The Magic Song

Why reciting spells if you just can sing them? Disney certainly prefers to make a dashing song out of every enchantment. I suspect that especially the Sherman brothers had a lot of fun connecting nonsense words to memorable lyrics. I admit though that I personally gravitate more to the simpler tunes, along the line of Rapunzel’s “Healing Incarnation”. In addition, some of the best scores in Disney movies are connected to magical scenes – like “Transformation” from Beauty and the Beast.

But the most succesful magic song was also the very first one. “Bibbidi-bobbidi-bo” established the concept of creating new words in songs long before the Sherman Brothers made it a habit.  And it set the guidelines for those kind of songs: Everything is allowed, but keep it brief.

Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
Put ’em together and what have you got
Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
It’ll do magic believe it or not
Salagadoola means mechicka booleroo
But the thingmabob that does the job is
Salagadoola menchicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
Put ’em together and what have you got
bibbidi-bobbidi bibbidi-bobbidi bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

If you look really hard at the lyrics, they don’t make any sense whatsoever. The most I can discern from it is “those are the words we need to do the spell”. But the play with language nevertheless makes it work. No wonder it got the academy award nomination over “A dream is a wish your heart makes”.


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