Song Lyrics: Aladdin

Arabian Nights

Oh I come from a land, from a faraway place
Where the caravan camels roam
Where it's flat and immense
And the heat is intense
It's barbaric, but hey, it's home

  Original first verse (1992-93):

   Oh I come from a land, from a faraway place
   Where the caravan camels roam
   Where they cut off your ear
   If they don't like your face
   It's barbaric, but hey, it's home

When the wind's from the east
And the sun's from the west
And the sand in the glass is right
Come on down
Stop on by
Hop a carpet and fly
To another Arabian night

Arabian nights
Like Arabian days
More often than not
Are hotter than hot
In a lot of good ways

Arabian nights
'Neath Arabian moons
A fool off his guard
Could fall and fall hard
Out there on the dunes

Friend Like Me

Well Ali Baba had them forty thieves
Scheherezad-ie had a thousand tales
But master you in luck 'cause up your sleeves
You got a brand of magic never fails
You got some power in your corner now
Some heavy ammunition in your camp
You got some punch, pizazz, yahoo and how
See all you gotta do is rub that lamp
And I'll say

Mister Aladdin, sir
What will your pleasure be?
Let me take your order
Jot it down
You ain't never had a friend like me
No no no

Life is your restaurant
And I'm your maitre d'
C'mon whisper what it is you want
You ain't never had a friend like me

Yes sir, we pride ourselves on service
You're the boss
The king, the shah
Say what you wish
It's yours! True dish
How about a little more Baklava?

Have some of column "A"
Try all of column "B"
I'm in the mood to help you dude
You ain't never had a friend like me

Can your friends do this?
Do your friends do that?
Do your friends pull this out their little hat?
Can your friends go, poof?
Well, looky here
Can your friends go, Abracadabra, let 'er rip
And then make the sucker disappear?

So doncha sit there slack jawed, buggy eyed
I'm here to answer all your midday prayers
You got me bona fide, certified
You got a genie for your charge d'affaires
I got a powerful urge to help you out
So what-cha wish? I really wanna know
You got a list that's three miles long, no doubt
Well, all you gotta do is rub like so - and oh

Mister Aladdin, sir, have a wish or two or three
I'm on the job, you big nabob
You ain't never had a friend, never had a friend
You ain't never had a friend, never had a friend
You ain't never had a friend like me
You ain't never had a friend like me, hah!

One Jump Ahead

[Aladdin:]      Gotta keep
                One jump ahead of the breadline
                One swing ahead of the sword
                I steal only what I can't afford
                ( That's Everything! )

                One jump ahead of the lawmen
                That's all, and that's no joke
                These guys don't appreciate I'm broke

[Crowd:]        Riffraff! Street rat! Scoundrel! Take that!

[Aladdin:]      Just a little snack, guys
[Crowd:]        Rip him open, take it back, guys
[Aladdin:]      I can take a hint, gotta face the facts
                You're my only friend, Abu!
[Crowd:]        Who?

[Ladies:]       Oh it's sad Aladdin's hit the bottom
                He's become a one-man rise in crime
                I'd blame parents except he hasn't got 'em
[Aladdin:]      Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat
                Tell you all about it when I got the time!

                One jump ahead of the slowpokes
                One skip ahead of my doom
                Next time gonna use a nom de plume
                One jump ahead of the hitmen
                One hit ahead of the flock
                I think I'll take a stroll around the block

[Crowd:]        Stop, thief! Vandal! Outrage! Scandal!

[Aladdin:]      Let's not be too hasty
[Lady:]         Still I think he's rather tasty
[Aladdin:]      Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat
                Otherwise we'd get along
[Crowd:]        Wrong!

[Aladdin:]      One jump ahead of the hoofbeats
                One hop ahead of the hump
                (Street rat!)
                One trick ahead of disaster
                They're quick, but I'm much faster
                (Take that!)
                Here goes, better throw my hand in
                Wish me happy landin'
                All I gotta do is jump

One Jump Ahead (Reprise)

Riffraff, street rat
I don't buy that
If only they'd look closer
Would they see a poor boy? No, siree
They'd find out
There's so much more to me

Prince Ali

Make way for Prince Ali
Say hey! It's Prince Ali

Hey! Clear the way in the old Bazaar
Hey you!
Let us through!
It's a bright new star!
Oh Come!
Be the first on your block to meet his eye!

Make way!
Here he comes!
Ring bells! Bang the drums!
Are you gonna love this guy!

Prince Ali! Fabulous he!
Ali Ababwa
Genuflect, shom some respect
Down on one knee!
Now, try your best to stay calm
Brush up your sunday salaam
The come and meet his spectacular coterie

Prince Ali!
Mighty is he!
Ali Ababwa
Strong as ten regular men, definitely!
He faced the galloping hordes
A hundred bad guys with swords
Who sent those goons to their lords?
Why, Prince Ali

He's got seventy-five golden camels
Purple peacocks
He's got fifty-three
When it comes to exotic-type mammals
Has he got a zoo?
I'm telling you, it's a world-class menagerie

Prince Ali! Handsome is he, Ali Ababwa
That physique! How can I speak
Weak at the knee
Well, get on out in that square
Adjust your vein and prepare
To gawk and grovel and stare at Prince Ali!

There's no question this Ali's alluring
Never ordinary, never boring
Everything about the man just plain impresses
He's a winner, he's a whiz, a wonder!
He's about to pull my heart asunder!
And I absolutely love the way he dresses!

He's got ninety-five white Persian monkeys
(He's got the monkeys, let's see the monkeys)
And to view them he charges no fee
(He's generous, so generous)
He's got slaves, he's got servants and flunkies
(Proud to work for him)
They bow to his whim love serving him
They're just lousy with loyalty to Ali! Prince Ali!

Prince Ali!
Amorous he! Ali Ababwa
Heard your princess was a sight lovely to see
And that, good people, is why he got dolled up and dropped by
With sixty elephants, llamas galore
With his bears and lions
A brass band and more
With his forty fakirs, his cooks, his bakers
His birds that warble on key
Make way for prince Ali!

Prince Ali (Reprise)

Prince Ali, yes it is he
But not as you know him
Read my lips and come to grips with reality
Yes, meet a blast from your past
Whose lies were too good to last
Say hello to your precious Prince Ali!

So Ali turns out to be merely Aladdin
Just a con, need I go on?
Take it from me
His personality flaws
Give me adequate cause
To send him packing on a one-way trip
So his prospects take a terminal dip
His assets frozen, the venue chosen
Is the ends of the earth - whoopee!
So long, ex-Prince Ali!

A Whole New World

[Aladdin:]      I can show you the world
                Shining, shimmering, splendid
                Tell me, princess, now when did
                You last let your heart decide?

                I can open your eyes
                Take you wonder by wonder
                Over, sideways and under
                On a magic carpet ride

                A whole new world
                A new fantastic point of view
                No one to tell us no
                Or where to go
                Or say we're only dreaming

[Jasmine:]      A whole new world
                A dazzling place I never knew
                But when I'm way up here
                It's crystal clear
                That now I'm in a whole new world with you
[Aladdin:]      Now I'm in a whole new world with you

[Jasmine:]      Unbelievable sights
                Indescribable feeling
                Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
                Through an endless diamond sky

                A whole new world
[Aladdin:]      Don't you dare close your eyes
[Jasmine:]      A hundred thousand things to see
[Aladdin:]      Hold your breath - it gets better
[Jasmine:]      I'm like a shooting star
                I've come so far
                I can't go back to where I used to be

[Aladdin:]      A whole new world
[Jasmine:]      Every turn a surprise
[Aladdin:]      With new horizons to pursue
[Jasmine:]      Every moment red-letter
[Both:]         I'll chase them anywhere
                There's time to spare
                Let me share this whole new world with you

                A whole new world
                That's where we'll be
[Aladdin:]      A thrilling chase
[Jasmine:]      A wondrous place
[Both:]         For you and me

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Last modified: Fri Mar 31 18:31:51 1995