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Out There
Originally performed by
Composer Alan Menken
Lyrics Stephen Schwartz
Performer(s) Claude Frollo (Tony Jay)
Quasimodo (Tom Hulce)
Feature films The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Short films
Television programs
Attractions
Video games
Albums The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Original Soundtrack)
Classic Disney - Volume III
Disney's 75 Years of Music & Memories
Disney Modern Classics
Preceded by "The Bells of Notre Dame"
Followed by "Topsy Turvy"
Video
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Out There ( The Hunchback of Notre Dame )

"Out There" is a song sung by Claude Frollo and Quasimodo from Disney's 1996 feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It begins with a dark introduction by Frollo, telling Quasimodo to stay up in the tower where he will not be reviled as a monster. This introduction features a beautiful weaving of two counter melodies sung by Frollo and Quasimodo. A clever use of the phrase "Stay In Here" brings the text of the rest of the song into contrast, "Out There."

Once the judge leaves the scene, everything seems so much brighter and Quasi sings about his dreams of leaving the bell tower and leading a normal life amongst the people he sees every day. This song may have been what finally convinced him to escape down into the Festival of Fools.

This song was included on the tape, Disney Sing-Along Songs: Topsy Turvy, however the dark introduction was edited out to make the song seem less dark for younger audiences.

Lyrics

Frollo: The world is cruel,
The world is wicked.
It's I alone whom you can trust in this whole city.
I am your only friend.

I who keep you, teach you, feed you, dress you.
I who look upon you without fear.
How can I protect you, boy, unless you
Always stay in here,
Away in here?

[Speech]
Remember what I've taught you, Quasimodo.

You are deformed,
Quasimodo: I am deformed...
Frollo: And you are ugly
Quasimodo: And I am ugly...
Frollo: And these are crimes
For which the world
Shows little pity.

You do not comprehend...
Quasimodo: You are my one defender...
Frollo: Out there, they'll revile you
As a monster.
Quasimodo: I am a monster...
Frollo: Out there, they will hate
And scorn and jeer.
Quasimodo: Only a monster....
Frollo: Why invite their calumny
And consternation?
Stay in here,
Be faithful to me.
Quasimodo: I'm faithful.
Frollo: Grateful to me...
Quasimodo: I'm grateful...

Frollo: Do as I say...
Obey...
Both: And/I'll stay
In here.

[Speech not heard on album version]
Quasimodo: You are good to me, master. I'm sorry.
Frollo: You are forgiven. But remember, Quasimodo, this is your sanctuary. [leaves]
Quasimodo: My sanctuary.

Safe behind these windows and these parapets of stone,
Gazing at the people down below me.
All my life I watch them as I hide up here alone,
Hungry for the histories they show me.
All my life I memorize their faces,
Knowing them as they will never know me.
All my life I wonder how it feels to pass a day,
Not above them...
But part of them...

And out there,
Living in the sun,
Give me one day out there,
All I ask is one
To hold forever.

Out there,
Where they all live unaware.
What I'd give,
What I'd dare,
Just to live one day out there.

Out there among the millers and the weavers and their wives,
Through the roofs and gables I can see them.
Every day they shout and scold and go about their lives,
Heedless of the gift it is to be them.
If I was in their skin,
I'd treasure ev'ry instant...

Out there,
Strolling by the Seine.
Taste a morning out there,
Like ordinary men.
Who freely walk about there,
Just one day and then.
I swear,

I'll be content...
With my share...
Won't resent...
Won't despair,
Old and bent,
I won't care,
I'll have spent
One day...
Out there!

Frollo
The world is cruel
The world is wicked
It's I alone whom you can trust
In this whole city
I am your only friend

Remember what I taught you, Quasimodo.
You are deformed

Quasimodo
I am deformed

Frollo
And you are ugly

Quasimodo
And I am ugly

Frollo
And these are crimes for
Which the world shows little pity
You do not comprehend

Quasimodo
You are my one defender...

Frollo
You are such a monster they would hurt you if they could
They would call you you hideous and hateful

Quasimodo
A monster...

Frollo
Everything I tell you boy I do for your own good
I'm surprised to find you so ungrateful

Quasimodo
Only a monster

Frollo
Out there you'd become their prey

Quasimodo
Master I am sorry I've offended you this way

Frollo
They could hurt you out there
Not if you obey and stay
In here

Frollo
The world is cruel
The world is wicked
It's I alone whom you can trust
In this whole city
I am your only friend

I who keep you, teach you, feed you, dress you
I who look upon you without fear
How can I protect you boy
Unless you always stay in here
Away in here...?
Remember what I taught you, Quasimodo.
You are deformed

Quasimodo
I am deformed

Frollo
And you are ugly

Quasimodo
And I am ugly

Frollo
And these are crimes for
Which the world shows little pity
You do not comprehend

Quasimodo
You are my one defender...

Frollo
Out there they'll revile you as a monster

Quasimodo
I am a monster...

Frollo
Out there they will hate and scorn and jeer

Quasimodo
Only a monster...

Frollo
Why invite their curses and their consternation?
Stay in here!
Here you will be happier by far
You don't know how fortunate you are...

Once I was as blessed as you,
A novice priest in service to
This holy church which was, I knew
My sanctuary
Latin, Greek, Theology,
The study and austerity
I prayed it would forever be
My sanctuary
Oh, then my duty called
Paris was burning
Sin, vice, corruption ev'rywhere
For me to rout
Out there...

Quasimodo
You are good to me, master. I'm sorry.

Frollo
I see the great unwashed are beginning to congregate. It appears that I will have to dip my handkerchief in perfume and hold it to my nose to get me through this day. Well then, I must be off.

Out where it's dark

Loni
Out where it's bright

Frollo
Out where it's dirty

Charles
Out where it's busy

Frollo
Out in that morally debauched
And putrefied world

Gargoyles
There's such a wide world to share

Frollo
I am so thankful for our sanctuary

Antoine
If you go out, it can remain our secret

Frollo
Our secret sanctuary

Gargoyles
Oh, if this once you go

Frollo
I've kept you pure

Gargoyles
Out in the air

Frollo
Year after year

Antoine
It may be right...

Charles
It may be wrong...

Loni
But you will know...

Frollo
Knowing that you're...

Gargoyles
How you would fare...

Frollo
Always
In here...

Gargoyles
Out there...

Quasimodo
Safe behind these windows
And these parapets of stone
Gazing at the people down below me
All my life I watch them
As I hide up here alone
Hungry for the histories they show me
All my life, I memorize their faces
Knowing them as they will never know me
All my life, I wonder
How it feels to pass a day
Not above them
But part of them

And out there
Living in the sun
Give me one day out there
All I ask is one
To hold forever
Out there
Where they all live unaware
What I'd give
What I'd dare
Just to live one day out there

Out there among the millers
And the weavers and their wives
Through the roofs and gables I can see them
Ev'ry day they shout and scold
And go about their lives
Heedless of the gift it is to be them
If I was in their skin
I'd treasure ev'ry instant

Out there
Strolling by the Seine
Taste a morning!
Out there
Like ordinary men
Who freely walk about there
Just one day and then
I swear, I'll be content
With my share
Won't resent, won't despair
Old and bent, I won't care
I'll have spent one day
Out there!

Trivia

  • This song holds many similarities to "Love is an Open Door" from Frozen.
    • Both are duets between the protagonist and the antagonist of the film.
    • Both are sung atop large buildings in kingdoms (Notre Dame and Arendelle Castle).
    • Just as Quasimodo was openly singing about how he wanted to be in his own world, Hans was subliminally singing about how he wanted to rule his own world.
  • This song is also similar to "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid, as they're both about the protagonists' struggle with living in their own little purgatory and wanting to explore the outer world.
  • At one point during the song, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, the Magic Carpet from Aladdin, and Pumbaa from The Lion King can be seen in the village.
  • The Spanish group Ketama made a version of this song deleting Frollo's part. 
  • The first half of the song shares similarites to Mother Knows Best and Stay With Me.

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Media
Films: The Hunchback of Notre Dame | The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
Television: House of Mouse
Video games: The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Topsy Turvy | Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Big Golden Book | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading

Characters:
Original: Quasimodo | Esmeralda | Claude Frollo | Phoebus | Victor, Hugo, and Laverne | Clopin | Archdeacon | Achilles | Djali | Quasimodo's mother | Quasimodo's father | Old Prisoner | Snowball | Brutish and Oafish Guard | Frollo's soldiers
Sequel: Madellaine | Zephyr | Sarousch

Locations: Paris | Notre Dame de Paris | Palace of Justice | Court of Miracles

Songs and score:
Original: The Bells of Notre Dame | Out There | Topsy Turvy | Humiliation | God Help the Outcasts | The Bell Tower | Heaven's Light | Hellfire | Paris Burning | A Guy Like You | The Court of Miracles | Sanctuary | And He Shall Smite the Wicked | Into the Sunlight | The Bells of Notre Dame (Reprise) | Someday
Sequel: Le Jour D'Amour | An Ordinary Miracle | I'd Stick With You | Fa la la la Fallen In Love | I'm Gonna Love You | Balancing Act | Rest And Recreation | Top of the World | Esmeralda | City Under Siege | Out of Love | Out Of Love (Reprise) | Dance of the Gypsies | Made of Stone | Grand Finale
Deleted Songs: In a Place of Miracles | As Long As There's a Moon

Other: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (musical) | Disney Sing Along Songs: Topsy Turvy | The Making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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