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Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Originally performed by
Composer Alan Menken
Lyrics Howard Ashman
Performer(s) Peddler (Bruce Adler)
Feature films Aladdin
The Return of Jafar
Aladdin and the King of Thieves
Short films
Television programs Aladdin
Attractions
Video games Aladdin (Genesis version)
Albums Aladdin (Original Soundtrack)
Preceded by
Followed by "One Jump Ahead"
Video

"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

Aladdin version

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

The Return of Jafar and TV series version

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!

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 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.

Reprise 1

In the palace, right here, lived The Wicked Wazir The adviser 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.

Reprise 2

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.

Reprise 3

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.

Reprise 4

So, it goes, short and sweet Now the 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!

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.
  • In the Broadway musical, the song is sung by Genie instead of the Peddler.


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Films and Shows: Aladdin | The Return of Jafar | Aladdin and the King of Thieves | Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams | Musical | Aladdin: The Series (Episode List) | "Hercules and the Arabian Night" | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland | Descendants

Music: Soundtrack

Video Games: Video game | Nasira's Revenge | Disney's MathQuest With Aladdin | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts coded | Kingdom Hearts χ | Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition

Original Film characters: Aladdin | Jasmine | Genie | Abu | Magic Carpet | The Sultan | Rajah | Jafar/Beggar Jafar/Snake Jafar/Genie Jafar | Iago | The Peddler | Razoul | The Royal Guards | Gazeem | Prince Achmed | Two Hungry Children

Sequel Characters: Abis Mal | Cassim | Sa'Luk | The Oracle

TV Series Characters: Sadira | Merc | Queen Hippsodeth | Scara | King Pector | The Mukhtar | Eden | Sultan Pasta Al-Dente | Dhandi | Hamed | Pharabu | Prince Uncouthma | General Gouda | Brawnhilda | Bud | Runta | Thundra | Machana | Fasir | Riders of Ramond | Samir the "Destroyer" | Squirt | Captain Al Bahtross | Prince Wazoo | Ajed Al-Gebraic | Amal | Abnor Mal | Mechanicles | Zarasto the Marauder | Marauders | Zorasto | Mozenrath | Xerxes | Khartoum | Sirocco | Shaman | Mirage | Haroud Hazi Bin | Fashoom | Saleen | Armand | Ayam Aghoul | Shadow Aladdin | Caliph Kapok | Sootinai | Daru Tavelevil | Malcho | Dominus Tusk | Al Muddy Sultan| Al Muddy | Aziz | Minos and Fatima | Nefir Hasenuf | Nefir's Imps | Arbutus | Magma | Amuk Moonrah | Chaos | Evil Genie | Amin Damoola | Nasira | Frigeed | Anubis | Shakata, Razili and Farida | Sand Monster | Sand Shark | Mothias | Ding and Oopo | Queen Deluca | King Zahbar | Queen Deluca's Brothers | The Great Rift | Mamluks | Kileem | The Ethereal | Zin and Zang | Unkbuut

Video Game Characters: Nasira | Bizarrah

Deleted Characters: Aladdin's Mother

Locations: Agrabah | Cave of Wonders | The Sultan's Palace | The Vanishing Isle | Odiferous | The Isle of Galifem | Morbia | Very Ankh-Amman | The Land of the Black Sand

Objects: Golden Scarab Beetle | Jafar's Snake Staff | Genie's Lamp | Jafar's Lamp | The Oracle's Scythe | Hand of Midas

Songs: Arabian Nights (Reprise) | One Jump Ahead (Reprise) | Friend Like Me | Prince Ali (Reprise) | A Whole New World (Reprise) | I'm Looking Out for Me | Nothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend) | Forget About Love | You're Only Second Rate | There's a Party Here in Agrabah (Reprise) | Out of Thin Air | Welcome To The Forty Thieves | Father and Son | Are You In or Out | Humiliate the Boy | Proud Of Your Boy | A Million Miles Away | These Palace Walls

Disney Parks: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin | Aladdin's Royal Caravan | The Magic Lamp Theater

Other: The Disney Afternoon | Comic book | Great Minds Think 4 Themselves

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