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"A Whale of a Tale" is the only song to be featured in Disney's film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It is performed by Kirk Douglas, who plays Ned Land.

In the Film

The song is first heard near the start of the film. It starts immediately after a conversation between Ned Land, Conseil. and Pierre Aronnax aboard the ship. Ned takes a guitar and steps onto the deck. The music attracts the attention of several of the crewmen, who listen excitedly. It is immediately after Ned finishes the song that the Nautilus is finally encountered.

While the full song is only performed once, it is frequently referenced throughout the film. After improvising a guitar out of a turtle shell, Ned is seen twice performing portions of the song: the first he sings part of the chorus in an effort to hide the fact that he had been stealing treasure, in the second, he is heard singing the end of the song, which he had been playing with Esmeralda. There is also an instrumental version that is played as background music in some scenes.

Lyrics

Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads
A whale of a tale or two
'Bout the flappin' fish and the girls I've loved
On nights like this with the moon above
A whale of a tale, and it's all true
I swear by my tattoo

There was Mermaid Minnie
Met her down in Madagascar
She would kiss me
Any time that I would ask her
Then one evening, her flame of love blew out
Blow me down and pick me up!
She swapped me for a trout

Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads
A whale of a tale or two
'Bout the flappin' fish and the girls I've loved
On nights like this with the moon above
A whale of a tale, and it's all true
I swear by my tattoo

There was Typhoon Tessie
Met her on the coast of Java
When we kissed, I... bubbled up like molten lava
Then she gave me the scare of my young life
Blow me down and pick me up!
She was the captain's wife

Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads
A whale of a tale or two
'Bout the flappin' fish and the girls I've loved
On nights like this with the moon above
A whale of a tale, and it's all true
I swear by my tattoo

There was Harpoon Hannah
Had a face that made you shudder, lips like fishooks...
And a nose just like a rudder
If I kissed her and held her tenderly

Crew member with deep voice:
Held her tenderly-y-y-y

There's no sea monster big enough
To ever frighten me

Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads
A whale of a tale or two
'Bout the flappin' fish and the girls I've loved
On nights like this with the moon above
A whale of a tale, and it's all true
I swear by my tattoo

Additional Verse

While playing with Esmeralda, Ned Land creates an additional verse which describes his feelings towards Captain Nemo:

There was Old Man Nemo
Fed his crew on worms and fishes
Eels for breakfast
Slimy cold and seawood dishes

When they ate it
They knew it wasn't meat
But eat they did
With a scent
Of Smelling like a reef.

In the Soundtrack

Then ther was Harpoon Hannah

Had a look that spelled out danger

My heart quivered when she whispered "Hi there Stranger"

Bought her Trinkets, That sailors can't afford

Crew member with deep voice:

Sailors can't affo-o-o-ord

And when I spent my last red cent

She tossed me over board

Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads

A whale of a tale or two
'Bout the flappin' fish and the girls I've loved
On nights like this with the moon above
A whale of a tale, and it's all true
I swear by my tattoo

Video

Whale of a Tale- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea02:11

Whale of a Tale- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Twenty thousand leagues under the 2

Media: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Characters: Ned Land | Pierre Aronnax | Conseil | Captain Nemo | Esmeralda | Giant Squid | Nautilus's First Mate | Captain Farragut | John Howard | Billy | Coach Driver | Abraham Lincoln's First Mate | Casey

Locations: San Francisco | Nautilus | Vulcania

Transportation: Abraham Lincoln (ship) | Nautilus

Songs: A Whale of a Tale

Disney Parks 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage | Les Mystères du Nautilus | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Tokyo DisneySea attraction)

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