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Esmeralda-(The Hunchback of Notre Dame)-5
God Help the Outcasts
Originally performed by
Composer Alan Menken
Lyrics Stephen Schwartz
Performer(s) Esmeralda (Heidi Mollenhauer)
Notre Dame congregation
Length 3:45
Films The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Shows
Attractions
Video games
Albums The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Original Soundtrack)
McDonald's Celebrates Disney Music - Volume 2: Rascal Songs
Classic Disney - Volume V
Preceded by Topsy Turvy
Followed by Heaven's Light/Hellfire
Video


"God Help the Outcasts" is a song from Disney's 1996 animated feature film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The soft ballad was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz and recorded by by American singer and actress Heidi Mollenhauer in her film role as the singing voice of Esmeralda for a scene inside Notre Dame after she sees how Quasimodo and her people are treated by society.

It replaced another song, "Someday," which was cut when the directors wanted a quieter song in a cathedral. A pop version of "Someday", with slightly altered lyrics, is performed over the movie's credits. A pop cover of "God Help the Outcasts" was recorded by American entertainer Bette Midler and is featured on the film's soundtrack, though it is not used in the movie itself. It is 3:26 minutes long and Track 16 - the final track The film version is track 5 on the film soundtrack and is 3:45 minutes long. Extra voices were provided by Brian Cummings, Debi Mae West, and Lisa Russo.

Production

The song was adapted for the German stage version of the animated film, known as Der Glöckner von Notre Dame. Stephen Schwartz said "the scene...with all its candles and projected re-creation of Notre Dame, I thought was absolutely stunning".

Stephen Shwartz explains that "The song 'Someday' was originally written for the Disney animated feature THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME as a possible replacement for the song 'God Help the Outcasts'. Ultimately, we went with the other song instead", though adds that "since everybody liked 'Someday' as well, it was then used as an end title credit for the film". While both songs find a home in the musical version ("in the stage version, 'Someday' is used towards the end, when Esmeralda is being led to execution"), in the film, the songs took place at the same point in time - "Esmeralda's first entrance into Notre Dame cathedral [where she is both] awed by the serenity and splendor of the place [and] brings with her a bitter and acute awareness of the injustice of her situation and that of her people and the less fortunate of society in general".

Musical Version

Hilf den Verstoßenen (God Help the Outcast) is for the most part the same as the Disney version with one exception, Quasimodo sings in it. This add-on makes the song a touch longer. Another minor difference is that unlike the parishioners in the Disney that sings about wanting wealth, fame, glory together in the stage show the first two lines are sung in solos. A minute difference. Musically the song is identical to the Disney. Seriously, play the songs together and they are the same musically.

It’s a nice version of God Help the Outcast. On the one hand I I rather like the addition of Quasimodo here but on the other it robs Esmeralda of a song to herself. I mean Phoebus get one but Esmeralda also sings with someone else whereas Quasimodo get two song of himself, three is you want to count the Gargoyles as part of his psyche . Considering that I wish they had let Quasimodo out of the song but maybe Menken and Schwartz felt that Esmeralda and Quasimodo should have got one song together but Quasimodo shyness would have prevented him from actively singing with her so him stalking her around Notre Dame and sing along wit her prayer was a logic move to make but still would it have killed them to give her a solo song.

Lyrics

Esmeralda: I don't know if You can hear me
Or if You're even there
I don't know if You would listen
To a gypsy's prayer
Yes, I know I'm just an outcast
I shouldn't speak to You
Still I see Your face and wonder...
Were You once an outcast too?

God help the outcasts
Hungry from birth
Show them the mercy
They don't find on earth
God help my people
We look to You still
God help the outcasts
Or nobody will

Parishioners: I ask for wealth
I ask for fame
I ask for glory to shine on my name
I ask for love I can possess
I ask for God and His angels to bless me

Esmeralda: I ask for nothing
I can get by
But I know so many
Less lucky than I
Please help my people
The poor and downtrod
I thought we all were
The children of God
God help the outcasts
Children of God

Musical Lyrics

ESMERALDA
I don't know if you can hear me
Or if you're even there
I don't know if you would listen
To a Gypsy's prayer
Yes, I know I'm just an outcast
I shouldn't speak to you
Still, I see your face and wonder
Were you once an outcast too?

God help the outcasts
Hungry from birth
Show them the mercy
They don't find on Earth
God help my people
They look to you still
God help the outcasts
Or nobody will

QUASIMODO
God help the outcasts
Hungry from birth
Show them the mercy
They don't find on Earth

PARISHIONERS
I ask for wealth
I ask for fame
I ask for glory to shine on my name
I ask for love I can possess
I ask for God and His angels to bless me

ESMERALDA
I ask for nothing
I can get by
But I know so many
Less lucky than I
Please help my people
The poor and downtrod
I thought we all were
The children of God

QUASIMODO
God help the outcasts

ESMERALDA
God help the outcasts
Children of God

QUASIMODO
Children of God

ESMERALDA / QUASIMODO
Children of God

Critical reception

The New York Times said "The score, with lively music...and nicely agile lyrics, soars to sanctimonious heights with the lilting, catchy power ballad God Help the Outcasts", and added that it was "a sure thing for next year's Oscar show". None of the songs from Hunchback were nominated the Academy Award for best original song.

Going Home to Heaven called the song "a bolder stroke than [the Disney team] had ever done before", and says that the messages of this piece, along with Hunchback songs like Sanctuary and The Bells of Notre Dame are "very powerful".

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame- 1996
Media: The Hunchback of Notre Dame | The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Original Soundtrack) | The Hunchback of Notre Dame (musical) | The Hunchback of Notre Dame II | House of Mouse | Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Characters: Quasimodo | Esmeralda | Claude Frollo | Phoebus | Hugo, Victor, and Laverne | Clopin | Archdeacon | Achilles | Djali | Quasimodo's mother | Quasimodo's father | Madellaine | Zephyr | Sarousch | Snowball | Brutish and Oafish Guard

Locations: Notre Dame de Paris | Paris, France | Palace of Justice | Court of Miracles

Songs: The Bells of Notre Dame + (Reprise) | Out There | Topsy Turvy | God Help the Outcasts | Hellfire | A Guy Like You | The Court of Miracles | Someday | Le Jour D'Amour | An Ordinary Miracle | I'd Stick With You | Fa la la la Fallen In Love | I'm Gonna Love You | Balancing Act | Rest And Recreation | Top of the World | Esmeralda (Song) | City Under Siege | Out of Love + (Reprise) | Dance of the Gypsies | Made of Stone | Grand Finale

See Also: Disney Sing Along Songs: Topsy Turvy

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