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The group of songs celebrate the death of the Wicked Witch of the East when Dorothy's house is dropped on her by the tornado and the death of the Wicked Witch of the West after being splashed with water. In "Ding-Dong! Dorothy begins singing, modestly explaining through descriptive phrasing that it "It Really Was No Miracle"; it was the wind that brought the apparent miracle. The Munchkins soon join in and sing joyfully, perhaps not really understanding how she got there, but happy at the result.
Like several of the songs on the film's soundtrack, this one makes extensive use of rhyming wordplay, containing as many Hays Office -approved words rhyming with "witch" as the composers could think of: "itch", "which", "sitch"-uation, "rich", etc.
After a short interval in which two Munchkins present a bouquet to Dorothy, Glinda tells the Munchkins to spread the news that "the wicked old witch at last is dead! The Munchkins then sing the march-style number "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead.
The Munchkins oblige, and sing "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" again. As the Munchkin soldiers march, looking vaguely like toys, some trumpeters issue a fanfare very similar to the fanfare at the beginning of the "March of the Toys" from Babes in Toyland.
Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead - Sally Boyden - A Day In A Life has a notable though perhaps unintended subtlety. Inthe operetta had been written to compete with an early and successful Broadway rendition of The Wizard of Oz. In addition, inthere had been a film version of Babes in Toylandwhich was presumably still recent in the memories of the audience. In the next interval, three Munchkin girls in ballet outfits and dancing en pointe sing "We Represent the Lullaby League," and welcome Dorothy to Munchkinland.
Immediately after, three tough-looking Munchkin boys sing "We Represent the Lollipop Guild," actually the same tune as "Lullaby League," and they similarly welcome Dorothy to Munchkinland, the center Munchkin Jerry Maren giving her a large round all-day sucker. The boys fade back into the crowd as they all come forward and begin singing and dancing "We Welcome You to Munchkinland.
The Munchkins sing and dance merrily, with "Tra-la-la-la-la-la-las," until the Wicked Witch of the West Margaret Hamiltonthe other witch's sister, bursts onto the scene in fire and brimstone, putting a sudden stop to the Munchkins' revelry, as her own well-known, sinister-sounding instrumental theme plays on the track.
There was to have been a reprise of the song, beginning "Hail Hail! The Witch is Dead", sung by the leader of the Winkies the witch's guards after the Wicked Witch of the West had been melted and the spell over them was broken, and the lead Winkie had given Dorothy the witch's broomstick.
This song and its scenes were cut from the film, which instead jumps directly from the witch's castle minus the singing Winkie to the Wizard's throne room. Parts of the song's recording survived and were included in the Deluxe CD soundtrack. The film footage of the celebration is lost, with the exception of a short clip that was actually in the film's original theatrical Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead - Sally Boyden - A Day In A Life , though it had been cut from the film.
Nearly all of the Munchkin voices were dubbed in by uncredited voice actors, who sang in their normal voices at a specific tempo, and the recordings were electronically pitched up to create the Munchkin "voices" that the audience hears during playback.
The Deluxe CD includes the actual voices of the three "Lollipop Guild" on-screen performers for contrast. According to the CD liner Thundercats - Unknown Artist - Cartoon Breaks And Sound Effects Volume 1, the uncredited voice actors for certain segments were:.
Bletcher and Colvig had previously performed voice work notably in Three Little Pigsand would go on to do a significant amount of voice work for the Warner and Disney cartoon studios. In The Goon Showit was often used as the closing theme tune, and was played live onstage by the Wally Stott Orchestra. This version, which reached 11 on the Billboard Hot chart, has been the highest American charting recording of any Harold Arlen or Wizard of Oz song by any artist since the modern chart era began in Bing Crosby on his album Thoroughly Modern Bing.
Klaus Nomi performed a cover which was released as a single in He promptly begins a rendition of "Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead. Following the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher ina social media campaign, whose Facebook page had been set up in emerged among anti- Conservative activists to encourage sales of the song so that it would chart on the UK Singles Chart ;   the song reached 2 on the chart and peaked atop the Scottish Singles Chart.
Ruth Duccini and Jerry Marenwho portrayed Munchkins in the film, reacted negatively. Duccini stated:. Nobody deserves to be treated in such a way. When we were filming the Hopeless Etheride - Twilight - Twilight no one intended it to be used in this way. I am ashamed, I really am. When it did chart, BBC Radio 1 did not broadcast the song in its entirety during its countdown programme The Official Chart  instead playing a Newsbeat report about the campaign.
The BBC justified the decision due to its context as a celebration of Thatcher's death. The campaign was countered by Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead - Sally Boyden - A Day In A Life involving " I'm in Love with Margaret Thatcher " led by the lead singer of its performers, Notsensibleswhich charted alongside "Ding-Dong!
The Witch Is Dead". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 8 February Mutant Reviewers. Responding to Margaret Thatcher's Death. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. The Guardian. Retrieved 6 May The Witch Is Dead enters chart at two". BBC News. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 July Archived from the original on 21 February Retrieved 12 April BBC to cut Thatcher protest song short".