The prologue of the song starts when Facilier introduces himself to Prince Naveen and Lawrence. He then takes the two of them to his voodoo house located in a nearby alley. In the midst of this, he "reads Naveen's palm" and come to the conclusion that he is a visiting prince. Amazed, Naveen tells Lawrence of Facilier's palm-reading, but Lawrence feels that he is a fraud after seeing a copy of the newspaper in his back pocket. Angered by this, Facilier bursts into a song about his powers.
Later, his friends on the other side sing the song when they drag the villain to their world for not paying his debt.
Dr. Facilier (slow singing): Don't you disrespect me, little man!
Don't you derogate or deride! (Lights skull-shaped candles)
You're in my world now
Not your world
And I got friends on the other side...
Chorus (spoken): (Door opens) He's got friends on the other side...
Facilier (spoken): (Appears behind Prince Naveen and Lawrence) That's an echo, gentlemen. Just a little something we have here in Louisiana: a little parlor trick. Don't worry... (Shoves Naveen and Lawrence; slams door shut)
Facilier (quick singing): Sit down at my table
Put your minds at ease (Shadow takes hats and throws them away)
If you relax it will enable me to do anything I please,
I can read your future,
I can change it 'round some, too,
I'll look deep into your heart and soul...
Facilier (spoken): (Points at Lawrence with staff) You do have a soul, don't you, Lawrence?
Facilier (quick singing): Make your wildest dreams come true!
I got voodoo
I got hoodoo
I got things I ain't even tried!
And I got friends on the other side.
Chorus: He's got friends on the other side!
Facilier: The cards, the cards, the cards will tell,
The past, the present, and the future as well,
The cards, the cards, just take three,
Take a little trip into your future with me!
Now you, young man, are from across the sea,
You come from two long lines of royalty
Facilier (spoken): I'm a royal myself, on my mother's side.
Facilier (slow singing): Your lifestyle's high
But your funds are low
You need to marry a little honey whose daddy got dough
Mommy and daddy cut you off, huh, playboy?
Naveen (spoken): Eh, sad but true.
Facilier (spoken): Now y'all gotta get hitched, but hitchin' ties you down. You just wanna be free. Hop from place to place. But freedom... takes green!
It's the green, it's the green, it's the green you need,
And when I look into your future,
It's the green that I see!
On you, little man, I don't want to waste much time,
You been pushed around all your life,
You been pushed around by your mother and your sister and your brother,
And if you was married...
You'd be pushed around by your wife,
But in your future, the you I see,
Is exactly the man you always wanted to be!
Shake my hand.
Come on boys.
Won't you shake a poor sinner's hand?
Are you ready?
Chorus: Are you ready?
Facilier: Are you ready?
Voodoo Doll Chorus: Transformation central!
Facilier: Reformation central!
Shrunken Head Chorus: Reformation central!
Facilier: Transmogrification central!
Can you feel it?
You're changin', you're changin', you're changin', all right!
I hope you're satisfied,
But if you ain't,
Don't blame me,
You can blame my friends on the other side!
Chorus: You got what you wanted!
But you lost what you had!