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The Ballad of Magellan is a song where Yakko, Wakko, Dot, and the Background Singers harmonize to the tune of "Git Along, Little Doggies" about the voyages traveled by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. The lyrics were written by John P. McCann and Paul Rugg, and the harmonies arranged by Julie Bernstein.

The song made its debut on the "Yakko's World" album, released on September 4, 1994. When it was first released, all the Warners sang just the chorus, while the lines "Hey, that's Argentina.", "Hey, that's Chile.", "Hey, I think that's Guam.", and "I think they're attacking!" were spoken by Rob Paulsen in different voices. Magellan was very likely voiced by Jess Harnell for the original version.

In 1996, the song was later animated for the series as a segment, with Wakko and Dot saying all the spoken dialogue, and Magellan now voiced by Rob Paulsen. This version was also used on the sing-along VHS, "Animaniacs Sing-Along: Mostly in Toon".

VOICE CAST/PERFORMERS[]

Original[]

Voice Actor/Actress Character(s) Notes
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner (Singing Voice)

Additional Background Singers

Jess Harnell Wakko Warner

Magellan

Tress MacNeille Dot Warner
321SPONGEBOLT Background Singer

Yakko Warner

321SPONGEBOLT shifted his voice up 3 semi-tones to try sounding like Yakko.

Televised Version[]

Voice Actor/Actress Character(s) Notes
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner (Singing Voice)

Magellan

Rob re-dubbed Magellan's lines for the animated version of the song.
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner
321SPONGEBOLT Background Singer

Yakko Warner

321SPONGEBOLT shifted his voice up 3 semi-tones to try sounding like Yakko.

EPISODE TRANSCRIPT[]

Click here to view the transcript for 321SPONGEBOLT's version of this song-turned-episode.

LYRICS[]

Yakko: ♪There once was a man. His name was Magellan.♪

♪A Portuguese skipper, the girls found him cute.♪

Background Singer #1: ♪He sailed with five ships, to find the East Indies.♪

♪Then come back to Spain, with a bounty of loot.♪

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, oh happy Magellan! Starting your journey with hardly a care.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, strong, brave Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko: ♪They crossed the Atlantic and spotted a country, Magellan said...♪

Magellan: It's the East Indies at last!

Background Singer #1: ♪But then someone shouted...♪

Background Singer #2: Hey, that’s Argentina.

Yakko: ♪Magellan got cranky and chopped down the mast.♪

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, settle down, Magellan!♪

♪Put down that axe, there's no time to despair.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, keep trying, Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko: ♪A great storm arose in the mighty Pacific, the five little ships, were diminished to three.♪

♪At last land was sighted Magellan was happy. But then someone shouted...♪

Background Singer #2: Hey, that's Chile!

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, cheer up, Magellan!♪

♪Check out your map and don't tear out your hair.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, keep trying, Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko: ♪It took them five months, but they crossed the Pacific.♪

Background Singer #1: ♪They spotted a land that was dotted with palms.♪

Yakko: ♪Magellan proclaimed...♪

Magellan: Yes! That's the East Indies!

Yakko and Background Singer #1: ♪But then someone shouted...♪

Background Singer #2: Hey, I think that's Guam!

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot: ♪Ay-yi-yi-yi!♪

Background Singer #1 and other Background Singers (In harmony with the Warners): ♪Ay-yi-yi...♪

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Oops, Magellan! Your fun little journey's become a nightmare.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, keep trying, Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko and Background Singer #1: ♪They sailed due west to the Philippine Islands. Magellan was pleased as the natives drew near.♪

Yakko: ♪But then someone shouted...♪

Background Singer #2: I think they’re attacking!

Yakko: ♪Magellan said...♪

Magellan: What?

Yakko: ♪And got hit by a spear!♪

(Music Stops)

Background Singer #1: Big deal! I could’ve dealt with those natives in 5 seconds if you didn’t stop me.

Yakko: Yeah, but then you would’ve messed up the timeline.

Background Singer #1: Point taken.

(Music Continues)

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, farewell, Magellan! You almost made it, it's really not fair!♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, oh, ghost of Magellan, the East Indies islands were right over there.♪♪

Yakko: ♪There once was a man. His name was Magellan.♪

♪A Portuguese skipper, the girls found him cute.♪

Background Singer #1: ♪He sailed with five ships, to find the East Indies.♪

♪Then come back to Spain, with a bounty of loot.♪

All Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, oh happy Magellan! Starting your journey with hardly a care.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, strong, brave Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko: ♪They crossed the Atlantic and spotted a country, Magellan said...♪

Magellan: It's the East Indies at last!

Background Singer #1: ♪But then someone shouted...♪

Background Singer #2: Hey, that’s Argentina.

Yakko: ♪Magellan got cranky and chopped down the mast.♪

All Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, settle down, Magellan!♪

♪Put down that axe, there's no time to despair.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, keep trying, Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko: ♪A great storm arose in the mighty Pacific, the five little ships, were diminished to three.♪

♪At last land was sighted Magellan was happy. But then someone shouted...♪

Background Singer #2: Hey, that's Chile!

All Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, cheer up, Magellan!♪

♪Check out your map and don't tear out your hair.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, keep trying, Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko: ♪It took them five months, but they crossed the Pacific.♪

Background Singer #1: ♪They spotted a land that was dotted with palms.♪

Yakko: ♪Magellan proclaimed...♪

Magellan: Yes! That's the East Indies!

Yakko and Background Singer #1: ♪But then someone shouted...♪

Background Singer #2: Hey, I think that's Guam!

First half of Background Singers: ♪Ay-yi-yi-yi!♪

Second half of Background Singers (In harmony with the first group): ♪Ay-yi-yi...♪

All Background Singers: ♪Oops, Magellan! Your fun little journey's become a nightmare.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, keep trying, Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko and Background Singer #1: ♪They sailed due west to the Philippine Islands. Magellan was pleased as the natives drew near.♪

Yakko: ♪But then someone shouted...♪

All Background Singers (except #1): I think they’re attacking!

Yakko: ♪Magellan said...♪

Magellan: What?

Yakko: ♪And got hit by a spear!♪

(Music Stops)

Background Singer #1: Big deal! I could’ve dealt with those natives in 5 seconds if you didn’t stop me.

Yakko: Yeah, but then you would’ve messed up the timeline.

Background Singer #1: Point taken.

(Music Continues)

All Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, farewell, Magellan! You almost made it, it's really not fair!♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, oh, ghost of Magellan, the East Indies islands were right over there.♪♪

Yakko: ♪There once was a man. His name was Magellan.♪

♪A Portuguese skipper, the girls found him cute.♪

Background Singer #1: ♪He sailed with five ships, to find the East Indies.♪

♪Then come back to Spain, with a bounty of loot.♪

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, oh happy Magellan! Starting your journey with hardly a care.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, strong, brave Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko: ♪They crossed the Atlantic and spotted a country, Magellan said...♪

Magellan: It's the East Indies at last!

Background Singer #1: ♪But then someone shouted...♪

Wakko: Hey, that’s Argentina.

Yakko: ♪Magellan got cranky and chopped down the mast.♪

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, settle down, Magellan!♪

♪Put down that axe, there's no time to despair.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, keep trying, Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko: ♪A great storm arose in the mighty Pacific, the five little ships, were diminished to three.♪

♪At last land was sighted Magellan was happy. But then someone shouted...♪

Dot: Hey, that's Chile!

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, cheer up, Magellan!♪

♪Check out your map and don't tear out your hair.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, keep trying, Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko: ♪It took them five months, but they crossed the Pacific.♪

Background Singer #1: ♪They spotted a land that was dotted with palms.♪

Yakko: ♪Magellan proclaimed...♪

Magellan: Yes! That's the East Indies!

Yakko and Background Singer #1: ♪But then someone shouted...♪

Wakko: Hey, I think that's Guam!

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot: ♪Ay-yi-yi-yi!♪

Background Singer #1 and other Background Singers (In harmony with the Warners): ♪Ay-yi-yi...♪

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Oops, Magellan! Your fun little journey's become a nightmare.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, keep trying, Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko and Background Singer #1: ♪They sailed due west to the Philippine Islands. Magellan was pleased as the natives drew near.♪

Yakko: ♪But then someone shouted...♪

Yakko, Wakko, Dot, and Background Singers (except #1): I think they’re attacking!

Yakko: ♪Magellan said...♪

Magellan: What?

Yakko: ♪And got hit by a spear!♪

(Music Stops)

Background Singer #1: Big deal! I could’ve dealt with those natives in 5 seconds if you didn’t stop me.

Yakko: Yeah, but then you would’ve messed up the timeline.

Background Singer #1: Point taken.

(Music Continues)

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, farewell, Magellan! You almost made it, it's really not fair!♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, oh, ghost of Magellan, the East Indies islands were right over there.♪♪

Yakko: ♪There once was a man. His name was Magellan.♪

♪A Portuguese skipper, the girls found him cute.♪

Background Singer #1: ♪He sailed with five ships, to find the East Indies.♪

♪Then come back to Spain, with a bounty of loot.♪

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, oh happy Magellan! Starting your journey with hardly a care.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, strong, brave Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko: ♪They crossed the Atlantic and spotted a country, Magellan said...♪

Magellan: It's the East Indies at last!

Background Singer #1: ♪But then someone shouted...♪

Wakko: Hey, that’s Argentina.

Yakko: ♪Magellan got cranky and chopped down the mast.♪

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, settle down, Magellan!♪

♪Put down that axe, there's no time to despair.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, keep trying, Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko: ♪A great storm arose in the mighty Pacific, the five little ships, were diminished to three.♪

♪At last land was sighted Magellan was happy. But then someone shouted...♪

Dot: Hey, that's Chile!

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, cheer up, Magellan!♪

♪Check out your map and don't tear out your hair.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, keep trying, Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko: ♪It took them five months, but they crossed the Pacific.♪

Background Singer #1: ♪They spotted a land that was dotted with palms.♪

Yakko: ♪Magellan proclaimed...♪

Magellan: Yes! That's the East Indies!

Yakko and Background Singer #1: ♪But then someone shouted...♪

Wakko: Hey, I think that's Guam!

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot: ♪Ay-yi-yi-yi!♪

Background Singer #1 and other Background Singers (In harmony with the Warners): ♪Ay-yi-yi...♪

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Oops, Magellan! Your fun little journey's become a nightmare.♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, keep trying, Magellan! You'll find the East Indies, you just don't know where.♪

Yakko and Background Singer #1: ♪They sailed due west to the Philippine Islands. Magellan was pleased as the natives drew near.♪

Yakko: ♪But then someone shouted...♪

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot: I think they’re attacking!

Yakko: ♪Magellan said...♪

Magellan: What?

Yakko: ♪And got hit by a spear!♪

(Music Stops)

Background Singer #1: Big deal! I could’ve dealt with those natives in 5 seconds if you didn’t stop me.

Yakko: Yeah, but then you would’ve messed up the timeline.

Background Singer #1: Point taken.

(Music Continues)

Warners and Background Singers: ♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, farewell, Magellan! You almost made it, it's really not fair!♪

♪Whoopie ti-yi-yo, oh, ghost of Magellan, the East Indies islands were right over there.♪♪

AUDIO SAMPLES (Original Version)[]

Original Version


Instrumental Version (Part 1)


Instrumental Version (Part 2)


All Background Singers' lines


Background Singer's acapella lines


Background Singer's lines


Other Background Singers' lines


Magellan's lines


Warners' lines


Yakko and Background Singer's lines


Yakko's lines

AUDIO SAMPLES (Televised Version)[]

Televised Version


Televised Version (Alternate)


Televised Version (With Sound Effect)


Televised Version (Alternate) (With Sound Effect)


Instrumental Version (Part 1 only)


Background Singer's acapella lines (With Sound Effect)


Background Singer's lines (With Sound Effect)


Background Singer's lines


Magellan's lines


Warners' lines (With Sound Effect)


Warners' lines


Yakko and Background Singer's lines (With Sound Effect)


Yakko and Background Singer's lines


Yakko's lines (With Sound Effect)


Yakko's lines

BONUS TRACKS[]

Original Version with the Warners' lines from the televised version


Televised Version with the other Background Singers' lines from the original CD version

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