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"Part of Your World" is a song written and composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman for Disney's 1989 animated feature film The Little Mermaid. It serves as the leitmotif of Ariel and the film as the whole.

Summary[]

It is sung by Ariel (Jodi Benson), the title character, while in her secret grotto, which holds all of her treasures, most of which are human objects. It reveals how she longs to be human and live in their culture, and how she's tired of being a mermaid living under the sea. While singing, she is unknowingly being watched by Sebastian, who had been tasked with watching over Ariel by King Triton.

After rescuing and falling in love with Eric, a human, Ariel reprises the song, during which she shows an even greater drive to live life upon land.

It is later sung by Ursula, disguised as Vanessa, when she hypnotizes Eric.

Lyrics[]

First[]

Originally, the song was going to have more specific lyrics on the objects in Ariel's grotto, but then it was designed that since Scuttle was her provider of information, she wouldn't really know the names of these objects.

Look at this stuff. Isn't it neat?
Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl,
the girl who has everything?

Look at this trove, treasures untold
How many wonders can one cavern hold?
Looking around here, you'd think
Sure, she's got everything

I've got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty
I've got whooz-its and whats-its galore
You want thing-a-mabobs? I've 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...
What do you call 'em? Oh, feet

Flippin' your fins you don't get too far
Legs are required for jumpin', dancin'
Strolling along down the...
What's that word again? Street

Up where they walk
Up where they run
Up where they stay all day in the sun
Wanderin' free,
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
they understand
Bet they don't reprimand their daughters
Bright young women,
sick of swimmin',
ready to stand

And I'm 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

Look at this stuff. Isn't it neat?
Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl,
the girl who has everything?

Look at this trove, treasures untold
Copper and bronze and fine leather and gold
Paper and china and books
Look, feathers and everything

I should start an aquatic museum
I've got gadgets and whats-its galore
All these fish'd pay money to see 'em
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...
What do you call 'em? Oh, feet

Flippin' your fins you don't get too far
Legs are required for jumpin', dancin'
Strolling along down the...
What's that word again? Street

Up where they walk
Up where they run
Up where they stay all day in the sun
Where they breathe free
Wish I could be
part of that world

Reprise[]

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.

The comic adaptation of the Little Mermaid took a different route with the lyrics of this song. Snippets of it can follow the melody of the original, but it is mostly new.

What would I give to live where you are?
What would I pay to stay here beside you?
What would I do to see you smiling at me?

Where would we walk?
Where would we run?
If we could stay all day in the sun?
Just you and me, and I could be part of your world

(Instrumentals)

I don't know when, I don't know how
But I know something's starting right now
Watch and you'll see, someday I'll be part of your world

What would I give to live where you are?
What would I pay, to stay here beside you?
What would I do to see you, smiling at me?

Now there's a dream!
Now there's a goal!
Now there's a need I'll never control!

I won't get free,
'till I can be,
part of your world!

What would I give, if I could live out of these waters?
What would I pay, to spend a day holding your hand?

(Instrumentals)

I'd give my life
I'd sell my soul
'Cause I can feel I'll never be whole

But I can see,
I'll never be,
Part of your world

I'd give anything to live in your world
I'd pay any price to stay close to you

Your hand in mine
Life would be fine,
here in your world!

Somewhere in time
Somehow I'm sure,
I'll live in your world!

Finale[]

The final version of the song played during Ariel and Eric's wedding day after the defeat of Ursula. Ariel meets with her father to say goodbye one last time. She and him hug, and she whispers the words, "I love you, Daddy." After which the chorus begins.

Alan Menken and Howard Ashman developed another demo, possibly earlier than the storyboarded version. In this demo, judging from the build-up of the music Ariel is slowly coming out of the water. She also approaches the beginning of the song in a more inquisitive manner than both the chorus and storyboarded versions.

Now we can walk!
Now we can run!
Now we can stay all day in the sun!

Just you and me!
And I can be
Part of your world!

Now can we walk?
Now can we run?
Now can we stay all day in the sun?!

(Instrumentals)

Yes it was me
Please let me be
Part of your world!

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!
[alternate: Now that at last their story's begun!]

Eric:
Just you and me!

Ariel:
And I will be!

All:
Part of your world!

Ariel:
Now we can walk!
Now we can run!
Now we can stay all day in the sun!

Gallery[]

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Trivia[]

  • Jodi Benson sang the song in the dark to get that "under the sea" feeling.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996.
  • 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 choirs vocalizing till Eric and Ariel kiss.
  • The title character in The Timekeeper references the song, saying, "Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?"
  • Jodi Benson sang the song when she received her Disney Legend award in 2011.
  • When filming 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 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 fishtank in Enchanted, just before interacting with Sam, a character portrayed by Jodi Benson herself.
  • 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 song was included on the tape, Disney Sing Along Songs: Circle of Life.
  • In The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, it is sung at the end by country singer Chely Wright.
  • For Kingdom Hearts II, it was sung by Ariel twice. The first time was when she rescued Eric, and the second was in a minigame.
  • It is featured in the Once Upon a Time episode "Poor Unfortunate Soul", sung by Ursula.
  • In Zootopia, a parody of the song is seen on Judy Hopps' music player playlist under the name "Part of Your Wool".
  • In Ralph Breaks the Internet, Ariel briefly sings a parody of the song when talking with Vanellope about wearing a shirt.
    • "Of all the thingamabobs in this entire world. I never thought I'd get to wear a real... What's it called again? Oh yeah, shirt! [singing] I once had a dream that I might wear a shirt..."
  • In the DuckTales episode "The Lost Harp of Mervana!", Webby directly references the song by saying, "Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?"
  • In 2021, Apple Inc. used the song in a commercial.
  • An instrumental of the song is featured as the opening for the theme of The Little Mermaid TV series, followed by "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," "Under the Sea" again, then once more "Part of Your World" and ending with "Under the Sea" once more.

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