Music Mondays: Chim Chim Cher-ee
For me, one of the great moments from the 87th Academy Awards show last night happened right after the Sound of Music medley to commemorate its 50th anniversary. When Disney Legend and Academy Award Winner Julie Andrews came out to acknowledge Lady Gaga's amazing performance, it was "practically perfect in every way".
In 1965, the 37th Academy Awards presented Andrews with a Best Actress Oscar for her leading role in Mary Poppins. Disney Legends, Robert and Richard Sherman, also won for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Chim Chim Cher-ee.
Chim Chim Cher-ee is Bert's (the chimney sweep) theme song. The character of Bert is portrayed by Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke. The story goes that this song was inspired by storyboard drawings from Mary Poppins' screenwriter, Don DaGradi. DaGradi explained how in British folklore, chimney sweeps were signs of good luck. Here are some of lyrics that the Sherman Brothers came up with:
Chim chim cher-ee!
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be…
…Good luck will rub off when
I shake ‘ands with you
Or blow me a kiss
And that’s lucky too.
It's become an iconic Disney tune. You can hum this Oscar winning song and most people can join you. Now you know it's about good luck.
So next time you run into a chimney sweep, shake hands or blow 'em a kiss for luck.