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"Tanz auf dem Seil" (Balancing Act) is the first new song of the musical, Der Glockner von Notre Dame. It introduces Clopin as the Leader of the Gypsies and to Esmeralda. Clopin starts the song by telling the audience and the new members of the Court of Miracles what roles they play in Paris as Gypsies. Those roles are beggars, artist, and the scapegoats and they must understand them in order to surive. One of the newcomers, a beautiful dancer named Esmeralda, catches Clopin's attention. Esmeralda had to move to Paris as she can’t keep her opinions to herself and it gets her into trouble but she is determined to try and make Paris her home.

Lyrics

Clopin:
Welcome to Paris
Parasites and rubble
True there's still some trouble you'll attract
Where our race is killed in other places
Here our life is like
A balancing act!

Gypsies:
Welcome to Paris
Parasites and rubble
We have rules here
Learn them on the double

Clopin:
We gypsies here in Paris
Have our specified roles to play

Gypsies:
We gypsies here in Paris
Have our specified roles to play

Clopin:
And if we play them nice enough
Then maybe they'll let us stay

Gypsies:
And if we play them nice enough
Then maybe we'll stay

Clopin:
First there is the beggar
So forlorn and forsaken
Next the street-performer they acclaim

Gypsy:
We're street performers

Clopin:
Last but never least
There is the scapegoat who they can blame
For all their troubles
And we try to keep the times
We're pitied or petted
Greater than the times we are attacked

Female Gypsies:
Sometimes we're spared...

Male Gypsies:
Sometimes we're smacked...

Clopin:
It's a balancing act!

Alright, let's get organized.
Beggars first! Good, good.
Even more pathetic as usual.
Let's see, we need musicians,
we need fortune tellers.
Now, if you lose your way, remember that...
When you wear this woven band, you hold the city in your hand.

Gypsies:
When you wear this woven band, you hold the city in you hand.

Clopin:
We are a ruby, red and pure. And the church a topaz, green as...
Ahh! What do we have here? And what is this beauty's name?

Esmeralda:
Esmeralda.

Clopin:
And how are you going to earn your keep, Esmeralda?

Esmeralda:
I dance.

Clopin:
Dance. Good.

Welcome to Paris, Esmeralda
The way you move
Is made to make men fall

Male Gypsies:
Esmeralda...

Clopin:
A girl who looks like Esmeralda
Is sure to prove
An asset to us all

Gypsy Woman:
Asset, hah! She's the reason we got kicked out of Frankfurt!

Clopin:
Oh, really? Caught stealing were you?

Gypsy Woman:
She hit a soldier.

Clopin:
Ah. Listen here Esmeralda.
You just worry about yourself here.
Otherwise, you'll soon be
on your way to the next town. Understood?

Esmeralda:
Yes.

Welcome to Paris, Esmeralda
You've seen how cruel
The world can really be
But here in Paris, life is better
At least on that,
I think I can agree

Gypsies:
Welcome to Paris, wretched refuge

Esmeralda:
Can it be
At last I'll find a home?

Gypsies:
This is our home now...

Esmeralda:
An end to all my years of roaming

Gypsies:
We'll have a home...

Esmeralda:
I'll hold my tongue

Gypsies:
At last a home...

Esmeralda:
Control my temper

Gypsies:
And in this home

All:
We'll use our wiles and wits and talents
As we try to keep on balancing
Forever

Clopin:
And when this day is done
We should have plenty to celebrate

Esmeralda and Gypsies:
And when this day is done
There will be plenty to celebrate

Clopin:
Unless of course it's one
When they decide to display their hate

Esmeralda and Gyspies:
Dear God, don't make it one
Where they display their hate

Clopin:
Well, no point in worrying
It's time to get out there
And do our level best to keep intact

Esmeralda and Gypsies:
We'll do our best to keep intact

All:
Our balancing act

Esmeralda:
Welcome to Paris
All that we desire
Is a home here
Dancing on a wire

Clopin:
It's a balancing act

Esmeralda and Gypsies:
And we're ready
To accept the fact:
Living here is like...

All:
A balancing act!

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: SoundtrackStudio Cast Recording
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!Mickey's Gift of DreamsThe 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!Happily Ever AfterWorld 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 TambourineInto Notre DameTop of the WorldThai Mol PiyasEsmeraldaCity Under SiegeFlight Into EgyptOut 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