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"Part of Your World" is a song written and composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman for The Little Mermaid, which later become Ariel's theme song. It is also featured in the Broadway musical adaptation of the film and Kingdom Hearts II.

The song was included on the tape, Disney Sing Along Songs: Circle of Life. It is sung by Ariel, the title character, while in her hidden cavern which holds all of her treasures, most of which are human objects. It reveals how she longs to be human and live among their culture, and how she's tired of being a mermaid living under the sea.

In the second movie, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, it is sung at the end by country singer Chely Wright.

For Kingdom Hearts II, it was sung by Ariel twice. The first time was when she rescued Eric, and the second was in a minigame. It was also sung by Ursula, disguised as Vanessa, when she hypnotized Eric.  


Originally, the song was going to have more specific lyrics on the objects in Ariel's grotto, but then it was deigned that since Scuttle was her provider of information, she wouldn't really know the names of these objects.

Look at this stuff. Isn't it neat?
Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl,
the girl who has everything?

Look at this trove, treasures untold
How many wonders can one cavern hold?
Looking around here, you'd think
Sure, she's got everything

I've got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty
I've got whozits and whatzits galore
You want thing-a-mabobs? I've got twenty
But who cares? No big deal. I want more!

I wanna be where the people are
I wanna see, wanna see 'em dancin'
Walkin' around on those...
What do you call 'em? Oh, feet

Flippin' your fins you don't get too far
Legs are required for jumpin', dancin'
Strolling along down the...
What's that word again? Street

Up where they walk
Up where they run
Up where they stay all day in the sun
Wanderin' free,
wish I could be
part of that world

What would I give
if I could live
outta these waters?
What would I pay
to spend a day
warm on the sand?

Betcha on land
they understand
Bet they don't reprimand their daughters
Bright young women,
sick of swimmin'
Ready to stand

And I'm ready to know what the people know
Ask 'em my questions and get some answers
What's a fire and why does it...
What's the word? Burn?

When's it my turn?
Wouldn't I love,
love to explore that shore up above?
Out of the sea,
wish I could be
part of that world

Look at this stuff. Isn't it neat?
Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl,
the girl who has everything?

Look at this trove, treasures untold
Copper and bronze and fine leather and gold
Paper and china and books
Look, feathers and everything

I should start an aquatic museum
I've got gadgets and whatzits galore
All these fish'd pay money to see 'em
But who cares? No big deal. I want more!

I wanna be where the people are
I wanna see, wanna see 'em dancin'
Walkin' around on those...
What do you call 'em? Oh, feet

Flippin' your fins you don't get too far
Legs are required for jumpin', dancin'
Strolling along down the...
What's that word again? Street

Up where they walk
Up where they run
Up where they stay all day in the sun
Where they breathe free
Wish I could be
part of that world

Other Appearances

Kingdom Hearts II

The song appears as a part of Sebastian's Musical minigame in Atlantica and is performed by Ariel. It's story-related use alludes to her discovery of Prince Eric's statue and wish to set foot on the land, similarly to how it's used in the film.

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Part of Your World (Japanese)
Part of Your World (Japanese) KHII
Part of Your World (English)
Part of Your World (English) KHII

Other Versions

Performer(s) Title(s) Translations(s) Language
رولا زكي (Rula Zaki) ? ? Arabic
Caroline Vasicek "In deiner Welt" "In your world" Austrian German
Gabriela Ferreira (1989 version)
Kiara Sasso (1997 version)
"Parte de Seu Mundo" "Part of Your World" Brazilian Portuguese
Весела Бонева (Vesela Boneva) "Част от Този Свят" / "Част от Твоя Свят"
(Chast ot Tozi Svyat / Chast ot Tvoya Svyat)
"Part of That World" / "Part of Your World" Bulgarian
Dominique Faure "Parmi ces gens" "Among those people" Canadian French
鄺美雲 (Cally Kwong) "與你一起" "Being With You" Cantonese
María Caneda "Parte de tu Mundo" "Part of your World" Castilian Spanish
Renata Sabljak "Tvoj svijet" ? Croatian
Jana Mařasová "Tam toužím žít" ? Czech
Sissel Kyrkjebø "Leve som dem" / "Leve med dig" "Live like them" / "Live with you" Danish
Laura Vlasblom "Dat is mijn wens" "That is my wish" Dutch
Johanna Nurmimaa (1990 version)
Nina Tapio (1998 verison)
? ? Finnish
Claire Guyot (1990 version)
Marie Galey (1998 version)
"Partir là-bas" "To go up there" French
Ute Lemper (1990 version)
Naomi Van Dooren (1998 version)
"Arielle's Traum" / "In deiner Welt" "Ariel's Dream" / "In your world" German
Κρίστη Στασινοπούλου (Kristi Stasinopoulou) (1991 version)
Άννα Ρόσση (Anna Rossi) (1998 version)
? ? Greek
שלומית אהרון (Shlomit Aharon) ? ? Hebrew
? ? ? Hindi
Marika Oszvald "Vár rám a Föld" / "Miénk a Föld" ? Hungarian
Valgerður Guðnadóttir "Allt annað líf" ? Icelandic
Beatrix Renita Purwiastanti ? ? Indonesian
Simona Patitucci "La sirenetta" "The little mermaid" Italian
すずきまゆみ (Mayumi Suzuki) "パート・オブ・ユア・ワールド"

(Pāto obu Yua Wārudo)

"Part of Your World" Japanese
손영진 (Yeong-Jin Son) ? ? Korean
Isela Sotelo "Parte de Él" "Part of It" Latin American Spanish
? "Ku Impikan Duniamu" "I Dream of Your World" Malay
刘小芸 (Liu Xiao-Yun) ? ? Mandarin
Sissel Kyrkjebø "Det er min drøm" "It is my dream" Norwegian
مرجانه فشنگچی (Marjane Feshangchi) Persian
Beata Jankowska "Naprawdę chcę" "I really want" Polish
Anabela Pires "Fora do Mar" "Out of the Sea" Portuguese
李潇潇 (Eva Li) Putonghua
Maria Răducanu "Din lumea ta" ? Romanian
Светлана Светикова (Svetlana Svetikova) ? ? Russian
Zuzana Šťastná ? ? Slovak
Sissel Kyrkjebø "Hela min värld" / "Del av din värld" "My whole world" / "Part of Your World" Swedish
? ? ? Tamil
มาริสา สุโกศล (Marisa Sukosol) (1991 version)
จันทร์จิรา นิ่มพิทักษ์พงศ์ (Chanjira Nimpitakpong) (1998 version)
? ? Thai
Şebnem Ferah ? ? Turkish


  • Jodi Benson sang the song in the dark to get that "under the sea" feeling.[1]
  • The song was nearly cut because Jeffrey Katzenberg felt that it was "boring", as well as being too far over the heads of the children for whom it was intended.[2] It was only through the insistence of Howard Ashman and Glen Keane that it was included in the movie.
  • Alan Menken and Howard Ashman discovered that the song shared contextual and rhythmic similarities with another one of their songs: "Somewhere That's Green" from Little Shop of Horrors, leading them to humorously call it "Somewhere That's Dry".[3]
  • Jodi Benson sang the song when she received her Disney Legend award in 2011.
  • The song would have been sung by Melissa Fahn had she gotten the role of Ariel instead of Jodi Benson.
  • Miley Cyrus, Skye Sweetnam, Ashley Tisdale and Carly Rae Jepsen have all covered the song.
  • A brief allusion to the original tale was made in the lyrics nearing the end, as Ariel says "When's it my turn? Wouldn't I love, love to explore that shore up above?" (in the original tale, mermaids were allowed to go up to the surface at age 15).
  • A parody of the song titled "Up There", was used in the film South Park:Bigger Longer Uncut.
  • The part where Ariel reaches through the hole in the roof was the final shot to be completed for the film. It took four tries to get its optical effects right.
  • A parody of the song is seen on Judy Hopps' music player playlist under the name Part of Your Wool in Zootopia



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Sequel: Melody | Tip and Dash | Morgana | Cloak and Dagger | Undertow | Hammerhead Shark | Alex | Flounder's guppies | Baby Penguin | Ursula and Morgana's mother
Prequel: Queen Athena | Marina Del Rey | Benjamin | The Catfish Club Band | Stevie | Electric Eels
TV Series: Urchin | Gabriella | Ollie | Dudley | Pearl | Pearl's mother | Manta | Little Evil | Dr. Vile | Daniel | Moray | Simon | Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp | The Sorceress | Glowfish | Ebb and Flo | Empreror Sharga and the Sharkanians | Octopid | Brain Sponge | Zeus | Spot the Killer Whale | Crab Scouts | Hans Christian Andersen | Mr. and Mrs. Clambakersfield and their babies | Lucky | Thor | Kid Squid | Augustus | Stormy the Giant Seahorse | Sorcerer Blowfish | Penny the Cat | The Magical Wishing Starfish | Apollo | Archimedes | Seaclops | Neptune
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Season One: "Whale of a Tale" | "The Great Sebastian" | "Stormy" | "Urchin" | "Double Bubble" | "Message in a Bottle" | "Charmed" | "Marriage of Inconvenience" | "The Evil Manta" | "Thingamajigger" | "Red" | "Beached" | "Trident True" | "Eel-Ectric City"
Season Two: "Resigned to It" | "Calliope Dreams" | "Save the Whale" | "Against the Tide" | "Giggles" | "Wish Upon a Starfish" | "Tail of Two Crabs" | "Metal Fish" | "T'ank You For Dat, Ariel"
Season Three: "Scuttle" | "King Crab" | "Island of Fear" | "Land of the Dinosaurs" | "Heroes" | "The Beast Within" | "Ariel's Treasures" | "A Little Evil"


Prince Eric's Statue | Trident | Ursula's Cauldron | Ursula's Necklace | Melody's locket | Queen Athena's music box | Dinglehopper | Royal Ship


Atlantica | Ariel's Secret Grotto | Ursula's Lair | Prince Eric's Castle | The Wedding Ship | Morgana's Ice Cave


Film: Fathoms Below | Daughters of King Triton | Part of Your World/(Reprise)/(Finale) | Under the Sea | Poor Unfortunate Souls/(Reprise) | Les Poissons | Kiss the Girl | Down to the Sea | For a Moment | Tip and Dash | Here on the Land and Sea | Just One Mistake | I Remember
TV Series: Just a Little Love | You Got to be You | The Edge of the Edge of the Sea | The Lobster Mobster's Mob | The Beddy Bye Blues | Sing a New Song | In Harmony | This is the Life | You Know I Know | Never Give Up | You Wouldn't Want to Mess with Me | The Sound of Laughter | Daring to Dance | Just Give Me a Chance | Just Like Me | Evil Lullaby
Musical: She's in Love | Human Stuff | Positoovity | I Want the Good Times Back | Daddy's Little Angel | Her Voice | The World Above | The Contest | If Only | Beyond My Wildest Dreams | Sweet Child | One Step Closer | All Good Things Must End
Deleted: Silence is Golden

See Also

Musical | The Disney Afternoon | Disney Sing Along Songs: Under the Sea

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Season Five: "The Dark Swan" | "The Price" | "Siege Perilous" | "The Broken Kingdom" | "Dreamcatcher" | "The Bear and the Bow" | "Nimue" | "Birth" | "The Bear King" | "Broken Heart" | "Swan Song" | "Souls of the Departed" | "Labor of Love" | "Devil's Due" | "The Brothers Jones" | "Our Decay" | "Her Handsome Hero" | "Ruby Slippers" | "Sisters" | "Firebird" | "Last Rites" | "Only You" | "An Untold Story"
Season Six: "The Savior" | "A Bitter Draught" | "The Other Shoe" | "Strange Case" | "Street Rats" | "Dark Waters" | "Heartless" | "I'll Be Your Mirror" | "Changelings" | "Wish You Were Here" | "Tougher Than The Rest"
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