Fact: we love Disney songs. Fact: Disney songs are great. Fact: Some Disney songs are a little more great because of some truly awesome lyrics. Sometimes it’s word choice, devices like alliteration or assonance that make the lyrics so great. Sometimes it’s because they turn into hope-giving life mottos. Here are a few Disney lyrics choice selects that really butter our toast.
Pocahontas is a wordsmith. This line is not only beautiful and true, but she does this whole repetition thing that somehow drives the point home. Think for a second: there are things you don’t even know that you don’t know… minds blown.
This lyric makes the list just because songwriters were somehow able to work the word “Baklava” into the song, and Baklava is delicious.
“Colors of the Wind” makes the list again… we know, we know. That’s just how good this song is in message, word choice, and sound. We like this line because of the play on words. She just used “Earth” twice but in different ways to make a point about the difference between the Earth and dirt. You finally getting the message, John Smith? You with us?
Ow, our hearts are collectively aching from all this beautiful positivity. This is a good one to keep on the bathroom mirror or something, get your good feelings all supercharged for the day.
The film-opening song lyric that shook the nation. No one can pronounce it, no one can duplicate it, though we all try. It immediately sets the tone for the epic Circle of Life-ness of The Lion King. Be prepared.
Speaking of being prepared, all of Scar’s signature tune, “Be Prepared” is one giant best Disney song lyric. His vocabulary and use of not-so-subtle burns on his hyena cohorts is totally impressive, particularly when he just really lays into poor Ed’s brain powers (or lack thereof). Also, note the pun on “pride.”
This song is just so much fun to say. Go ahead, read those lyrics out loud, just feel them roll around in there like a mouthful of poetic gumdrops. Once you learn the lyrics, it’s hard to stop using “oo-de-lally” whenever applicable, especially when rhymed with “golly.”
The cool thing about this song lyric from Beauty and the Beast isn’t that it sounds cool or has great word choice, it’s that it’s an awesome bit of foreshadowing that you can’t even possibly realize until you watch the movie a second time! Clever, clever.
We can’t really explain why this lyric is so great, because the only word you can use to describe it is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Not to get all metaphorical on everyone, but thinking of the happiest things IS kind of the same as having wings. Learn it, live it.
Jiminy Cricket was also getting all metaphorical on this one, which makes sense when he’s more or less a walking, talking allegory for the idea of a conscience. The message: just be good, and if you’re not sure what to do, pause for a second and whistle for your conscience. He’s always there when you need him.
Everyone needs a motto, and this song is probably how we all first even learned what a motto even was.
So many nature motifs, so many powerful adjectives. So much mystery.