Chim Chim Cher-Ee

Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber

About Chim Chim Cher-Ee

"'Chim chimmeny" is a song from Mary Poppins, the 1964 musical motion picture. It was originally sung by Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews, and also is featured in the Cameron Mackintosh/Disney Mary Poppins musical. The song won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2005, Julie Andrews included this song as part of "Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs."


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2001
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Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-oo
Good luck will rub off when
I shakes 'ands with you
Or blow me a kiss
And that's lucky too

Now as the ladder of life
'As been strung
You may think a sweep's
On the bottommost rung

Though I spends me time
In the ashes and smoke
In this 'ole wide world
There's no 'appier bloke

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-oo
Good luck will rub off when
I shakes 'ands with you

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-oo
Good luck will rub off when
I shakes 'ands with you

I choose me bristles with pride
Yes, I do
A broom for the shaft
And a brush for the flume

Up where the smoke is
All billered and curled
'Tween pavement and stars
Is the chimney sweep world

When the's 'ardly no day
Nor 'ardly no night
There's things 'alf in shadow
And 'alf way in light
On the roof tops of London
Coo, what a sight

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee
When you're with a sweep
You're in glad company

No where is there
A more 'appier crew

Than them wot sings
Chim chim cher-ee
Chim cher-oo
Chim chim cher-ee
Chim chim cher-ee chim cher-oo

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Julie Andrews

Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (née Julia Wells; born 1 October 1935) is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director, and dancer. She is the recipient of Golden Globe Award, Emmy Award, Grammy Award, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honours. In 2000, she was made a Dame for services to the performing arts by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. more »

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Written by: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman

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10 facts about this song

Oscar Winner
"Chim Chim Cher-ee" won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song was written by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman specifically for the Disney movie "Mary Poppins."
Inspiration
The song was reportedly inspired by a drawing of a chimney sweep, made by the children of the Sherman brothers. It represents the worldviews and happy-go-lucky nature of those who do simple but meaningful jobs.
Lead Performer
Julie Andrews, famous for her role as Mary Poppins, sang "Chim Chim Cher-ee" alongside Dick Van Dyke in the film. However, the song is strongly associated with Van Dyke's character, Bert, who works as a chimney sweep.
Critical Praise
Beyond its Oscar win, "Chim Chim Cher-ee" is regarded as a classic. Rolling Stone magazine included it in its "40 Greatest Disney Songs" list in 2019.
Cultural Impact
Despite its specific references to chimney sweeps, the song transcended its original context. It became synonymous with culture and nostalgia of old London and remains a favorite performance piece in film tribute shows and Broadway revivals.
Variations
The song has various tempos and arrangements throughout the film. It appears as a light-hearted song-and-dance number, a slower and reflective lullaby version, and a sprightly orchestral passage.
Unique Tune
"Chim Chim Cher-ee" has a unique melodic structure, penned in a minor key that gives the song a melancholic yet hopeful feel that wasn't very common in children's movies at the time of the film's release.
Cover Versions
Over the years, the song has been covered by numerous artists in different music styles. Notable covers include renditions by Cher, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong.
Languages
Like many popular Disney songs, "Chim Chim Cher-ee" has been translated and recorded in multiple languages including Italian, Spanish, and French.
Part of a Hit Soundtrack
The entire Mary Poppins soundtrack, which includes "Chim Chim Cher-ee," was an enormous success. It reached number one on the Billboard chart, remaining there for fourteen weeks.

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