which contains all of the music from the original soundtrack of Song of the South, including Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah and the magnificent voice of James Baskett.

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Lyrics

It happened on one of those Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah days

Now that's the kind of day when you can't open your mouth

Without a song jumping right out of it

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A

My oh my what a wonderful day

Plenty of sunshine headed my way

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A

Mister blue birds on my shoulder

It's the truth

It's actual

Everything is satisfactual

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A

Wonderful feeling

Wonderful Day

Yes Sir

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A

My oh my what a wonderful day

O plenty of sunshine headed my way

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A

Mister blue birds on my shoulder

Its the true--------------UH HUH!!!

Its actual

Everything is satisifactual

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A

Wonderful feeling

Feeling this way

Mister blue birds on my shoulder

It is the truth

It's action

Huh........Where is that blue bird?


Everything is satifaction

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A

Wonderful feeling

Wonderful Day

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah on Disney's Greatest CD or MP3

Find Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah on Disney's Greatest, Volume 1 CD

We thoroughly enjoy our Disney music and I am impressed by the range of Disney songs covered by this set, Disney's Greatest.


"From Tarzan to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, from Mulan to Lady and the Tramp, this CD and the two others in the series feature more than 60 years of Disney musical magic! Each volume contains 20 songs--all original recordings from Disney films, television, and theme parks--as well as complete song lyrics, beautiful artwork, and liner notes by film critic/historian Leonard Maltin"

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Disney's Sing-A-Long Songs

Disney's Sing-A-Long Songs Features Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah on Volume 1

Disney's Sing-A-Long Songs are collections of Disney movie MUSIC designed to lift your mood and to jog childhood memories in adults. Considered a wonderful gathering of songs, these set the bar high for further sing-a-long releases.

Disney's Sing-A-Long Songs - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah [VHS] Volume 2
Disney's Sing-A-Long Songs - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah [VHS] Volume 2

This tape is reported to include the following songs:The Mickey Mouse Club March - The Mickey Mouse Club Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Song of the South Following the Leader - Peter Pan It's a Small World - Disneyland The Unbirthday Song - Alice in Wonderland Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo - Cinderella Casey Junior - Dumbo The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Davy Crockett movies Give a Little Whistle - Pinocchio Whistle While You Work - Snow White


Is Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah a feel-good song for you?

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    • sagebrushmama profile image


      7 years ago

      I love this song!

    • sagebrushmama profile image


      7 years ago

      I haven't thought about this movie since I was quite young! Great memory!

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      7 years ago

      This brought back memories - been a while since I've heard it

    • JanieceTobey profile image


      7 years ago

      My oh my, what a wonderful day! Plenty of sunshine, heading my way! The families in our homeschool co-op just watched "Song of the South" a couple of weeks ago! We're studying that time period in history class right now.

    • rlivermore profile image


      7 years ago

      I absolutely love this song!

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      7 years ago

      Here's a thumbs up from my daughter...:)

    • hayleylou lm profile image

      hayleylou lm 

      7 years ago

      Definitely, you can't help but smile when you sing it :)

    • TopMovieSoundtr profile image


      7 years ago

      Love it. Have a listen to a laid back cover version by Steve Miller.

    • TheresaMarkham profile image


      7 years ago

      So glad you did this lens! I love the song & the movie!

    • Vikk Simmons profile image

      'Vikk Simmons 

      7 years ago from Houston

      Remember it from a long time ago. Nice job.

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile image

      Kathy McGraw 

      7 years ago from California

      I too love this song....I have it on a Disney Sing along Songs VHS and will play it with the kids and sing along with the bouncing ball :)

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      7 years ago

      It is a fun, happy song!

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Yes, definitely a feel-good song. I can't remember when I didn't know the words to Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah!

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      This is a fun lens!Now I will be singing this all night long!

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      7 years ago

      indeed Zip A Dee Doo Dah is one of our family favorites!! In fact, sister Nancy gave me a bluebird for my kitchen windowsill some years ago, and it still sits there reminding me !

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      7 years ago from Concord VA

      Yes, I love the zip-a-dee-doo-dah song! My kids had that record and they sang it all the time.


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