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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.

Later, when Mother Gothel finds Rapunzel with Flynn Rider, she tries to take her back to the tower, but she refuses to comply. Realizing that Rapunzel has strong feelings for the thief, she dares her to offer the stolen tiara, stating that he will leave as soon as he has it.

Lyrics

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

Rapunzel:
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

Rapunzel:
But-—

Mother Gothel:
Shh! 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!

Rapunzel:
No!

Mother Gothel:
Yes!

Rapunzel:
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, under-dressed
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 wuv you!

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

Rapunzel?

Rapunzel:
Yes?

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

Rapunzel:
Yes, Mother.

Mother Gothel:
I love you very much, dear.

Rapunzel:
I love you more.

Mother Gothel:
I love you most.

Don't forget it
You'll regret it
Mother knows best!

Rapunzel:
I think he likes me.

Mother Gothel:
Likes you? Please, Rapunzel, that's demented!

Rapunzel:
But Mother, I -

Mother Gothel:
This is why you never should have left!
Dear, this whole romance that you've invented,
Just proves, you're too naive to be here
Why would he like you?
Come on now really!
Look at you! You think that he's impressed?
Don't be a dummy
Come with Mummy
Mother...

Rapunzel:
No!

Mother Gothel:
No? Oh. I see how it is.

Rapunzel knows best
Rapunzel's so mature now
Such a clever grown up miss
Rapunzel knows best
Fine, if you're so sure now
Go ahead, then give him this!

Rapunzel:
How did you--

Mother Gothel:
This is why he's here!
Don't let him deceive you!
Give it to him, watch, you'll see!

Rapunzel:
I will!

Mother Gothel:
Trust me, my dear
That's how fast he'll leave you
I won't say I told you so!
No, Rapunzel knows best!
So if he's such a dreamboat
Go ahead and put him to the test!

Rapunzel:
Mother, wait!

Mother Gothel:
If he's lying
Don't come crying
Mother knows best!

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Trivia

  • This song is remarkably similar to "Stay in Here," the first half of "Out There" (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which also has music written by Menken), 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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Media
Films: TangledTangled Ever AfterTangled: Before Ever After

Television: A Poem Is...Once Upon a TimeSofia the FirstTangled: The Series
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Books: Tangled: The Essential GuideThe Art of TangledLittle Golden BookSticker BookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingRapunzel: A Day to RememberBefore Ever AfterComic BooksRapunzel and the Lost Lagoon
Music: Soundtrack

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

TV series: CassandraLady CaineVarianOld Lady CrowleyMontyOwlLance Strongbow

Episodes
Shorts: "Checkmate" • "Prison Bake" • "Make Me Smile" • "Hare Peace"

Season One: "What the Hair?!" • "Rapunzel's Enemy" • "Fitzherbert P.I." • "Challenge of the Brave" • "Cassandra v. Eugene" • "The Return of Strongbow" • "In Like Flynn" • "Great Expotations" • "Under Raps" • "One Angry Princess" • "Pascal's Story" • "The Googly Nicer"

Locations
Rapunzel's TowerThe Snuggly DucklingCoronaCorona Castle
Songs
Film: When Will My Life BeginMother Knows BestI've Got a DreamI See the LightHealing IncantationSomething That I Want

TV Series: Life After Happily Ever AfterWind in My HairMore of MeI Will Make You Have Faith In Me

Objects
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