Little Mermaid Poor Unfortunate Souls

song music Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, performed by Pat Carroll as Ursula, from The Little Mermaid 1989 movie.


Song lyrics with pictures

URSULA: Well, angelfish, the solution to your problem is simple. The only way to get what you want is to become a human yourself.
The only way to get what you want is to become a human yourself

ARIEL: Can you do that? URSULA: 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.
URSULA (singing):
I admit that in the past I've been a nasty
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 across the coals
Yes, I've had the odd complaint
But on the whole I've been a saint
To those poor unfortunate souls.
I've been a saint<br>To those poor unfortunate souls

URSULA: Now, here's the deal. I will make you a potion that will turn you into a human for three days. Got that? Three days. Now, listen, this is important.
Before the sun sets on the third day, you've got to get dear old princie to fall in love with you.
you've got to get dear old princie to fall in love with you
That is, he's got to kiss you. Not just any kiss, the kiss of true love. If he does kiss you before the sun sets on the third day, you'll remain human permanently. But if he doesn't, you'll turn back into a mermaid and you belong to me! Have we got a deal? ARIEL: If I become human, I'll never be with my father or sisters again. URSULA: That's right! But you'll have your man. Life's full of tough choices, isn't it? Oh! And there is one more thing. We haven't discussed the subject of payment. You can't get something for nothing. ARIEL: But I don't have any... URSULA: 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. ARIEL: My voice? URSULA: You've got it, sweetcakes. No more talking, singing. Zip! ARIEL: But without my voice, how can I... URSULA: You'll have your looks, your pretty face. And don't underestimate the importance of body language!
don't underestimate the importance of body language!

Ursula (singing):
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 gets 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 to pay the toll
Take a gulp and take a breath and go ahead and sign the scroll
go ahead and sign the scroll

Flotsam, Jetsam. Now I've got her, boys
The boss is on a roll
This poor, unfortunate soul.

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