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"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) to tell how bad the world is outside her tower.


Mother Gothel:
You want to go outside? Ugh, 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 Gothel:
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.


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  • 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.

v - e - d
Films: TangledTangled Ever AfterTangled: Before Ever After

Television: A Poem Is...Once Upon a TimeSofia the FirstTangled: The Series
Video games: Tangled (video game)Disney INFINITY seriesKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Crossy Road Disney Enchanted Tales
Books: Tangled: The Essential GuideThe Art of TangledLittle Golden BookSticker BookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingRapunzel: A Day to RememberBefore Ever After
Music: Soundtrack

Disney Parks
Disney Animation BuildingFairy Tale ForestGarden of the Twelve FriendsIt's a Small WorldLe Pays des Contes de FéesVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Entertainment: Disney's WishesFantasy FestivalLa Forêt de l’Enchantement: Une aventure musicale DisneyMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Royal Friendship FaireMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Wondrous BookRoyal TheatreTangled: The MusicalThe Golden Mickeys
Restaurants: Tangled Tree Tavern
Parade: Disney Magic on ParadeFestival of Fantasy ParadeMickey's Storybook ExpressTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Firework: Celebrate the MagicDisney Dreams!Disneyland ForeverOnce Upon a Time
Christmas: World of Color: Winter Dreams

Original: RapunzelFlynn RiderMother GothelPascalMaximusThe Stabbington BrothersPub ThugsCaptain of the GuardsKing FredericQueen AriannaFour SistersCastle Guards

TV series: CassandraLady CaineVarianOld Lady Crowley

Season One: "What the Hair?!" • "Rapunzel's Enemy" • "Fitzherbert P.I." • "Challenge of the Brave" • "Cassandra v. Eugene" • "The Return of Strongbow"
Rapunzel's TowerThe Snuggly DucklingCoronaCorona Castle
Film: When Will My Life BeginMother Knows BestWhen Will My Life Begin (Reprise)I've Got a DreamMother Knows Best (Reprise)I See the LightHealing IncantationSomething That I Want

TV Series: Life After Happily Ever AfterWind in My HairMore of Me

Rapunzel's Frying PanMagical Golden FlowerRapunzel's Magic HairRapunzel's CrownLanterns
See Also
Disney RevivalAs Told by Emoji

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