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Mother Knows Best Lyrics - Donna Murphy

Soundtrack: Tangled

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Mother Knows Best Song Lyrics

Mother Gothel:
You want to go outside? Why, Rapunzel...!
Look at you, as fragile as a flower
Still a little sapling, just a sprout
You know why we stay up in this tower

I know but...

Mother Gothel:
That's right, to keep you safe and sound, dear
Guess I always knew this day was coming
Knew that soon you'd want to leave the nest
Soon, but not yet

But --

Mother Gothel:
Trust me, pet
Mother knows best
Mother knows best
Listen to your mother
It's a scary world out there
Mother knows best
One way or another
Something will go wrong, I swear
Ruffians, thugs
Poison ivy, quicksand
Cannibals and snakes
The plague


Mother Gothel:

But --

Mother Gothel:
Also large bugs
Men with pointy teeth, and
Stop, no more, you'll just upset me
Mother's right here
Mother will protect you
Darling, here's what I suggest
Skip the drama
Stay with mama
Mama knows best
Mother knows best
Take it from your mumsy
On your own, you won't survive
Sloppy, underdressed
Immature, clumsy
Please, they'll eat you up alive
Gullible, naÎve
Positively grubby
Ditzy and a bit, well, hmm vague
Plus, I believe
Gettin' kinda chubby
I'm just saying 'cause I wuv you
Mother understands
Mother's here to help you
All I have is one request


Mother Gothel:
Don't ever ask to leave this tower again.

Yes, Mother.

Mother Gothel:
I love you very much, dear.

I love you more.

Mother Gothel:
I love you most.
Don't forget it
You'll regret it
Mother knows best

May, 23rd 2024
Arguably the perfect distillation between dark humor and manipulative affection, this song, "Mother Knows Best," from the "Tangled" soundtrack by Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel, perfectly characterizes the relationship game playing out between Mother Gothel and Rapunzel. This very song underlines a very important part of the movie: using the ruse of showing Rapunzel things for her own good in the name of acting motherly to Rapunzel, Gothel exercises control over her.

The minute the song starts, she answers every one of Rapunzel's desires to see the outside world, characterizing the world outside as hazardous and Rapunzel being too weak for such dangers. She goes on to tell her exaggeratedly: "Ruffians, thugs, Poison ivy, quicksand, Cannibals and snakes, The plague," all to her inquisitive satisfaction.

At one moment, Gothel seems to use fear: "On your own, you won't survive. Sloppy, underdressed, Immature, clumsy," thus crippling Rapunzel's determination. This reveals a lot more manipulation through backhanded compliments, along with emotional guilt-tripping, such as "I'm just saying 'cause I wuv you," therefore showing what a master of using affection as a tool for control she is.

The song, containing an overtly dark theme of emotional manipulation, uses a catchy tune and humorous undertones in calling to the audience sympathetically as Gothel is portrayed to be a loving mother to her child but overenthusiastic, rather than nourishing, with hidden motives that are proven to be selfish. It is the way her character can have depth, as she is transformed not only being a villain but a manipulator who exploits innocence and love Rapunzel has. "Mother Knows Best" is not only a well-done musical number but also a critical narrative device that sets up the entirety of Rapunzel's journey of self-discovery and freedom. As far as songs about growth, independence, and moving away from manipulative relationships go, this one really does tie it all back into the "Tangled" soundtrack.

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