"Poor Unfortunate Souls" is the sea witch Ursula's villainous song from Disney's 1989 animated motion picture The Little Mermaid. It is sung by Ursula the Sea Witch herself to goad Ariel into giving up her voice to her in exchange for transforming her into a human, painting herself as a "saver of lives" type.


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 (True? Yes)

And I fortunately know a little magic

It's a talent that I always have possessed

And here lately, please don't laugh

I use it on behalf

Of the miserable, 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!

[dialogue interruption]

The men up there don't like a lot of blabber,

They think a girl who gossips is a bore!

Yes, on land it's much preferred

For ladies not to say a word

And after all, dear, what is idle prattle 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On a lady who's withdrawn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 get's 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!


Beluga Sevrgua, come winds of the Caspian Sea

Larynxes Glacydis Ad max Laryngitis la voce to me

(Now... sing!)

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