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Esmeralda and Quasimodo during Hoch über der Welt in Der Glöckner von Notre Dame

"Top of the World" is a song in the stage musical version of " The Hunchback of Notre Dame". It takes place when Esmeralda and Quasimodo are a top of Notre Dame and it’s sung by Esmeralda and the gargoyles. Esmeralda thinks that Paris is better when viewed from above and the gargoyles encourage Quasimodo to put the moves on her. His move constitutes asking to sit next to her, which she agrees to and in the gargoyle tradition of jumping to conclusions they start planning the wedding. This song acts as a bonding song between the two.

Lyrics

Laverne: Quasimodo, don't be so shy.


Hugo: She's waiting for you


Victor: Think of something to say


Laverne: Think of something to do


Hugo: I know...


Gargoyles: Show her the view!


Quasimodo: See... view?


Esmeralda: I bet the king himself doesn't have a view like this. From up here, it's hard to imagine that bad
things could ever happen in such a beautiful place.

Gazing down from the top of the world

Suddenly seeing a different city

Quaint and pretty and friendly and fair

Seen from the top of the world

When my outlook is a glum one

And I need a kinder point of view

Look how quick it can become one

With someone

Like you, to

Show me life from the top of the world

Nothing needs righting and no one needs pity

Thanks for bringing me into the air

And giving me Paris unfurled

Here at the top of the world


Hugo: Why are you standing like a statue made of stone?


Laverne: Quasimodo...


Gargoyles: Say something!


Victor: You're with a girl


Hugo: (And what a girl!)


Laverne: And you're alone


Gargoyles: At the top of the world!


Laverne: She looked at you


Hugo: Right at you!


Victor: And she didn't scream...


Laverne: ... or faint ...


Hugo: ... or lose her feed


Gargoyles: What more proof that

She likes you

Could anyone possibly need?


Laverne: She wants you!


Hugo / Laverne: What are you waiting for?


Victor: Don't waste this precious chance


Gargoyles: Quasimodo, do something!


Victor: The master's gone...


Laverne: And here's a girl made for romance...


Hugo: Ev'ry curve so well curled


Gargoyles: At the top of the world


Quasimodo: Esmeralda, I... Esmeralda...


Esmeralda: That's alright. We don't have to talk.


(Repeat song, with ESMERALDA and GARGOYLES singing simultaneously)


Laverne: Say something romantic


Hugo: That's funny and fitting


Victor: It's making us frantic


Laverne: The seconds are flitting


Victor: See how the clock can tick


Hugo: She may take up knitting


Laverne: Please take our advice here


Laverne / Victor: You have to entice here


Gargoyles: We don't mind admitting

We want to throw rice here...

Quasimodo: Es... Es...


Gargoyles: Oh well, I guess silence

Will have to suffice here


Quasimodo: Esmeralda...


Esmeralda: Yes?


Quasimodo: It's nice here

The two of us sitting


Esmeralda: The two of us sitting


Gargoyles: The two of you sitting


All: On top of the world!

Quasimodo: Can see everything from up here. City gates. River Seine.

Esmeralda: Yes. It sparkles in the light. I'm glad I can get to...to see things down there.

Gazing down from the top of the world
Suddenly seeing a different city
Things look tiny and friendly and fair
Seen from the top of the world
When you look from high above
Everything seems pretty
Seeing life from the top of the world
Nothing needs fighting and no one needs pity
Thanks for giving this moment to me
When just for a moment things stop
Here at the top of the world

Statues & Gargoyles: For all these years
You've stayed alone
And free from danger
We shared your fears
It wasn't safe to trust a stranger
But maybe we were wrong here
Could she belong here?
This girl appears
And she is kind
And we're admitting
We'd give three cheers
To see you both forever sitting
Look at you sitting
On top of the world...

Esmeralda: Seeing life from the top of the world
Nothing needs fighting and no one needs pity
Thanks for giving this moment to me
When just for a moment things stop
Here at the top of the world

Statues & Gargoyles: This girl appears
And she is kind
And we're admitting
We'd give three cheers
To see you both forever sitting
Look at you sitting
On top of the world...

Esmeralda & Statues & Gargoyles: Here at top of the world

Statues & Gargoyles: Quasimodo, say something
Take our advice
Be brave and say something
Please don't think twice
Quasimodo, say some-

Quasimodo: Esmeralda...

Esmeralda: Yes?

Quasimodo: I...I...It's nice
The two of us sitting...

Esmeralda: The two of us sitting...

Statues & Gargoyles: The two of you sitting...

All: Sitting on top of the world!


v - e - d
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Media

Films: The Hunchback of Notre Dame | The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
Television: House of Mouse | Esmeralda
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

Disney Parks

Animazment - The Musical | Clopin's Festival of Foods | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Fantasmic! | One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On! | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise | The Golden Mickeys | The Hunchback of Notre Dame: A Musical Adventure | The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Festival of Fools | The Hunchback of Notre Dame Topsy Turvy Cavalcade | World of Color

Characters

Original: Quasimodo | Esmerelda | 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

Songs

Original: The Bells of Notre Dame (Reprise) | 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 | 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
Musical: Balancing Act | Rest and Recreation | Rhythm of the Tambourine | Top of the World | Esmeralda | City Under Siege | 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 | Someday

Locations

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

Other

Musical | Disney Sing Along Songs: Topsy Turvy | The Making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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