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Poor Unfortunate Souls

The Little Mermaid Lyrics


Poor Unfortunate Souls Lyrics

Poor Unfortunate Souls Song 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, 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.

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.

But I don't have-

I'm not asking much, just a token really, a trifle!
What I want from you is - your voice.

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On a lady who's withdrawn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 a 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!
You poor unfortunate soul
It's sad but true
If you want to cross the 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 voce to me

Now, sing!


Keep singing!

February, 24th 2024
"Poor Unfortunate Souls" from Disney's The Little Mermaid is a song that has fascinated audiences simce its release in 1989, performed by Pat Carroll, the voice of Ursula. This song is notable for its Broadway and Burlesque style, marking a significant point in Ursula's attempt to seduce Ariel into trading her voice for a chance to become human​​.

The song was initially conceptualized differently, with Alan Menken and Howard Ashman first penning a song titled "Silence Is Golden" for Ursula. After reassessment, they revised it into "Poor Unfortunate Souls," a decision tthat gave the song its memorable and menacing charm​​. Pat Carroll described the recording process as intense, stating that she drew much of Ursula's character from Ashman's own interpretation of the song during the pitch​​.

Over the years, "Poor Unfortunate Souls" has become more than just a villain's theme; it's a cultural icon. Ursula, despite being the antagonist, is celebrated for her confidence and command, traits that have inspired many. This complexity has led to Ursula being seen in a more positive light, not just as a villain but as an embodiment of empowerment for some fans​​.

The live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid made changes to the lyrics of "Poor Unfortunate Souls," sparking debate among fans and critics. These changes were intended to modernize the song's message and avoid potentially misogynistic interpretations, focusing more on Ariel's desire to explore the world above rather than just obtaining a man​​. Alan Menken, the song's composer, mentioned that the revisions were made to ensure the song did not discourage young girls from speaking out, acknowledging Ursula's manipulation in the process​​.

While some argue that these changes might diminish Ursula's villainy, others see them as a necessary adaptation to fit contemporary sensibilities. Ursula's role as a beloved character complicates her portrayal, blending narrative villainy with cultural admiration​​.

The evolution of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from its original composition to its live-action adaptation reflects changing attitudes towards gender representation and the complexity of interpreting a character like Ursula, whose villainy is as nuanced as it is overt.

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