“Part of Your World” lyrics from the 1989 Disney animated film. The title character Ariel, the mermaid, expresses her desire to learn about and explore the human world as she swims among her collection of human artifacts in her secret grotto.
Part Of Your World Lyrics (Movie)
Look at this stuff
Isn’t it neat?
Wouldn’t ya think my collection’s complete?
Wouldn’t ya think I’m the girl
The girl who has everything?
Look at this trove
How many wonders can one cavern hold?
Lookin’ around here you think
Sure, she’s got everything
I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty
I’ve got whosits and whatsits galore
You want thingamabobs?
I got twenty
But who cares?
No big deal
I want more
I wanna be where the people are
I wanna see
Wanna see ’em dancin’
Walkin’ around on those
(Whad’you call ’em?) oh – feet
Flippin’ your fins you don’t get too far
Legs are required for jumpin’, dancin’
Strollin’ along down a
(What’s that word again?) street
Up where they walk
Up where they run
Up where they stay all day in the sun
Wish I could be
Part of that world
What would I give
If I could live
Outta these waters?
What would I pay
To spend a day
Warm on the sand?
Betcha on land
Bet they don’t reprimand their daughters
Bright young women
Sick o’ swimmin’
Ready to stand
And ready to know what the people know
Ask ’em my questions
And get some answers
What’s a fire and why does it
(What’s the word?) burn?
When’s it my turn?
Wouldn’t I love
Love to explore that shore up above?
Out of the sea
Wish I could be
Part of that world
Part of Your World Lyrics (Broadway)
Ensemble And now, at last, love has surpassed, each tribulation!
Mermaid and man, finally can, join and be one!
Now they can smile, walking the aisle, here at their wedding celebration!
Eric Sailing forward!
Ariel Standing steady!
Both Starting life, completely ready!
Ensemble And now they can be who they’re meant to be! Now they can gaze on a new horizon! Here between ocean and sky! Forever and on!
Now they can walk, Now they can run, Now they can stay all day in the sun!
Eric Just you and me!
Ariel And I will be!
All Part of your world!
About Part Of Your World
From the 1989 Disney animated musical film The Little Mermaid, “Part of Your World” is an original song and one of Disney’s most popular musicals. It was written by Alan Menken and composed by Howard Ashman.
The “Part of Your World” song lyrics are one of the most popular Disney songs from the movies. It has the distinction of being one of the few Disney songs repeated twice in the movie.
First, it is sung by Ariel (played by Jody Benson), the title character, while in her secret grotto, which holds all of the things she collects from humans. It reveals how she wants to be human and live in their world, and how weary she is of being a mermaid living under the sea. While singing, She was unaware that Sebastian, whom King Triton had assigned to watch over Ariel, was standing behind her.
Ariel reprises the melody, after rescuing and falling in love with Prince Eric, during which she expresses an even stronger desire to live life upon the land. It is later sung by Ursula, disguised as Vanessa when she hypnotizes Eric. The final version of the now-classic song is played after the defeat of Ursula on Ariel and Eric’s wedding day. Ariel meets with her father one last time to say goodbye. She and he hug, and she whispers the words, “I love you, Daddy.” After which the chorus begins.
“Part Of Your World” Trivia
- Jodi Benson sang the song in the dark to get that “under the sea” feeling.
- Jodi Benson sang the song when she received her Disney Legend award in 2011.
- This was the first proper Disney chorus since Robin Hood in 1973 and the filmmakers stated in the DVD commentary that they were unsure of using a Disney chorus out of the fear that it would be deemed “cheesy”. This chorus would be repeated for the majority of the renaissance until Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996.
- Before the finalized version was made, an alternate version of the reprise was made into a Demo sung by Alan Menken. In this version, Ariel sings of how much she longs to be with Eric but realizes that they can’t be together, and gives him a kiss before diving back under the waves. This version was removed due to the filmmakers having written Ariel as being so lovesick after the storm that it was considered inappropriate for the song to be so tragic.
- Alan Menken and Howard Ashman discovered that the song shared contextual and rhythmic similarities with another one of their songs: “Somewhere That’s Green” from Little Shop of Horrors, leading them to humorously call it “Somewhere That’s Dry”.
- The song was nearly cut because Jeffrey Katzenberg felt that it was “boring”, as well as being too far over the heads of the children for whom it was intended. It was only through the insistence of Howard Ashman and Glen Keane that it was included in the movie.
- During the finale, Sebastian and Chef Louis were originally going to become friends, but Jeffery Katzenberg preferred them as enemies and asked for the scene to be changed where Chef Louis gets his comeuppance.
- A brief allusion to the original tale was made in the lyrics nearing the end, as Ariel says “When’s it my turn? Wouldn’t I love, love to explore that shore up above?” (in the original tale, mermaids were allowed to go up to the surface at age 15).
- The part where Ariel reaches through the hole in the roof was the final shot to be completed for the film. It took four tries to get its optical effects right.
- In early prints of the Diamond Edition release, after Ariel sings “Out of the sea…”, the next two shots of her floating back down and Flounder’s sad face when she sang “Wish I could be…” were swapped. This had been fixed for later printings of the Diamond Edition and remained fixed for the Signature Collection release.
- When filming a reference for the scene where Ariel rises from the rocks, Glen Keane would act out the scene as a way to give Sherri Lynn Stoner an idea of how the scene should play out.
- The Swedish dub features Sissel Kyrkjebø, the Swedish voice of Ariel, singing over the top of the chorus, as Ariel, holding her final note through the chorus vocalizing until Eric and Ariel kiss.
- The scene where Ariel sings the last verses of the song (in particular her causing a wave to crash behind her) was parodied in The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning with Marina Del Rey, who adopts a similar pose, only to be slammed down by the wave before threatening Scuttle.
- An instrumental version of part of the song was heard while Giselle observed a fish tank in, just before interacting with Enchanted Sam, a character portrayed by Jodi Benson herself.
- The song was included on the tape, Disney Sing Along Songs: Circle of Life
- In, it is sung at the end by country singer Chely Wright. The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
- It is featured in the episode “Once Upon a Time Poor Unfortunate Soul”, sung by Ursula.
- In, a parody of the song is seen on Zootopia Judy Hopps’ music player playlist under the name “Part of Your Wool”.
- In the episode “Duck Tales: The Lost Harp of Mervana!”, Webby directly references the song by saying, “Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?”
- Ariel is now one of the most popular ‘Disney Princesses’.
- In 2021, Apple Inc. used the song in a commercial.
Part Of Your World Song Facts
|Movie:||The Little Mermaid|
|Performed by:||Jodi Benson as Ariel|
|Label:||Walt Disney Records|