Under the Sea
Under the Sea
Composer Alan Menken

Lyrics Howard Ashman

Performers Sebastian (Samuel E. Wright)


Feature Films The Little Mermaid

Television Programs Unknown

Video Games The Little Mermaid

Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts II

Albums The Little Mermaid - An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack

The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song Classic Disney: 60 Years of Musical Magic - Volume 1

McDonald's Celebrates Disney Music - Volume 3: Hero Songs

Disney's 75 Years of Music & Memories

Disney's Greatest Volume 2

Disney on Ice 25th Anniversary

La Década: DisneyMania

Now That's What I Call Disney (UK version)

Now That's What I Call Disney Princess (UK)

Now That's What I Call Disney 2

Disney Modern Classics

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"Under the Sea" is a song from Disney's 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and based on the song "The Beautiful Briny Sea" from the 1971 film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It is influenced by the Calypso style of the Trinidad and Tobago. The song was performed in the film by Samuel E. Wright. The track won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1989.

The song is a plea by the crab Sebastian imploring Ariel to remain sea-bound, and resist her desire to become a human in order to spend her life with Prince Eric, with whom she has fallen in love. Sebastian warns of the struggles of human life while at the same time expounding the benefits of a care-free life underwater. However, Ariel manages to sneak off with the aid of Flounder just before Sebastian's finale.

In 2002, the song was featured in the Square Enix action RPG, Kingdom Hearts as the background music for the Atlantica world. In 2006, the song also appeared in Kingdom Hearts II as part of a minigame where it was rearranged to have parts for Sebastian, Ariel, and Sora. For both appearances, the music was arranged by Yoko Shimomura.

In 2007, the Broadway musical version uses this as the featured production number with the role of Sebastian played by Tituss Burgess. Because Burgess is a tenor (unlike the baritone Wright), the key of the song was raised from B-flat to D. The placing of the song is also moved to after the scene in which King Triton destroys Ariel's collection of "human stuff", where the purpose of the song was to cheer Ariel up.

The song is present throughout all the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts around the world and the Disney Cruise Line.

Lyrics Edit

Ariel, listen to me. The human world, it's a mess. Life under the sea, is better than any'ting they got up there!

The seaweed is always greener

In somebody else's lake

You dream about going up 'dere,

But 'dat is a big mistake

Just look at 'de world around you

Right here on the ocean floor

Such wonderful things surround you

What more is you lookin' for?

Under the sea

Under the sea

Darling it's better

Down where it's wetter,

Take it from me!

Up on the shore they work all day,

Out in the sun they slave away

While we devotin'

Full-time to floatin,'

Under the sea!

Down here all the fish is happy

As off through the waves they roll

The fish on the land ain't happy

They sad 'cause they in their bowl

But fish in the bowl is lucky

They in for a worser fate

One day when the boss get hungry...

Guess who's gon' be on the plate?


Under the sea

Under the sea

Nobody beat us

Fry us and eat us

In fricassee

We what 'de land folks loves to cook

Under the sea we off the hook

We got no troubles,

Life is the bubbles!

Under the sea

(Under the sea)

Under the sea

(Under the sea)

Since life is sweet here,

We got the beat here



Even the sturgeon an' the ray

They get the urge 'n' start to play

We got the spirit

You got to hear it

Under the sea!

The newt play the flute

The carp play the harp

The plaice play the bass

And they soundin' sharp

The bass play the brass

The chub play the tub

The fluke is the duke of soul (Yeah)

The ray he can play

The lings on the strings

The trout rockin' out

The blackfish she sings

The smelt and the sprat

They know where it's at

An' oh that blowfish blow!

(Instrumental bridge)


Under the sea

(Under the sea)

Under the sea

(Under the sea)

When the sardine

Begin the beguine,

It's music to me

(Music is to me)

What do they got? A lot of sand

We got a hot crustacean band

Each little clam here

Know how to jam here

Under the sea!

Each little slug here

Cuttin' a rug here

Under the sea!

Each little snail here

Know how to wail here

That's why it's hotter

Under the water!

Ya we in luck here

Down in the muck here

Under the sea!

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