"Poor Unfortunate Souls" as written by and Alan Menken Howard Ashman....
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
To this
And I fortunately know a little magic
It's a talent that I always have possessed
And dear lady, please don't laugh
I use it on behalf
Of the miserable, the 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
Life's full of tough choices, isn't it?
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
Yet on land it's much preferred for ladies not to say a word
And after all dear, what is idle babble 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On a lady who's withdrawn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 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
Aa-aa-aah, a-aa-aah
Keep singing!
Aa-aa-aah, a-aa-aah


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"Poor Unfortunate Souls" as written by Alan Menken Howard Ashman

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    General Commentclassic pure classic!!!!!!!
    sweetlilibugon May 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is the perfect disney villan song....she is my fave
    nenerzon June 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentshe is just like me, has boobs too big to fit her...
    lauraboo438on December 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis and "Be Prepared" are the best villain songs ever. EVER.
    Gives me chills. Great Disney always does.
    Misseveruson April 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is a song about poor unfortunate souls (see title). awesome song!!!!!!!! best movie, def in top 5 disney movies
    hol91on September 10, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song, contrary to populare belief is not about unfortunate souls.
    Its is, indeed, about sex.
    sex sex sex. it's all disney talks about.
    janellworkson May 03, 2008   Link

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