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Mother Knows Best
Mother Knows Best
Originally performed by
Composer Alan Menken
Lyrics Glenn Slater
Performer(s) Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy)
Feature films Tangled
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Albums Tangled: Original Soundtrack
Preceded by When Will My Life Begin
Followed by When Will My Life Begin (Reprise 2)
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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, dearest.
Guess I always knew this day was coming.
Knew that soon you'd want to leave the nest,
Soon, but not yet -

But -

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:

But -

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 "Stay in Here," the first half of "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, contradicting herself.


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Films: Tangled | Tangled Ever After
Television: A Poem Is... | Once Upon a Time | Sofia the First
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)
Music: Tangled: Original Soundtrack

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

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

Other: Frozen | Disney Revival

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