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"As Long as There's a Moon" is a song sung by Phoebus (Alan Menken) & Esmeralda (plus Clopin and the Gypsies) in the Court of Miracles from Disney's 1996 animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Background

Like In a Place of Miracles, this sequence was supposed to occur right after Esmeralda stops the lynching of Quasimodo and Phoebus. The song was another attempt at a romantic/gypsy song, but it was deleted for focusing too much on Esmeralda and Phoebus and replaced by the reprise of The Bells of Notre Dame from the end of the battle sequence and Frollo's death.

Lyrics

Clopin: (speaking & laughing) We'll have our party after all!

(singing): Hanging or wedding, well, what does it matter
You're sure to be roped at the end of the day
Wedding or hanging, the former, the latter, we know either way
You're going to pay

Phoebus (speaking) Hey!

Clopin: Now, now, the groom must pay the bride price. It's another custom.

(singing) But we can't have a wedding planned
Without a wedding band

We need some music so tambourines clatter and break out the fiddles
And play gypsies play

(speaking): No, no, no. Something romantic to set the mood. Ah, that's better.

Gypsies: La la la la la, la la la
Sing a wedding song tonight
For the pretty bride to show her
We're sharing the glow

Clopin: Though our moon is just a lantern
Still she's shining big and bright
On this happy scene below her

Gypsies & Clopin: So, as long as there's a moon
To wish on
So, as long as there's a song
To croon
We'll throw the wedding jug to keep tradition

Clopin: And hope your love will last
As long as there's a moon

(speaking) One, two, three, a thousand pieces.
That means your marriage will last a thousand years.
And now we must have the joining of the hands.
If our King of Fools will preside.

Quasimodo: (speaking) No, I can't. I...

Phoebus: (speaking) You might as well give in my friend.
I think we're all helpless here.

(singing): Who am I to fight the power?
Of candlelight and mandolins

Seems it would be awfully rude now
Telling them no

Once they start the bridal shower
Once the wedding march begins

Who am I to spoil the mood now?

Phoebus and Esmeralda: So, as long as there's a moon, above us
Oh, it seems a shame to waste this tune
You know
We all want someone to love us
I guess I'll love you
As long as there's a moon

Everyone: They say the moon is like a gypsy
She casts a spell and then she's gone
We know life is strange
Everything could change
With the dawn
Let the night go on
Oh!
As long as there's a moon
To guide us
Home!
Don't let the morning come too soon
You know
We all want someone beside us
None of us a truly solitaire
Every moon is new when someone cares
I will care for you
As long as there's a moon

Gallery

This sequence has storyboards drawn by Paul and Gaëtean Brizzi and Fred Craig.

v - e - d
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Media
Films: The Hunchback of Notre DameThe Hunchback of Notre Dame IIVideo

Television: House of MouseEsmeralda
Video games: The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Topsy TurvyKingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Big Golden BookClassic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of Reading

Disney Parks
Disney Animation BuildingStitch and Friends Summer Surprise

Entertainment: Animazment - The MusicalDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!The Golden MickeysThe Hunchback of Notre Dame: A Musical AdventureThe Hunchback of Notre Dame: Festival of Fools
Restaurants: Clopin's Festival of Foods
Parade: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Topsy Turvy Cavalcade
Firework: Disney Dreams!World of Color
Halloween: Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween ShowHappy HallowishesIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeVillains Mix and Mingle

Characters
Original: QuasimodoEsmereldaClaude FrolloPhoebusVictor, Hugo, and LaverneClopinArchdeaconAchillesDjaliQuasimodo's motherQuasimodo's fatherOld PrisonerSnowballBrutish and Oafish GuardFrollo's soldiers

Sequel: MadellaineZephyrSarousch

Songs
Original: The Bells of Notre DameOut ThereTopsy TurvyHumiliationGod Help the OutcastsThe Bell TowerHeaven's LightHellfireParis BurningA Guy Like YouThe Court of MiraclesSanctuaryAnd He Shall Smite the WickedInto the SunlightSomeday

Sequel: Le Jour D'AmourAn Ordinary MiracleI'd Stick With YouFa la la la Fallen In LoveI'm Gonna Love You
Musical: Balancing ActRest and RecreationRhythm of the TambourineTop of the WorldEsmeraldaCity Under SiegeOut of Love (Reprise) • Dance of the GypsiesMade of StoneGrand Finale
Deleted Songs: In a Place of MiraclesAs Long As There's a MoonSomeday

Locations
ParisNotre Dame de ParisPalace of JusticeCourt of Miracles
Miscellaneous
MusicalDisney Sing Along Songs: Topsy TurvyThe Making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame