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"Friend Like Me" is a song sung by Genie (Robin Williams) in the Disney animated feature Aladdin

Plot

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.

During the credits of the movie, there is an instrumental reprise of the song.

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

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

Wah-wah-wah! (Oh my!)
Wah-wah-wah! (No no!)
Wah-wah-wah! (My my my!)
(Scats)

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 whatcha 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!

Wah-wah-wah! (Oh my!)
Wah-wah-wah! (Oh no!)
Wah-wah wah!

Well Ali Baba had them forty thieves
Scheherazade had a thousand tales
Well 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 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?

"There it is! C'mon fellas, help me out!"

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

"Now watch me sell it!"

Wah-wah-wah! (Oh my!)
Wah-wah-wah! (Oh no!)
Wah-wah wah!

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
Then make the sucker disappear?

So don't you 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 whatcha 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

"Come on! Yes! 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 like me

Can your friends do this?

"No really... can they? You're welcome!"

"Or maybe, our lucky contestant would like to wish 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!"

Tale as old as time

"Thank you, thank you very much."

True as it can be
Barely even friends
Beauty and the...

Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?
Wouldn't you think my collection's 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 corn moon
For 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

"Yes!"

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 go abracadabra, let 'er rip?

"Give me a doggy bag; takin' it home!"

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

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Trivia

  • It was the first scene in the movie that had its animation finished with a difference in character design.
  • The sound for the song was influenced by jive singer and bandleader Cab Calloway as well as jazz pianist Fats Waller.
  • The song was nominated Academy Award for Best Original Song and was the late Howard Ashman's last nomination.
  • At the Academy Awards, the song was performed by the late singer and dancer Nell Carter.
  • 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.
  • During the bit where Genie is dressed up as a French waiter, he orders a chicken and rice dish for Aladdin. He writes down the order in actual Farsi.
  • In the Fairly Oddparents special Fairy Idol, Norm the genie sings "Gimme the Wand", which sounds similar to "Friend Like Me". The show's theme song also sounds similar to "Friend Like Me".
  • Part of the beginning of the song is featured in the end of the song Nothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend), which is sung in the sequel.
  • 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.
  • During Jafar's death in the sequel it is audible a very brief drammtic version of this song.  


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Aladdin Logo
Media
Films: AladdinThe Return of JafarAladdin and the King of ThievesDisney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your DreamsVideoAladdin (2019 film)

Television: Aladdin: The Series • "Hercules and the Arabian Night" • Great Minds Think 4 ThemselvesA Poem Is...
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 χ/Union χDisney Enchanted TalesDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle Mode

Disney Parks
Arabian CoastCaravan CarouselDisney Animation BuildingGarden of the Twelve FriendsIt's a Small WorldKaribuni MarketplaceLe 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 SpectacularCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney's Summer Oasis SplashFeel the MagicGolden Fairytale FanfareMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the MagicianMickey and the Wondrous BookRoyal Princess Music CelebrationThe 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 ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Happiness is Here ParadeMickey's New Year's Eve ParadeMove It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyMickey's Soundsational ParadeMickey's Storybook ExpressStitch's Summer Dance BashThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Firework: Believe... There's Magic in the StarsDisney Dreams!Disney in the StarsFantasy in the SkyHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightOnce Upon a Time Remember... Dreams Come TrueWishesWorld of Color
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween PartyHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsKooky Spooky Halloween NightRe-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 MalAbis Mal's ThugsCassimSa'LukThe Oracle
TV Series Characters: SadiraMercQueen HippsodethScaraKing PectorThe MukhtarKing MamoodEdenSultan Pasta Al-DenteDhandiHamedPharabuPrince UncouthmaGeneral GoudaBrawnhildaBudRuntaThundraQueen KimblaSydneyBrisbaneKoala 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 GenieScourge of the DesertAmin DamoolaFrigeedAnubisSahkata, 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
Remake: DaliaPrince Anders

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 RenewalEmerald of KhufuThe 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 WallsSomebody's Got Your BackDiamond in the Rough

See also
MusicalFriend Like IagoThe Disney AfternoonDisney RenaissanceAs Told by Emoji