The Dwell-Motion “The Little Mermaid” Made a Small Change to “Kiss the Woman” That Adjustments Every part

THE LITTLE MERMAID, from left: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, 2023. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

The highly-anticipated live-action “The Little Mermaid” simply hit theaters on Could 26, and other than the unique film’s songs like “A part of Your World,” “Underneath the Sea,” and “Kiss the Woman,” audiences in every single place have gotten to take pleasure in four new songs courtesy of the unique animated film’s composer, Alan Menken, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

For essentially the most half, the songs from the unique film sound the identical within the 2023 remake, however Menken did give followers a heads-up that there could be some minor modifications to the unique lyrics to make the film, which was initially launched in 1989, really feel extra trendy. “There are some lyric modifications in ‘Kiss the Woman’ as a result of folks have gotten very delicate about the concept that [Prince Eric] would, in any means, power himself on [Ariel],” Menken advised Vanity Fair in March.

Nobody would blame you should you initially missed the tweaks Menken and Miranda made to “Kiss the Woman.” They’re tiny however essential modifications. However a extra vital change was made to the film’s general plot, totally altering the character of Ariel’s quest for Prince Eric’s kiss. Forward, learn all about it.

“The Little Mermaid” 2023 “Kiss the Woman” Lyric Adjustments

In each the unique “The Little Mermaid” and the brand new live-action remake, Prince Eric should kiss Ariel earlier than sundown on the third day of her turning into human if she needs to stay on land as a human. To that finish, Ariel’s mates use their expertise of meddling to get Ariel and Prince Eric out for a romantic boat experience on a lake, at which level they sing “Kiss the Woman” to Eric in hopes the music will sway him to, effectively, kiss the lady.

The possibly problematic lyrics from the unique movie that Menken and Miranda tweaked had been when Sebastian sings, “Potential she need you too/There may be one method to ask her/It do not take a phrase, not a single phrase/Go on and kiss the lady.” These lyrics, if taken at face worth, may counsel that the one means for Prince Eric to ask Ariel if she desires him to kiss her is to simply do it (because the lyrics explicitly say he would not should say something in any respect).

A minor tweak to those lyrics fully scrubs that implication from the music. As a substitute, within the remake, Sebastian sings, “Potential she need you too/Use your phrases, boy, and ask her/If the time is correct and the time is tonight/Go on and kiss the lady.” This small, significant change encourages Prince Eric to get consent from Ariel earlier than attempting to kiss her and, provided that the time is correct (aka, if she says sure), he ought to do exactly that.

Some would possibly argue that this tweak was pointless, provided that A) the viewer already is aware of that Ariel is in love with Eric and desires him to kiss her by the point they take their boat experience, and B) at no level does Eric attempt to power himself on Ariel. However one may additionally argue that if all it takes to wash a doubtlessly detrimental implication is to vary two traces in a music, then why not change them? And let’s be actual: “If the time is correct and the time is tonight” is infinitely extra intelligent than “it do not take a phrase, not a single phrase.”

Ariel’s Quest to Kiss Prince Eric in “The Little Mermaid” 2023

One more reason why the producers behind the brand new live-action “Little Mermaid” might have wished to vary the lyrics in “Kiss the Woman” is due to a extra sizable change they made to the plot: Ariel’s quest to kiss Eric.

Within the unique film, Ariel is totally conscious she must get a kiss from Eric to stay human, per her contract with Ursula. Nonetheless, within the remake, Ursula provides one other layer of duplicitousness to her spell.

The ocean witch has made Ariel overlook that she must kiss Eric to stay a human, and any time somebody mentions that Ariel must hurry up and kiss Eric, she turns into dazed and confused. In different phrases, whereas Ariel is actually nonetheless preventing for Eric’s coronary heart within the remake, she is just not fairly as wanting to lock lips, as a result of she would not even keep in mind that it is required; thus, the viewer cannot say with any certainty that Ariel desires to kiss Eric.

Whereas kissing one’s prince has lengthy been a fairytale story staple, the “The Little Mermaid” remake turns the drained trope on its head, and it really works. Forward, learn the marginally tweaked lyrics to “The Little Mermaid”‘s “Kiss the Woman.”

“The Little Mermaid”‘s “Kiss the Woman” Lyrics


There you see her
Sitting there throughout the best way
She do not acquired rather a lot to say
However there’s somet’ing about her
And you do not know why
However you are dying to strive
You wanna kiss the lady

Sure, you need her
Take a look at her, you recognize you do
Potential she need you too
Use your phrases, boy, and ask her
If the time is correct and the time is tonight
Go on and kiss the lady

Sha-la-la-la-la-la, my, oh, my
Seem like the boy too shy
Ain’t gonna kiss the lady
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, ain’t that unhappy?
Ain’t it a disgrace? Too dangerous
He gonna miss the lady

Now’s your second
Floatin’ in a blue lagoon
Boy, you higher do it quickly
No time can be higher
Ooh, ooh, boy, do it quickly
No time can be higher

She do not say a phrase
And she or he will not say a phrase till ya
Kiss the lady
Kiss the lady
Kiss the lady

Do not be scared (Sha-la-la-la-la-la)
You bought the temper ready (Sha-la-la-la-la-la)
Go on and kiss the lady
Woah, woah
Do not cease now (Sha-la-la-la-la-la)
Do not attempt to conceal it (Sha-la-la-la-la-la)
The way you wanna kiss the lady
You wanna kiss the lady
Float alongside (Sha-la-la-la-la-la)
And hearken to the music (Sha-la-la-la-la-la)
The music say, “Kiss the lady”
The music play (Sha-la-la-la-la-la)
Do what the music say (Sha-la-la-la-la-la)
You bought to kiss the lady
Do what the music say (Sha-la)
You bought to kiss the lady (Sha-la-la-la-la-la)
Kiss the lady

You’ve got gotta kiss the lady
Why do not you kiss the lady
Kiss the lady, kiss the lady
C’mon and kiss the lady
Kiss the lady, kiss the lady
Go on and kiss the lady
Kiss the lady
Kiss the lady


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