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"To Be Free" is a song from Disney's franchise Aladdin, written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

Synopsis

The song serves as the leitmotif for the Genie, though initially was meant to be a ballad sung by the Genie. The song however was cut, as its location, during the Oasis scene, was in between two major other songs for the Genie, Friend Like Me and Prince Ali, respectively.

Rather than have Genie sing a truthfully somber song, let alone three times almost back-to-back, the lyrics by the late Ashman were cut but the melody and abridged orchestrations remained.

Later Appearances

Though the song and concept was cut from the film, it would later find new life and be expanded in various spin-offs. The song and theme would appear in such media as Disney On Ice spectaculars, and Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, as a musical theme and song for Jasmine, the song was given new lyrics by Alan Menken.

Lyrics

Lucky bird inside a gilded cage

Golden words spoke by an ancient sage

Everything you may have in life

Still, all you hold is dust

Must I yearn forever to be free?

Free to climb a tree and ponder

Free to wander

There's no desire I hold fonder

Than to be, simply me, to be free

How ungrateful is this lucky bird

Spurning privilege for one simple word

Freedom to stretch these golden wings

Freedom to touch the sky

Why one would ask would she want to be

Free to throw away a treasure

Born with pleasure

I'd sacrifice riches beyond measure

Just a girl, with a boy

What a perfect fantasy

To find love, to feel joy

To be really free


v - e - d
Aladdin Logo
Media
Films: AladdinThe Return of JafarAladdin and the King of ThievesDisney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your DreamsDescendantsVideoAladdin (live-action film)

Television: Aladdin: The Series • "Hercules and the Arabian Night" • Great Minds Think 4 ThemselvesHouse of MouseOnce Upon a Time in WonderlandSofia the FirstA Poem Is...Once Upon a Time
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Classic StorybookComic bookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Look-Look BookGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookAladdin's QuestAbu and the Evil GenieJasmine and the Disappearing TigerA-Mazing AladdinThe Magic Carpet's SecretDon't Bug the GenieJasmine's Magic CharmJasmine's Royal WeddingAladdin: One True LoveJasmine: The Missing CoinJasmine the MatchmakerDisney Princess Beginnings
Video Games: Video gameNasira's RevengeDisney's MathQuest With AladdinDisney INFINITYDisney INFINITY: 2.0 EditionKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts codedKingdom Hearts χKingdom Hearts Unchained χDisney Enchanted Tales

Disney Parks
Arabian CoastArt of AnimationCaravan CarouselDisney Animation BuildingGarden of the Twelve FriendsIt's a Small WorldLe Passage Enchanté d'AladdinMickey's PhilharMagicSorcerers of the Magic KingdomStitch and Friends Summer SurpriseStorybook Land Canal BoatsThe Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management)The Magic Carpets of AladdinVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Entertainment: Aladdin's Great AdventureAladdin: A Musical SpectacularAnimazment - The MusicalCinderella's Surprise CelebrationDisney's BelieveDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney's Summer Oasis SplashDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicFeel the MagicGolden Fairytale FanfareMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the MagicianMickey and the Wondrous BookThe Magic Lamp TheaterVillains Tonight!
Restaurants: Aladdin's OasisSultan's Oasis
Shops: Adventureland BazaarAbu's BazaarAgrabah Marketplace
Parade: Aladdin's Royal CaravanCelebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Magical Moments ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeMickey's New Year's Eve ParadeMickey's Soundsational ParadeStitch's Summer Dance BashThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Firework: Disney Dreams!Disney in the StarsHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightWishesWorld of Color
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween PartyDisney's Not-So-Scary Halloween ShowHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeThe Villains WorldVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out!

Characters
Original Characters: AladdinGenieJasmineAbuMagic CarpetThe SultanRajahJafarIagoThe PeddlerRazoul The Royal GuardsGazeemPrince AchmedHarem GirlsFaroukTwo Hungry ChildrenSultana

Sequel Characters: Abis MalCassimSa'LukThe Oracle
TV Series Characters: SadiraMercQueen HippsodethScaraKing PectorThe MukhtarEdenSultan Pasta Al-DenteDhandiHamedPharabuPrince UncouthmaGeneral GoudaBrawnhildaBudRuntaThundraQueen KimblaBrisbaneKoala KidMachanaFasirRiders of RamondSamir the "Destroyer"SquirtCaptain Al BahtrossPrince WazooAjed Al-GebraicAmalAbnor MalMechaniclesScooterZarasto the MarauderMaraudersZorastoMozenrathXerxesKhartoumSiroccoShamanMirageHaroud Hazi BinFashoomSaleenArmandAyam AghoulEvil AladdinCaliph KapokSootinaiDaru TavelevilMalchoDominus TuskAl Muddy SultanAl MuddyAzizMinos and FatimaNefir HasenufNefir's ImpsArbutusMagmaAmuk MoonrahChaosEvil GenieAmin DamoolaNasiraFrigeedAnubisSahkata, Razili and FaridaSand MonsterSand SharkMothiasDing and OopoQueen DelucaKing ZahbarQueen Deluca's BrothersThe Great RiftMamluksKileemThe EtherealZin and ZangKutatoUnkbuutDestane
Enchanted Tales Characters: AneesaHakeemSaharaSharma
Video Game Characters: NasiraBizarrahVery Ankh-Amman
Deleted Characters: Aladdin's MotherGenie of the Ring

Episodes
Season One: Getting the Bugs OutMudder's DayFowl WeatherThe Prophet MotiveMuch Abu About SomethingMy Fair AladdinTo Cure a ThiefNever Say NefirRaiders of the Lost Shark

Season Two: "Air Feather Friends" • "Bad Mood Rising" • "Do the Rat Thing" • "The Vapor Chase" • "Garden of Evil" • "Some Enchanted Genie" • "Web of Fear" • "Plunder the Sea" • "Strike Up the Sand" • "Sneeze the Day" • "I Never Mechanism I Didn't Like" • "Forget Me Lots" • "Scare Necessities" • "SandSwitch" • "Lost and Founded" • "Moonlight Madness" • "The Flawed Couple" • "Rain of Terror" • "Dune Quixote" • "That Stinking Feeling" • "The Day the Bird Stood Still" • "Of Ice and Men" • "Opposites Detract" • "Caught by the Tale" • "Elemental, My Dear Jasmine" • "Beast or Famine" • "Smolder and Wiser" • "The Game" • "Poor Iago" • "The Spice is Right" • "The Animal Kingdom" • "Power to the Parrot" • "The Sands of Fate" • "Hero with a Thousand Feathers" • "The Citadel" • "Snowman is an Island" • "The Secret of Dagger Rock" • "In the Heat of the Fright" • "Witch Way Did She Go?" • "The Seven Faces of Genie" • "The Wind Jackals of Mozenrath" • "A Clockwork Hero" • "Mission: Imp Possible" • "Stinker Belle" • "Sea No Evil" • "Shadow of a Doubt" • "Smells Like Trouble" • "The Way We War" • "Night of the Living Mud" • "Egg-stra Protection" • "A Sultan Worth His Salt" • "Heads, You Lose" • "The Love Bug" • "When Chaos Comes Calling" • "Genie Hunt" • "Armored and Dangerous" • "The Lost Ones" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "Shark Treatment" • "Black Sand" • "Love at First Sprite" • "Vocal Hero" • "The Lost City of the Sun" • "As the Netherworld Turns" • "Seems Like Old Crimes" • "From Hippsodeth, with Love" • "Destiny on Fire" • "The Return of Malcho"
Season Three: "The Hunted" • "Riders Redux" • "The Book of Khartoum" • "While the City Snoozes" • "Two to Tangle" • "The Ethereal" • "The Shadow Knows" • "The Great Rift"

Locations
AgrabahCave of WondersCrazy Hakim's Discount FertilizerThe Sultan's PalaceThe Vanishing IsleOdiferousThe Isle of GalifemMorbiaVery Ankh-AmmanThe Land of the Black SandOld Wizard's Lab
Objects
Golden Scarab BeetleJafar's Snake StaffGenie's LampJafar's LampEden's BottleMozenrath's GauntletCrystal of IxBlue Rose of ForgetfulnessTree of RenewalThe Oracle's ScytheHand of Midas
Songs
Original: Arabian NightsOne Jump AheadFriend Like MePrince AliA Whole New World

Return of Jafar: I'm Looking Out for MeNothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend)Forget About LoveYou're Only Second Rate
King of Thieves: There's a Party Here in AgrabahOut of Thin AirWelcome to the Forty ThievesFather and SonAre You In or Out
Enchanted Tales: More Than a Peacock PrincessI've Got My Eyes on You
Deleted songs: Humiliate the BoyProud of Your BoyWhy Me?Count on MeCall Me a PrincessBabkak, Omar, Aladdin, KassimHigh AdventureMy Finest HourTo Be Free
Broadway: A Million Miles AwayThese Palace Walls

See also
MusicalFriend Like IagoThe Disney AfternoonDisney RenaissanceAs Told by Emoji

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