Watch Dumbo Song of the Roustabouts

music by Frank Churchill, lyrics by Ned Washington, sung by The King's Men as Roustabout Chorus, clip from Dumbo (1941) movie

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Song lyrics

Hike! Ugh! Hike! Ugh! Hike!
We work all day, we work all night
We never learned to read or write
We're happy-hearted roustabouts
Hike! Ugh! Hike! Ugh! Hike!
When other folks have gone to bed
We slave until we're almost dead
We're happy-hearted roustabouts
Hike! Ugh! Hike! Ugh! Hike!
We don't know when we get our pay
And when we do, we throw our pay away
(When we get our pay, we throw our money all away)
We get our pay when children say
With happy hearts, "It's circus day today"
Muscles achin'
Back near breaking
Eggs and bacon what we need (Yes, sir!)
Boss man houndin'
Keep on poundin'
For your bed and feed
There ain't no let up
Must get set up
Pull that canvas! Drive that stake!
Want to doze off
Get them clothes off
But must keep awake
Swing that sledge! Sing that song!
Work and laugh the whole night long
You happy-hearted roustabouts!
Pullin', poundin', tryin', groundin'
Big top roundin' into shape
Keep on working!
Stop that shirking!
Grab that rope, you hairy ape!

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The animation of Dumbo is credited to Bill Tytla (1904 - 1968). He is considered among the best character animators of his era. His other main credits include the animation of Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Stromboli in Pinocchio (1940) and Chernabog in Fantasia (1940).

The song is included in Dumbo Movie Songs

The most financially successful film for the Disney studios in the 1940s. At the time it was only the second Disney animated feature to turn a profit on its first release. It would be another nine years before another animated feature would be profitable, with the release of Cinderella (1950).

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