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"Arabian Nights" is the opening song from Aladdin, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman. It was performed by The Peddler (singing voice by the late Bruce Adler). Howard Ashman and Alan Menken had written several reprises, but they were ultimately cut from the final film.

An alternate version of the song utilizing lyrics from the original demo was later featured in The Return of Jafar, performed by Brian Hannan. This version was also used as the main titles theme for the Aladdin television series.

Aladdin and the King of Thieves features a reprise performed by Bruce Adler, which was originally recorded for the first film.

Arabian Nights pops up in the movie's score quite often, primarily used as a theme for Jafar.

Lyrics

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. (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

Follow me to a place where incredible feats are routine every hour or so
Where enchantment runs rampant
Yes wild in the streets
Open Sesame, here we go!

Arabian Nights
Like Arabian Days
They tease and excite
Take off and take flight
They shock and amaze

Arabian Nights
Like Arabian Days
More often than not
Are hotter than hot
In a lot of good ways

Pack your shield, Pack your sword
You won't ever get bored
Though get beaten or gored, you might
Come on down
Stop on by
Hop a carpet and fly
To another Arabian Night
Arabian Night!

Genie
(spoken) Salam and good evening to you all dear friends,
Welcome to the fabled city of Agrabah,
City of flying carpets, soaring heroes, famous love ballads, and more glitz and glamour than any other fictional city in the world!

(sung) 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,

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,

(spoken) And of course you know what Agrabah is famous for,
This magical lamp,
Don't be fooled by it's common place appearance,
Like so many things it's not what on the outside, but what's on the inside that counts,
This lamp put Agrabah on the map,
You've never been?
We can fix that!

(sung) Follow me to a place,
Where incredible feats,
are routine every hour or so,

Where enchantment runs rampant,
Runs wild in the streets,
Open Sesame, here we go!

See the dervishes dance,
In ridiculous pants,
And romance to your hearts delight,

Genie and Company
Come on down,
(Come on in)
Let the magic begin,
It's another Arabian Nights

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,

Soloist
In that magical land,
That mystical place,
There's a genie inside of every door,

Men
He'll do all of your bidding,
Your wishes command,

Genie
It's demeaning but hey,
There you are!

Ladies
Unbelievable, yes,
And an ethical mess,

Ensemble
None the less,
No ones very contrite,

You come here and you,
Come to a land where any mountain can move,
A land of high intrigue,
With tricky logistics,
By prophets and mystics,

Genie
And I've got statistics that prove,

All
Arabian nights,
Arabian nights,

(dance break)

Genie
(spoken) Agrabah, Come for the hummus, stay for the floor show,
Even the poor people look fabulous,
And everyone here has a minor in dance,

And now for the softer side of Agrabah!

(harem dance)

And of course you must watch your step here in Agrabah,
For danger lurks around every corner,

It's a city where a penniless nobody,
Can turn out to be a noble somebody,

Where a Princess would give up her crown for true love,
But her father is a stickler for the old ways

And our heroes pals are as thick as thieves,
Adorable... But thieves

And oh did I mention,
Everybody sings!

Full Company
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

Arabian Nights,
Arabian Nights,
Arabian Nights,
Arabian Nights!

Deleted Reprises

Initially a longer composition, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken 1990 score treatment incorporated several reprises sung by The Genie of the Ring, who served as the story's narrator in the original treatment (although under the guise of the Peddler). The first reprise introduces The Wicked Wazir (later to be named Jafar) as the story's main antagonist. The second is sung as Wazir takes Aladdin to The Cave of Wonders posing as his uncle. The third plays as someone - presumably Aladdin - is locked in the dungeon, awaiting death. For the fourth and final reprise, The Genie of the Ring bids the audience farewell; this reprise was sung by The Peddler at the end of King of Thieves.

In the palace, right here, lived a wicked vizier; the advisor to Sultan Hamed. And this part-time magician, this amateur seer, wished his boss, the good sultan, dead. He was charming and slick, but unspeakably sick, this despicable parasite. What a villain, boo hiss! Further proof, dears, that this is another Arabian night...

A contemptible skunk was this counterfeit "Unc". But Aladdin he led, alas, on a journey insane through forbidden terrain to a desolate mountain pass. And the trip that they had was so bad for our lad that he gradually got uptight... and suspected - guess what? This was possibly not just another Arabian night...

What a room, what a stink. This is doom, don't you think? As the hours of the night crawl past. You've got rats in your cell, but you'll live with the smell, till the dawn, when you'll breathe your last. Every tick of the clock says get set for the block and the shock of your awful plight. You should sleep, but you don't, 'cause you know that you won't see another Arabian night.

So, it goes, short and sweet. Now they live down the street, doing just what they all do best. Happy end to the tale, and tomorrow's a sale. So I'd better go home and rest. Here's a kiss and a hug. Sure you don't need a rug? I assure you the price is right. Well, salaam, worthy friend. Come back soon, that's the end, 'till another Arabian night!

Aladdin and the King of Thieves reprise

This last reprise is sung by the Peddler at the end of Aladdin and the King of Thieves. It is a slightly different version of the fourth deleted reprise; the lyrics were altered to reflect changes made to the stories (mostly Aladdin living in the palace after his wedding, contrary to an early version where Jasmine would give up her status as a princess and come live with Aladdin in the end, reflected by the original version's lyric "Now they live down the street").

So it goes, short and sweet,
They were wed down the street,
May their marriage be truly blessed…
Happy end to the tale!
And tomorrow's a sale…
So I'd better go home, and rest !
Here's a kiss, and a hug;
Sure you don't need a rug?
I assure the price is right!…
Well salaam, worthy friend,
Come back soon, that's the end--
'Til another Arabian night!…
Arabian Niiiiiiight!

Trivia

  • When the film was first released to cinemas, the line, "Where it's flat and immense and the heat is intense" was originally, "Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face". Due to the line being offensive, it was changed shortly after being released. It's unknown whether Menken or lyricist Tim Rice wrote that extra lyric, seeing how it was never heard in the original demo.  The original lyric is only heard on the first soundtrack, while the Special Edition soundtrack retains the intended lyric.
  • In the Broadway musical, the song is sung by Genie instead of the Peddler, (Even though it's hinted they're both the same character).
  • A parody of the song is seen on the playlist of Judy Hopps' music player under the name Ara-bunny Nights in Zootopia

Videos


v - e - d
Aladdin Logo
Media
Films: AladdinThe Return of JafarAladdin and the King of ThievesDisney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your DreamsDescendantsVideoAladdin (live-action film)

Television: Aladdin: The Series • "Hercules and the Arabian Night" • Great Minds Think 4 ThemselvesHouse of MouseOnce Upon a Time in WonderlandSofia the FirstA Poem Is...Once Upon a Time
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Classic StorybookComic bookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Look-Look BookGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookAladdin's QuestAbu and the Evil GenieJasmine and the Disappearing TigerA-Mazing AladdinThe Magic Carpet's SecretDon't Bug the GenieJasmine's Magic CharmJasmine's Royal WeddingAladdin: One True LoveJasmine: The Missing CoinJasmine the MatchmakerDisney Princess Beginnings
Video Games: Video gameNasira's RevengeDisney's MathQuest With AladdinDisney INFINITYDisney INFINITY: 2.0 EditionKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts codedKingdom Hearts χKingdom Hearts Unchained χDisney Enchanted Tales

Disney Parks
Arabian CoastArt of AnimationCaravan CarouselDisney Animation BuildingGarden of the Twelve FriendsIt's a Small WorldLe Passage Enchanté d'AladdinMickey's PhilharMagicSorcerers of the Magic KingdomStitch and Friends Summer SurpriseStorybook Land Canal BoatsThe Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management)The Magic Carpets of AladdinVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Entertainment: Aladdin's Great AdventureAladdin: A Musical SpectacularAnimazment - The MusicalCinderella's Surprise CelebrationDisney's BelieveDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney's Summer Oasis SplashDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicFeel the MagicGolden Fairytale FanfareMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the MagicianMickey and the Wondrous BookThe Magic Lamp TheaterVillains Tonight!
Restaurants: Aladdin's OasisSultan's Oasis
Shops: Adventureland BazaarAbu's BazaarAgrabah Marketplace
Parade: Aladdin's Royal CaravanCelebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Magical Moments ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeMickey's New Year's Eve ParadeMickey's Soundsational ParadeStitch's Summer Dance BashThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Firework: Disney Dreams!Disney in the StarsHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightWishesWorld of Color
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween PartyDisney's Not-So-Scary Halloween ShowHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeThe Villains WorldVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out!

Characters
Original Characters: AladdinGenieJasmineAbuMagic CarpetThe SultanRajahJafarIagoThe PeddlerRazoul The Royal GuardsGazeemPrince AchmedHarem GirlsFaroukTwo Hungry ChildrenSultana

Sequel Characters: Abis MalCassimSa'LukThe Oracle
TV Series Characters: SadiraMercQueen HippsodethScaraKing PectorThe MukhtarEdenSultan Pasta Al-DenteDhandiHamedPharabuPrince UncouthmaGeneral GoudaBrawnhildaBudRuntaThundraQueen KimblaBrisbaneKoala KidMachanaFasirRiders of RamondSamir the "Destroyer"SquirtCaptain Al BahtrossPrince WazooAjed Al-GebraicAmalAbnor MalMechaniclesScooterZarasto the MarauderMaraudersZorastoMozenrathXerxesKhartoumSiroccoShamanMirageHaroud Hazi BinFashoomSaleenArmandAyam AghoulEvil AladdinCaliph KapokSootinaiDaru TavelevilMalchoDominus TuskAl Muddy SultanAl MuddyAzizMinos and FatimaNefir HasenufNefir's ImpsArbutusMagmaAmuk MoonrahChaosEvil GenieAmin DamoolaNasiraFrigeedAnubisSahkata, Razili and FaridaSand MonsterSand SharkMothiasDing and OopoQueen DelucaKing ZahbarQueen Deluca's BrothersThe Great RiftMamluksKileemThe EtherealZin and ZangKutatoUnkbuutDestane
Enchanted Tales Characters: AneesaHakeemSaharaSharma
Video Game Characters: NasiraBizarrahVery Ankh-Amman
Deleted Characters: Aladdin's MotherGenie of the Ring

Episodes
Season One: Getting the Bugs OutMudder's DayFowl WeatherThe Prophet MotiveMuch Abu About SomethingMy Fair AladdinTo Cure a ThiefNever Say NefirRaiders of the Lost Shark

Season Two: "Air Feather Friends" • "Bad Mood Rising" • "Do the Rat Thing" • "The Vapor Chase" • "Garden of Evil" • "Some Enchanted Genie" • "Web of Fear" • "Plunder the Sea" • "Strike Up the Sand" • "Sneeze the Day" • "I Never Mechanism I Didn't Like" • "Forget Me Lots" • "Scare Necessities" • "SandSwitch" • "Lost and Founded" • "Moonlight Madness" • "The Flawed Couple" • "Rain of Terror" • "Dune Quixote" • "That Stinking Feeling" • "The Day the Bird Stood Still" • "Of Ice and Men" • "Opposites Detract" • "Caught by the Tale" • "Elemental, My Dear Jasmine" • "Beast or Famine" • "Smolder and Wiser" • "The Game" • "Poor Iago" • "The Spice is Right" • "The Animal Kingdom" • "Power to the Parrot" • "The Sands of Fate" • "Hero with a Thousand Feathers" • "The Citadel" • "Snowman is an Island" • "The Secret of Dagger Rock" • "In the Heat of the Fright" • "Witch Way Did She Go?" • "The Seven Faces of Genie" • "The Wind Jackals of Mozenrath" • "A Clockwork Hero" • "Mission: Imp Possible" • "Stinker Belle" • "Sea No Evil" • "Shadow of a Doubt" • "Smells Like Trouble" • "The Way We War" • "Night of the Living Mud" • "Egg-stra Protection" • "A Sultan Worth His Salt" • "Heads, You Lose" • "The Love Bug" • "When Chaos Comes Calling" • "Genie Hunt" • "Armored and Dangerous" • "The Lost Ones" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "Shark Treatment" • "Black Sand" • "Love at First Sprite" • "Vocal Hero" • "The Lost City of the Sun" • "As the Netherworld Turns" • "Seems Like Old Crimes" • "From Hippsodeth, with Love" • "Destiny on Fire" • "The Return of Malcho"
Season Three: "The Hunted" • "Riders Redux" • "The Book of Khartoum" • "While the City Snoozes" • "Two to Tangle" • "The Ethereal" • "The Shadow Knows" • "The Great Rift"

Locations
AgrabahCave of WondersCrazy Hakim's Discount FertilizerThe Sultan's PalaceThe Vanishing IsleOdiferousThe Isle of GalifemMorbiaVery Ankh-AmmanThe Land of the Black SandOld Wizard's Lab
Objects
Golden Scarab BeetleJafar's Snake StaffGenie's LampJafar's LampEden's BottleMozenrath's GauntletCrystal of IxBlue Rose of ForgetfulnessTree of RenewalThe Oracle's ScytheHand of Midas
Songs
Original: Arabian NightsOne Jump AheadFriend Like MePrince AliA Whole New World

Return of Jafar: I'm Looking Out for MeNothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend)Forget About LoveYou're Only Second Rate
King of Thieves: There's a Party Here in AgrabahOut of Thin AirWelcome to the Forty ThievesFather and SonAre You In or Out
Enchanted Tales: More Than a Peacock PrincessI've Got My Eyes on You
Deleted songs: Humiliate the BoyProud of Your BoyWhy Me?Count on MeCall Me a PrincessBabkak, Omar, Aladdin, KassimHigh AdventureMy Finest HourTo Be Free
Broadway: A Million Miles AwayThese Palace Walls

See also
MusicalFriend Like IagoThe Disney AfternoonDisney RenaissanceAs Told by Emoji

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