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Friend Like Me
Friend Like Me
Originally performed by
Composer Alan Menken
Lyrics Howard Ashman
Performer(s) Genie (Robin Williams)
Feature films Aladdin
Short films
Television programs
Attractions
Video games Aladdin
Albums Aladdin (Original Soundtrack)
Disney on Ice 25th Anniversary
Now That's What I Call Disney! 3
We Love Disney
Preceded by One Jump Ahead (Reprise)
Followed by Prince Ali
Video
Aladdin - Friend Like Me High Quality02:26

Aladdin - Friend Like Me High Quality

"Friend Like Me" is a song sung by Genie (Robin Williams) in the Disney animated feature Aladdin. It is sung while Genie shows off his powers to Aladdin, including summoning dancers, telling him in a musical-like fashion that he is a friend unlike any others. He also demonstrates the many possibilities Aladdin can wish for. It was the first scene in the movie that had its animation finished with a difference in character design. The song was nominated Academy Award for Best Original Song and was the late Howard Ashman's last nomination.

During the credits of the movie, there is an instrumental reprise of the song. The song was used for segments starring Genie in the Florida and Tokyo versions of Fantasmic!, Disney California Adventure's World of Color, and Disneyland Paris' Disney Dreams!

Lyrics

Well Ali Baba had them forty thieves
Scheherezad-ie had a thousand tales
But master you in luck 'cause up your sleeves
You got a brand of magic never fails

You got some power in your corner now
Some heavy ammunition in your camp
You got some punch, pizzazz, yahoo and how
See all you gotta do is rub that lamp
And I'll say

Mister Aladdin, sir
What will your pleasure be?
Let me take your order
Jot it down
You ain't never had a friend like me
No no

Life is your restaurant
And I'm your maître d’!
C'mon whisper what it is you want
You ain't never had a friend like me

Yes sir, we pride ourselves on service
You're the boss
The king, the shah

Say what you wish
It's yours! True dish
How about a little more Baklava?
Have some of column "A"
Try all of column "B"
I'm in the mood to help you dude
You ain't never had a friend like me

Can your friends do this?
Can your friends do that?
Can your friends pull this out their little hat?
Can your friends go, poof?

Well, looky here
Can your friends go, Abracadabra, let 'er rip
And then make the sucker disappear?
So don'tcha sit there slack jawed, buggy eyed
I'm here to answer all your midday prayers
You got me bona fide, certified
You got a genie for your chargé d'affaires
I got a powerful urge to help you out
So what-cha wish? I really wanna know
You got a list that's three miles long, no doubt
Well, all you gotta do is rub like so - and oh

Mister Aladdin, sir, have a wish or two or three
I'm on the job, you big nabob
You ain't never had a friend, never had a friend
You ain't never had a friend, never had a friend
You ain't never had a friend like me

You ain't never had a friend like me, hah!

(Scat fill) Can you give me a "bada-yada-yada"?
(Aladdin repeat)
Good! Scotty-wop
(Aladdin repeat)
Everybody! Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo
(Audience repeat)
(Scat fill) Hit it!

Well Ali Baba had them forty thieves
Scheherezad-ie had a thousand tales
But master you in luck 'cause up your sleeves
You got a brand of magic never fails
You got some power in your corner now
Some heavy ammunition in your camp
You got some punch, pizzazz, yahoo and how
See all you gotta do is rub that lamp
And I'll say

Mister Aladdin, sir
What will your pleasure be?
Let me take your order
Jot it down
You ain't never had a friend like me
No no no

Life is your restaurant
And I'm your maitre d'
C'mon whisper what it is you want
You ain't never had a friend like me

Yes sir, we pride ourselves on service
You're the boss
The king, the shah
Say what you wish
It's yours! True dish
How about a little more Baklava?

Have some of column "A"
Try all of column "B"
I'm in the mood to help you dude
You ain't never had a friend like me

Can your friends do this?
Do your friends do that?
Do your friends pull this out their little hat?
Can your friends go, poof?
Well, looky here
Can your friends go, Abracadabra, let 'er rip
And then make the sucker disappear?

So doncha sit there slack jawed, buggy eyed
I'm here to answer all your midday prayers
You got me bona fide, certified
You got a genie for your chare d'affaires
I got a powerful urge to help you out
So what-cha wish? I really wanna know
You got a list that's three miles long, no doubt
Well, all you gotta do is rub like so -

(Spoken) Come on! Yes! And oh...

(Sung)
Mister Aladdin, sir, have a wish or two or three
I'm on the job, you big nabob
You ain't never had a friend like...me!

(Spoken) Can your friends do this?
No really...can they? You're welcome!

Or maybe, our lucky contestant would like for a talent of fame? Welcome to 'Dancing With The Scimitars'!

Grab old Al, by the hand, swing him 'round 'till he can't stand, chicken in a basket, sparrow on a tree, never had a friend like me!

I'd like to bring the house down a little bit, sing a few old classics, couple of favorites of mine. I'll get back to you in a second! Thank you!

(Sung)
Tale as old as time...

(Spoken)
Thank you, thank you very much

(Sung)
True as it can be. Barely even friends, beauty and the...
Look at this stuff! Isn't it neat?! Wouldn't you think my collections complete?! Wouldn't you think I'm the genie who has everything?!

~Under the Sea Intro~

And you'll never hear the wolf cry to the blue cold moon, so whether we are white or copper skinned...

I want adventure in the great wide...
Ever just the same, ever a surprise, though he's sitting here, watch Al disappear, right before your eyes, oh!

(Spoken)
Yes!

(Sung)
Can you friends do this? Can you friends do that? can you friends do TAP?!

Can you friends do this? Can you friends do that? Can your friends do abracadabra? Let her rip?

(Spoken)
Give me a doggy bag; we're takin' it home!

(Sung)
Mister Aladdin, sir, have a wish or two or three
I'm on the job, you big nabob
You ain't never had a friend, never had a friend (You ain't never had a friend, never had a friend)
You ain't never (never!)
Had a (had a!)
Friend, like (a friend like) me!
Never had a friend like me!

Other Versions

Performer(s) Title(s) Translations(s) Language
Albanian
فيصل خورشيد (Faisal Khurshid) (2004 version)
? (2013 version)
Arabic
Márcio Simões "Amigo Insuperável" "Unbeatable Friend" Brazilian Portuguese
Христо Мутафчиев
(Khristo Mutafchiev)
Bulgarian
Vincent Potel "Un ami comme moi" "A Friend Like Me" Canadian French
陶贊新
(To Jaan San)
"這位好友真不錯" (Zhe wei haoyou zhen bucuo) "The Really Good Friend Cantonese
Josema Yuste "Un genio genial" "A Great Genie" Castilian Spanish
Ljubo Kerekeš "Prijatelja dva smo mi" "Two Friends We Are" Croatian
Otakar Brousek ml. "Kámoš jako já" "A Friend Like Me" Czech
Preben Kristensen "En ven som mig" "A Friend Like Me" Danish
Pierre Bokma "Zo'n Vriend Als Ik" Dutch
Vesa-Matti Loiri "Ei kaveria parempaa" "No Better Friend" Finnish
Richard Darbois "Je suis ton meilleur ami" "I'm Your Best Friend" French
Peer Augustinski "Nur'n kleiner Freundschaftsdienst" "Just a Little Friendly" German
Ζανό Ντάνιας
(Zano Ntanias)
"Σαν κ' Εμένα Φίλο Δε Θα Βρεις" (San k' Emena Feelo The Tha Vrees) "You Won't Find A Friend Like Me" Greek
טוביה צפיר
(Tuvia Tzafir)
Hebrew
Hindi
István Mikó "Jóbarát" "Good Friend" Hungarian
Þórhallur "Laddi" Sigurðsson "Vinur Eins Og Ég" Icelandic
Jumali Jindra Indonesian
Gigi Proietti "Un amico come me" "A Friend Like Me" Italian
山寺宏一
(Kōichi Yamadera)
Japanese
김명곤
Kim Myeong-Gon
Korean
Rubén Trujillo "Un amigo fiel" "A Faithful Friend" Latin American Spanish
"Sahabat Sejati" "True Friend" Malay
吳大維 (David Wu) Mandarin
Lars Sørbø "En venn som meg" "A Friend Like Me" Norwegian
Persian
Krzysztof Tyniec "Nie ma takich dwóch (jak jeden ja)" "There Ain't No Such Two People (As a One of Me)" Polish
Rui Oliveira "Um Amigo Assim" "Such a Friend" Portuguese
Armand Calotă Romanian
Виктор Кривонос
(Viktor Krivonos)
Russian
Marko Marković Serbian
Martin Hudec (2008 version)
Juraj Kemka (2013 version)
Slovak
Dan Ekborg "En vän som jag" "A Friend Like Me" Swedish
Thai
Boğaçhan Sözmen Turkish
Ukrainian

Videos

Gallery

Trivia

  • On a Japanese CD called V-Rock Disney, an English cover of this song is performed by Nightmare, the same group that sang the opening theme for the Death Note anime.
  • In the Fairly Oddparents special Fairy Idol, Norm the genie sings "Gimme the Wand", which sounds similar to "Friend Like Me".
  • This song is the first completed animated sequence produced in Aladdin. Some of the character designs are slightly altered or simplified compared to later scenes to prove this. However the animators knew that the speed of the movements and the craziness of the scene would easily distract audiences from this difference, so the scene wasn't remade to adjust the designs.


v - e - d
Aladdin Logo
Media

Films: Aladdin | The Return of Jafar | Aladdin and the King of Thieves | Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams | Descendants | Genie
Television: Aladdin: The Series | "Hercules and the Arabian Night" | Great Minds Think 4 Themselves | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland | Sofia the First
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Classic Storybook | Comic book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Look-Look Book | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Jasmine's Royal Wedding
Video Games: Video game | Nasira's Revenge | Disney's MathQuest With Aladdin | Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts coded | Kingdom Hearts χ | Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

Disney Parks

Arabian Coast | Adventureland Bazaar | Abu's Bazaar | Agrabah Marketplace | Aladdin's Great Adventure | Aladdin's Oasis | Aladdin's Royal Caravan | Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular | Animazment - The Musical | Caravan Carousel | Cinderella's Surprise Celebration | Disney's Believe | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney's Summer Oasis Splash | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disney in the Stars | Fantasmic! | Feel the Magic | Garden of the Twelve Friends | Golden Fairytale Fanfare | It's a Small World | Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Mickey and the Magician | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | Stitch's Summer Dance Bash | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise | Storybook Land Canal Boats | Sultan's Oasis | The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) | The Magic Carpets of Aladdin | The Magic Lamp Theater | Villains Tonight! | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto | World of Color

Characters

Original Characters: Aladdin | Jasmine | Genie | Abu | Magic Carpet | The Sultan | Rajah | Jafar | Iago | The Peddler | Razoul | The Royal Guards | Gazeem | Prince Achmed | Harem Girls | Farouk | Two Hungry Children | Sultana
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 | Queen Kimbla | Brisbane | Sydney | Koala Kid | Machana | Fasir | Riders of Ramond | Samir the "Destroyer" | Squirt | Captain Al Bahtross | Prince Wazoo | Ajed Al-Gebraic | Amal | Abnor Mal | Mechanicles | Scooter | 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 | Kutato | Unkbuut | Destane
Enchanted Tales Characters: Aneesa | Hakeem | Sahara | Sharma
Video Game Characters: Nasira | Bizarrah
Deleted Characters: Aladdin's Mother

Episodes

Season One: Getting the Bugs Out | Mudder's Day | Fowl Weather | The Prophet Motive | Much Abu About Something | My Fair Aladdin | To Cure a Thief | Never Say Nefir | Raiders 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

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 | Crystal of Ix | Blue Rose of Forgetfulness | Tree of Renewal | The Oracle's Scythe | Hand of Midas

Songs

Original: Arabian Nights (Reprise) | One Jump Ahead (Reprise) | Friend Like Me | Prince Ali (Reprise) | A Whole New World (Reprise)
Return of Jafar: I'm Looking Out for Me | Nothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend) | Forget About Love | You're Only Second Rate
King of Thieves: 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
Enchanted Tales: More Than a Peacock Princess | I've Got My Eyes on You
Deleted songs: Humiliate the Boy | Proud of Your Boy | Why Me? | Count on Me | Call Me a Princess | Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim | High Adventure
Broadway: A Million Miles Away | These Palace Walls

See Also

Musical | Friend Like Iago | The Disney Afternoon | Disney Renaissance | As Told by Emoji

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