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The Little Mermaid – Poor Unfortunate Souls lyrics

The only way to get what you want is
To become a human yourself.

Can you do that?

My dear, sweet child. That's what I do.
It's what I live for.
To help unfortunate merfolk like yourself.
Poor souls with no one else to turn to.

I admit that in the past I've been a nasty
They weren't kidding when they called me, well, a witch
But you'll find that nowadays
I've mended all my ways
Repented, seen the light, and made a switch
True? Yes!
And I fortunately know a little magic
It's a talent that I always have possessed
And here lately, please don't laugh
I use it on behalf
Of the miserable, the lonely, and depressed (pathetic)

Poor unfortunate souls
In pain, in need
This one longing to be thinner
That one wants to get the girl
And do I help them?
Yes, indeed
Those poor unfortunate souls
So sad, so true
They come flocking to my cauldron
Crying, "Spells, Ursula, please!"
And I help them!
Yes I do

Now it's happened once or twice
Someone couldn't pay the price
And I'm afraid I had to rake 'em 'cross the coals
Yes I've had the odd complaint
But on the whole I've been a saint
To those poor unfortunate souls

Have we got a deal?

If I become human,
I'll never be with my father or sisters again.

That's right...
But you'll have your man, heh heh.
Life's full of tough choices, isn't it? Heh heh.
Oh, and there is one more thing.
We haven't discussed the subject of payment.
You can't get something for nothing, you know!

But I don't have any-

I'm not asking much, just a token really, a trifle!
You'll never even miss it...
What I want from you is - your voice.

My voice?

You've got it, Sweet-cakes,
No more talking, singing, ZIP!

But without my voice, how can I-

You'll have your looks, your pretty face!
And don't underestimate the importance of body language, ha!

The men up there don't like a lot of blabber
They think a girl who gossips is a bore!
Yes on land it's much preferred for ladies not to say a word
And after all dear, what is idle prattle for?
Come on, they're not all that impressed with conversation
True gentlemen avoid it when they can
But they dote and swoon and fawn
On a lady who's withdrawn
It's she who holds her tongue who get's her man

Come on you poor unfortunate soul,
Go ahead!
Make your choice!
I'm a very busy woman and I haven't got all day
It won't cost much
Just your voice!
Ya' poor unfortunate soul
It's sad but true!
If you want to cross a bridge, my sweet,
You've got the pay the toll
Take a gulp and take a breath
And go ahead and sign the scroll
Flotsam, Jetsam, now I've got her boys
The boss is on a roll
This poor unfortunate soul!

Beluga sevruga
Come winds of the Caspian Sea
Larengix glaucitis
Et max laryngitis
La volce to me

Now, sing!


Keep singing!

(The spell is finished and Ariel transforms, struggling up to the surface.)

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    I love this song because of how it shows the faults in the protagonist while also showing off the power-hungry energy and cunning in our villain. Ariel is honestly being selfish when she leaves her family behind for the surface, and Ursula is just using her to gain power. Really, there's not one instance when Ursula lies in this song. Ariel knows what she's getting into and the consequences of her actions, but she does it anyway because she's so madly in love with Eric. Ursula just tells her the truth, three days, true love's kiss, no voice, etc. Ariel knows what she's getting into. Also, I just love how calm and slow this song starts out, almost like a waltz, and how it all just keeps speeding up and the lyrics and visuals and the song itself just keeps getting more and more intense and crazy as it keeps going. It just shows how great of a character Ursula is. This song is definitely on my favorite villain songs list, no doubt.
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    I know what this means. It means that you have to make a choice between something you want, and something you have. Ariel, wanting the Prince, trades her voice for legs. Ursula, having tentacles, trades those for Ariel's voice and legs, if you notice when she turns into Vanessa she is what Ariel would look like if she were a brunette. So this song means love, deceit, sacrifice, bravery, beauty, power, and the strength it takes to make a decision.
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    Well, actually I think that Ariel would do anything to get the prince, and she goes to Ursula and ask for a spell. and for Ariel's bravery, she did all of it for true love. Ariel gave up her voice for being a human just to live or to see the Prince. This song means that Ariel showed courage,power,beauty, and hope. this is a good example for people who wants to become heroes.
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    This song suggests agency & promotes biblical social discourses. i.e. Ariel (the ideal beauty, ideal female because she is passive, relinquishes control of her destiny to her Dad/Prince Eric, she's an object of desire, vulnerability and protection, virtue etc..) and is a visual example used to teach the audience to perform their gender & gendered role correctly (see JUDITH BUTLER). Her hair and plump lips are red, the colour of lust and desire, her clinched waist and large ass resembles Kim Kardashian, her 'pure' white complexion and bright blue eyes signify her virtue/innocence. Ursula is a powerful, strong, independent women & threatens the female 'biblical' / 'good girl' ideal and for this she is punished severely. Her complexion is grey, neither black nor white she does not 'fit' and is not wanted. She will never be married and never find life-long happiness by way of heterosexual marriage like 'good' passive url Ariel. Ursula lives in a vagina shaped cave, and she admits "I admit that in the past I've been a nasty.. They weren't kidding when they called me, well, a witch (Another name for a whore) But you'll find that nowadays, I've mended all my ways, Repented, seen the light, and made a switch, True? Yes!" But this doesn't change anything.. she's still an unwanted whore and with her death social order will be restored (meaning man will keep their superiority class and power over the oppressed women who remain 'in their place' just like the bible says).
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