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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: Tangled | Tangled Ever After | Tangled: Before Ever After
Television: A Poem Is... | Once Upon a Time | Sofia the First | Tangled: The Series
Video games: Tangled (video game) | Disney INFINITY series | Kingdom Hearts III | Disney Crossy Road | Disney Enchanted Tales
Books: Tangled: The Essential Guide | The Art of Tangled | Little Golden Book | Sticker Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Rapunzel: A Day to Remember | Before Ever After
Music: Soundtrack

Disney Parks

Disney Animation Building | Fairy Tale Forest | Garden of the Twelve Friends | It's a Small World | Le Pays des Contes de Fées | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Entertainment: Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Wishes | Disney Dreams! | Disneyland Forever | Fantasy Festival | La Forêt de l’Enchantement: Une aventure musicale Disney | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire | Mickey and the Magical Map | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | Once Upon a Time | Royal Theatre | Tangled: The Musical | The Golden Mickeys
Restaurants: Tangled Tree Tavern
Parade: Disney Magic on Parade | Festival of Fantasy Parade | Mickey's Storybook Express | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Christmas: World of Color: Winter Dreams


Original: Rapunzel | Flynn Rider | Mother Gothel | Pascal | Maximus | The Stabbington Brothers | Hook Hand | Big Nose | Vladimir | Shorty | Ulf | Attila | Pub Thugs | Captain of the Guards | Queen Arianna and King Frederic | Four Sisters | Castle Guards
TV series: Cassandra


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


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


Rapunzel's Frying Pan | Magical Golden Flower | Rapunzel's Magic Hair | Rapunzel's Crown | Lanterns

See Also

Disney Revival | As Told by Emoji

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