Gaston is a song from Disney’s 1991 movie Beauty and the Beast. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman wrote the Gaston lyrics and melody. Richard White performed the tune as Gaston and Jesse Corti as Gaston’s sidekick, Lefou, along with the townspeople in a bar. After failing to woo Belle, they compliment Gaston and reassure him of his greatness.
“Gaston” is a song sung by Gaston (Richard White), LeFou (Jesse Corti), Gaston’s Buddies, The Bimbettes, and the Villagers in Beauty and the Beast. The song does not introduce Gaston but elaborates on the character’s personality. After Belle humiliates him while rejecting his marriage proposal, Gaston sulks at the fireplace within his tavern.
To lift his spirits, LeFou and the villagers sing about how Gaston is good at everything and that he compares to no one. “Gaston” starts in a positive light to comfort Gaston, but it quickly becomes apparent that he is self-centered, obnoxious, prideful, and dismissive of intelligence. Throughout the song, LeFou boasts about Gaston’s greatness and gets the entire crowd to join in about how much they admire him. At first, Gaston is annoyed by LeFou’s attempts, but after a sequence where he recreates his battle victories with the men in the tavern, he regains his confidence, and the song cheers him up.
After the song, Maurice barges into the tavern, frantically seeking assistance to rescue Belle from the Beast. Believing he’s lost his sanity upon dishing out such a seemingly implausible story, he is thrown out of the tavern. However, Gaston is inspired by Maurice’s supposedly far-fetched tale to force Belle into marrying him and sings a reprise of the song with LeFou, to whom he explains his plan: to throw Maurice in the asylum in an attempt to force Belle into marrying him.
Who does she think she is?
That girl has tangled with the wrong man!
No one says “no” to Gaston!
Why it’s more than I can bear.
What for? Nothing helps.
Who, you? Never!
Gaston, you’ve got to pull yourself together.
Gosh it disturbs me to see you,
Looking so down in the dumps
Ev’ry guy here’d love to be you,
Even when taking your lumps
There’s no man in town as admired as you
You’re ev’ryone’s favorite guy
Ev’ryone’s awed and inspired by you
And it’s not very hard to see why
No one’s slick as Gaston
No one’s quick as Gaston
No one’s neck’s as incredibly thick as Gaston’s
For there’s no man in town half as manly
Perfect, a pure paragon!
You can ask any Tom, Dick, or Stanley
[Silly Girls and LeFou]
And they’ll tell you whose team they prefer to be on
[LeFou and Chorus]
No one’s been like Gaston
A king pin like Gaston
No one’s got a swell cleft in his chin like Gaston
As a specimen, yes, I’m intimidating!
[LeFou and Chorus]
My what a guy, that Gaston!
Give five “hurrahs!” Give twelve “hip-hips!”
[LeFou and Silly Girls]
Gaston is the best
And the rest is all drips
No one fights like Gaston
Douses lights like Gaston
In a wrestling match, nobody bites like Gaston!
For there’s no one as burly and brawny
As you see I’ve got biceps to spare
Not a bit of him’s scraggly or scrawny
And ev’ry last inch of me’s covered with hair
No one hits like
Matches wits like Gaston
In a spitting match, nobody spits like Gaston
I’m especially good at expectorating!
Ten points for Gaston!
When I was a lad
I ate four dozen eggs
Ev’ry morning to help me get large
And now that I’m grown
I eat five dozen eggs
So I’m roughly the size of a barge!
Oh, ahhh, wow!
My what a guy, that Gaston!
No one shoots like Gaston
Makes those beauts like Gaston
Then goes tromping around wearing boots like Gaston
I use antlers in all of my decorating!
Say it again!
Who’s the man among men
Who’s a super success don’t you know that you guessed.
there’s just one guy in town who’s got all of his down.
and his name is G-A-S-T- I believe there’s another T. it just occurred to me that I am illiterate and I never had to actually have to spell it out loud before.
- Linda Woolverton’s first draft of the film and song took the tune from similar melodies in the operetta The Student Prince.
- In the initial draft of the lyrics, it was intended initially for LeFou to sing the lyrics “In a wrestling match, nobody bites like Gaston” and “For there’s no one as burly and brawny.” However, in the song’s final version, the lyrics were sung by Stanley and the Bimbettes, respectively.
- The original version of the song had different lyrics. However, the test lyric was so well received during development that they were included in the final song release.
- In the animated film, Gaston flexes his muscles when singing how he’s roughly the size of a barge. In the live-action movie, Gaston lifts LeFou and a bar patron on his shoulders.
- During the song, LeFou, and the villagers stroke Gaston’s ego rather than tell him how he can improve himself as a person. The song is an allegory for enabling someone’s vices instead of correcting them.
- In the reprise, the final verses in the film version imply that the entire village (except for the Bimbettes) knew and agreed with Gaston’s plans of blackmail.
- The Broadway version of the reprise omits this implication that the entire village is in on the blackmail by having everyone leave the tavern before Gaston and LeFou start plotting. In the musical, the scene resulted in LeFou and Gaston singing the final verses.
- The lyrics in the Broadway reprise version were based on the song’s first draft.
- The live-action version had additional lyrics where Gaston explains that he tends to shoot his prey from behind—foreshadowing his nearly killing Beast via the same method. These lyrics were also in the first draft of the original film.
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