The Disney Wiki

Mother Knows Best

28,204pages on
this wiki
Mother Knows Best
Mother Knows Best
Originally performed by
Composer Alan Menken
Lyrics Glenn Slater
Performer(s) Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy)
Rapunzel (Mandy Moore)
Films Tangled
Video games
Albums Tangled: Original Soundtrack
Preceded by When Will My Life Begin
Followed by When Will My Life Begin (Reprise 2)
Tangled - Mother Knows Best (HD)-002:35

Tangled - Mother Knows Best (HD)-0

"Mother Knows Best" is a song featured in the 2010 Disney film Tangled. The song was composed by Alan Menken while the lyrics were written by Glenn Slater. The song was sung by Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) and Rapunzel (Mandy Moore). This song also has a reprise to it.


Mother Gothel:
You want to go outside? Why, Rapunzel
Look at you, as fragile as a flower
Still a little sapling, just a sprout
You know why we stay up in this tower

I know but.

Mother Gothel:
That's right! To keep you safe and sound, dear
Guess I always knew this day was coming
Knew that soon you'd want to leave the nest
Soon, but not yet


Mother Gothel:
Trust me, pet
Mother Knows Best
Mother Knows Best
Listen to your mother
It's a scary world out there
Mother Knows Best
One way or another
Something will go wrong, I swear

Ruffian, thugs
Poison ivy, quicksand
Cannibals and snakes
The plague!


Mother Gothel:


Mother Gothel:
Also large bugs
Men with pointy teeth, and
Stop, no more, you'll just upset me!

Mother's right here
Mother will protect you
Darling, here's what I suggest
Skip the drama
Stay with Mama
Mother Knows Best

(Album version only)
Go ahead, get trampled by a rhino
Go ahead, get mugged and left for dead
Me, I'm just your mother, what do I know?
I only bathed and changed and nursed you
Go ahead and leave me, I deserve it
Let me die alone here, be my guest
When it's too late
You'll see, just wait
Mother Knows Best

Mother Knows Best
Take it from your mumsy
On your own, you won't survive
Sloppy, underdressed
Immature, clumsy
Please, they'll eat you up alive

Gullible, naive
Positively grubby
Ditzy and a bit, well, hmm vague
Plus, I believe
Gettin' kinda chubby
I'm just saying 'cause I love you

Mother understands
Mother's here to help you
All I have is one request



Mother Gothel:
Don't ever ask to leave this tower again!

(sighs) Yes, Mother.

Mother Gothel:
(sighs) I love you very much, dear.

I love you more.

Mother Gothel:
I love you most.
(sung) Don't forget it
You'll regret it
Mother Knows Best


  • This song is remarkably similar to "Out There" (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), as both seem as though the antagonist is trying to protect their hostage, who, coincidentally, both want to go to a festival/party.
  • Ironcially enough, Mother Gothel sings "soon, but not yet." (Reffering to Rapunzel leaving the tower) Yet, later that same day, she said Rapunzel will never leave the tower ever.


The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Mother Knows Best.



Films and Shorts: Tangled | Tangled Ever After | A Poem Is...

Video games: Tangled (video game) | Disney INFINITY

Books: Tangled: The Essential Guide | The Art of Tangled | Little Golden Book | Sticker Book | Tangled (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading)

Characters: Rapunzel | Flynn Rider | Mother Gothel | Pascal | Maximus | The Stabbington Brothers | Hook Hand | Big Nose | Vladimir | Shorty | Ulf | Attila | Pub Thugs | Captain of the Guards | The King of Corona | The Queen of Corona | Four Sisters

Locations: Rapunzel's Tower | The Snuggly Duckling | Corona | Corona Castle

Songs: When Will My Life Begin | Mother Knows Best | When Will My Life Begin (Reprise) | I've Got a Dream | Mother Knows Best (Reprise) | I See the Light | Healing Incantation | Something That I Want

Objects: Rapunzel's Frying Pan | Magical Golden Flower | Rapunzel's Magic Hair

Attractions: World of Color | Mickey's Soundsational Parade | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic | Mickey and the Magical Map | Fantasyland

Other: Tangled: Original Soundtrack | Frozen

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki