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"Something There" is a romantic love song featured in Beauty and the Beast. It is sung offscreen by Belle (Paige O'Hara) and the Beast (Robby Benson), accompanied by Lumière (Jerry Orbach), Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers), and Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury).

The song was composed by Alan Menken, and lyrics were provided by the late Howard Ashman. Human Again was planning to be the song here, but due to complications, it was put away and would not be used until the 1994 musical and 2002 IMAX release. This was also the last song written for the movie and one of Howard Ashman's final songs before his death.

Plot

The song is performed soon after the Beast saves Belle from the wolf attack, and their initially shady relationship begins to blossom into a friendship. Small hints of romance are beginning to be seen as well.

The lyrical content of the song strongly emphasizes upon the fact that Belle and the Beast are beginning to fall in love. The main characters are beginning to think maybe something was absent within the first few hours Belle and the Beast met, causing them to clash. But now that the "something" is here, the love is flowing in a more stable pattern. 

Lyrics

Belle:
There's something sweet
And almost kind
But he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined
But now he's dear, and so unsure
I wonder why I didn't see it there before

Beast:
She glanced this way
I thought I saw
And when we touched she didn't shudder at my paw
No it can't be, I'll just ignore
But then she's never looked at me that way before

Belle:
New and a bit alarming
Who'd have ever thought that this could be?
True that he's no Prince Charming
But there's something in him that I simply didn't see

Lumière:
Well, who'd have thought?

Mrs. Potts:
Well, bless my soul

Cogsworth:
Well, who'd have known?

Mrs. Potts:
Well, who indeed?

Lumière:
And who'd have guessed they'd come together on their own?

Mrs. Potts:
It's so peculiar.

Lumière, Mrs. Potts and Cogsworth:
We'll wait and see, a few days more
There may be something there that wasn't there before

Cogsworth:
Perhaps there's something there
That wasn't there before

Mrs. Potts:
There may be something there that wasn't there before

Trivia

  • Seemingly, Paige O'Hara, the voice of Belle, had trouble singing the "new and a bit alarming" part of the song because it was rather high for her vocal range. So Alan Menken and Howard Ashman told her to sing it like Grammy-winner Barbra Streisand, and it obviously helped.
  • The song has some similarity with another track "Belle", especially the "New and a bit alarming" part with "Oh, isn't this amazing?"
  • Scenes from the song (particularly the snowball fight and their being in front of the fireplace) were used for the endings of Issues 3 and and 13 of the Beauty and the Beast comics line by Marvel Comics.

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Media

Films: Beauty and the Beast | The Enchanted Christmas | Belle's Magical World | Beauty and the Beast (2017 film) | Video
Television: Sing Me a Story with Belle | Belle's Tales of Friendship | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | A Poem Is...
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince | The New Adventures of Beauty and the Beast | Winter Wonderland | Time Flies! | Sittin' Pretty! | Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Look-Look Book | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book
Marvel Comics: A Chance For Romance | Wardrobe's Big Surprise | The Wishful Walk | Almost Amour! | Lyrical Love Part 1 and 2 | Dove Tales Part 1 and 2 | A Masterpiece for the Master | Deck the Halls for Belle with Holly | Belle, Book and Castle | Bound to Surprise | The Dessert Disaster
Video Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game) | Belle's Quest | Roar of the Beast | A Board Game Adventure | Disney Infinity | Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts χ | Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ | Disney Enchanted Tales
Music: Beauty and the Beast (Original Soundtrack)

Disney Parks

Art of Animation | Disney Animation Building | Fairy Tale Forest | Le Pays des Contes de Fées | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Entertainment: Animazment - The Musical | A Table is Waiting | Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage | Cinderella's Surprise Celebration | Disney's Believe | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disney in the Stars | Enchanted Tales with Belle | Fantasmic! | Feel the Magic | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey and the Magician | Once Upon a Time | Royal Theatre | The Golden Mickeys | World of Color
Restaurants: Be Our Guest Restaurant | Gaston's Tavern | Maurice’s Treats Snack Cart
Shops: Bonjour! Village Gifts
Parade: Disney's Magical Moments Parade | Paint The Night Parade | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights | Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams

Characters

Original: Belle | Beast | Lumière | Cogsworth | Mrs. Potts | Chip Potts | Chip's Sibling | Chef Bouche | Villagers | Maurice | Philippe | Gaston | LeFou | Bimbettes | Sultan | Wardrobe | Fifi | Enchantress | Monsieur D'Arque | Wolves | Music Box | Gaston's buddies | Pierre | Palanquin
Enchanted Christmas: Angelique | Forte | Fife
Belle's Magical World: Webster | Crane | Le Plume | Witherspoon | Chandeleria
Deleted Characters: Clarice | Marguerite | Belle's sisters | Belle's suitors | Belle's mother
Comic and Storybook Characters: Countess de la Perle | Thunder |

Songs

Original: Prologue: Beauty and the Beast | Belle | Gaston | Be Our Guest | Something There | Human Again | Beauty and the Beast | The Mob Song
Broadway: No Matter What | Me | Home | How Long Must This Go On? | If I Can't Love Her | Maison Des Lunes | A Change in Me
Enchanted Christmas: Stories | As Long As There's Christmas | Don't Fall in Love | A Cut Above the Rest
Belle's Magical World: A Little Thought | Listen With Our Hearts

Locations

Beast's Castle | Library | Belle's Cottage | Village | Ballroom | The Black Forest | Tavern | The West Wing | Belle's Room

Objects

The Enchanted Rose | Enchanted Mirror | Maurice's Machine

See Also

Beauty and the Beast (musical) | Disney Renaissance

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