Bambi “Let’s Sing a Gay Little Spring Song” (1942)

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After Bambi is taken in by his father, the story moves forward presumably to the following spring and there’s a humorous song called “Let’s Sing a Gay Little Spring Song” (featuring extensive use of the word “gay” when it referred to one being “happy”). This song is performed by all the birds of the forest as they flitter about and find mates, to the unending consternation of Friend Owl, who is just trying to get some sleep. This song has one of my favorite funny moments in it. Mid-song, Owl starts hooting to try and get the birds to be quiet. After a giant HOOT-HOOT! all of the birds go silent, momentarily placating Owl into thinking he’s gotten his peace and quiet. Wrong! The song restarts without warning and Owl finally gives up, flying to a distant tree to try and get some sleep.

Let’s sing a gay little spring song
This is the season to sing
So I’d like to suggest
That we all do our best
And warble a song about spring
Spring, spring, spring
Let’s get together and sing

Let’s sing a gay little spring song
Just like the bird on the wing
Things always seem right
When you’re chipper and bright
So let’s get together and sing
Sing, sing, sing
Let’s sing a song about spring

Let’s twitter and tweet
Like the birdies in May
Get into the mood
And be merry today
Forget all your troubles and warble away
Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do
Oh!

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Let’s sing a gay little spring song
Music’s a wonderful thing
Come on and rejoice
At the top of your voice
Oh, let’s sing a song about spring
Spring, spring, spring
Let’s get together and sing

Let’s sing a gay little spring song
This is the season to sing

I know some people like to titter about the name of this song, but it really is fun to listen to. If birds could sing with human voices, I’d imagine this is exactly what they’d sound like. Another funny thing is, when I was little, I felt really bad for Friend Owl, but also laughed at him too. Now that I’m getting older, I find myself understanding how the poor bird feels (especially when he launches into his line at the end of the scene: “Same thing every spring….love’s sweet song…humph! Pain in the pinfeathers I call it!”)

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After the extremely dark moment where Bambi loses his mother, it made sense to transition to a bright moment full of laughter and bright colors (which is an extreme contrast with the winter scene that preceded this one). As much as I enjoy this scene, there are times where I feel like it’s almost too much, like sometimes I feel like the song is too happy. However, for the most part, I enjoy listening to it.

Let me know what you think of “Let’s Sing a Gay Little Spring Song” in the comments below and have a great day!

See also:

Bambi “Love is a Song” (1942)

Bambi “Little April Shower” (1942)

Bambi “Looking For Romance” (1942)

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3 thoughts on “Bambi “Let’s Sing a Gay Little Spring Song” (1942)

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