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Topsy Turvy
Topsy Turvy
Originally performed by
Composer Alan Menken
Lyrics Stephen Schwartz
Performer(s) Clopin (Paul Kandel)
Films The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Shows
Attractions
Video games
Albums The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Original Soundtrack)
Preceded by Out There
Followed by Humiliation
Video

"Topsy Turvy" is a song featured in Disney's 1996 film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The choral introduction of "Come one, come all" is reminiscent of the Main Theme of "The Bells of Notre Dame" as the opening of the scene is displayed with beautiful views of the Cathedral. The main theme, Topsy Turvy, is a vivacious, light and energetic movement that features comedic lyrics that interplay between Clopin and the Chorus. Upon the realization that Quasimodo is actually that disfigured, the theme from the introduction of "Out There" is developed upon as Frollo sees him and becomes livid at his insubordination.

Plot

It's the Festival of Fools, and the bouncy number is led by Clopin, the host of the event. After describing the events on Topsy-Turvy Day, there is a lengthy dance by Esmeralda, setting up the bulk of the movie's plot as Frollo, Phoebus, and Quasimodo all become enamored with her at the same time. At the end of the song, Quasimodo is crowned the King of Fools, and received warmly, before things take a sharp turn for the worst.

Lyrics

Chorus: Come one, come all

Leave your looms and milking stools,
coop the hens and pen the mules

Come one, come all

Close the churches and the schools
it's the day for breaking rules

Come and join the Feast of...
Clopin: ...Fools!

Once a year, we throw a party here in town

Once a year, we turn all Paris upside down

Every man's a king and every king's a clown

once again it's Topsy Turvy Day

It's the day the devil in us gets released

It's the day we mock the prig and shock the priest

Everything is topsy turvy at the Feast
Of Fools

Chorus: Topsy Turvy

Clopin: Everything is upsy-daisy

Chorus: Topsy Turvy

Clopin: Everyone is acting crazy

Dross is gold and weeds are a bouquet

That's the way on Topsy Turvy Day

(instrumental break)

Chorus:Topsy Turvy

Clopin: Beat the drums and blow the trumpets

Chorus:Topsy Turvy

Clopin and Chorus: Join the bums and thieves and strumpets
 
Streaming in from Chartres to Calais

Clopin: Scurvy knaves are extra scurvy
 
On the sixth of "Januervy"
 
Clopin and Chorus: All because it's Topsy Turvy
Day

Clopin: Come one, come all

Hurry, hurry; here's your chance

See the mystery and romance

Come one, come all

See the finest girl in France
 
Make an entrance to entrance

Dance la Esmeralda...
Dance!

(instrumental)

Here it is, the moment you've been waiting for

Here it is, you know exactly what's in store

Now's the time we laugh until our sides get sore

Now's the time we crown the King of Fools!

So make a face that's horrible and frightening

Make a face as gruesome as a gargoyle's wing

Hugo: (spoken) Hey!

Clopin: For the face that's ugliest will be the King
Of Fools. Why?

Chorus: Topsy Turvy

Clopin: Ugly folks, forget your shyness

Chorus: Topsy Turvy

Clopin: You could soon be called "Your Highness"

Chorus: Put the foulest features on display

Be the king of Topsy Turvy Day

(instrumental)

Clopin: Ev-er-y-bo-dy!

Chorus: Once a year we throw a party, here in town

Clopin: Salutin' to the king!

Chorus: Once a year we turn all Paris upside down
Clopin: Ha ha! Oh, what a king
 
Chorus: Once a year the ugliest will wear a crown
Clopin: Girls, give a kiss

Chorus: Once a year on Topsy Turvy Day
Clopin: We've never had a king like this

Clopin and Chorus: And it's the day we do the things that we deplore

On the other 364

Once a year
We love to drop in,
Where the cheer
Is never stoppin'

For the chance to pop some popinjay

And pick a king who'll put the top in
Top...sy... Tur...vy...
Topsy Turvy
Mad and crazy
Upsy-daisy
Topsy Turvy
Day!

Musical Lyrics

MAN
Hurry, hurry
Spill the fish on to the dock

WOMEN
Raise the maypole
Up at the chapel of Braque

OTHERS
Hurry, hurry
Gather the choirs and
Light the bonfires and
Sit on the roofs

ALL
Hurry, hurry
It's nearly twelve of the clock
Come one, come all
Leave your looms and milking stools
Coop the hens and pen the mules
Come one, come all
Close the churches and the schools
It's the day for breaking rules
Come and join the feast of...

CLOPIN
Fools!
Once a year, we throw a party here in town
Once a year, we turn all Paris upside-down
Ev'ry man's a king and ev'ry king's a clown
Once again it's topsy turvy day
It's the day the devil in us gets released
It's the day we mock the prig and shock the priest
Ev'rything is topsy turvy at the feast of fools

CROWD
Topsy turvy!

CLOPIN
Beat the drums and blow the trumpets!

CROWD
Topsy turvy!

CLOPIN / CROWD
Join the bums and thieves and strumpets
streaming in from Chartres to Calais

CLOPIN
Scurvy knaves are extra scurvy
On the sixth on Janu-urvy

CLOPIN / PEOPLE
All because it's topsy turvy day!

QUASIMODO
Out there with all the colors
And the noises and the smells,
Brighter, louder than my dreams provide me
And tomorrow, when I’m back there
Watching from the bells
I will always have this day inside me

CROWD
Topsy turvy!

CLOPIN / PEOPLE
Come one, come all

CLOPIN
Hurry, hurry, here's your chance
See the mystery and romance

CLOPIN / PEOPLE
Come one, come all

CLOPIN
See the finest girl in France
Make an entrance to entrance
Dance la Esmeralda...
Dance!

FROLLO
Look at that disgusting display.

PHOEBUS
Yes, sir!

ESMERALDA
Sorry. Wonderful mask!

CLOPIN
And now, ladies and gentlemen, the piece de resistance!
Here it is, the moment you've been waiting for
Here is is, you know exactly what's in store
Now's the time we laugh until our sides get sore
Now's the time we crown the king of fools!
You all remember last year's king...
So make a face that's horrible and frightening
Make a face that's gruesome as a gargoyle's wing
For the face that's ugliest will be the king of fools
Why?

CROWD
Topsy turvy!

CLOPIN
Ugly folks, forget your shyness

CROWD
Topsy turvy!

CLOPIN
You could soon be called "your highness"

CROWD
Put your foulest features on display
Be the king of topsy turvy day

ESMERALDA
Hey, you're going to join in the competition, right? Come on, you didn't go to all the trouble of making that great mask for nothing! You get 5 sous if you win!

CROWD
Topsy turvy!
Topsy turvy!
Topsy turvy!

CLOPIN
Ladies and gentlemen, we asked for the ugliest face in Paris, and here he is!
Ev'rybody!

CROWD
Once a year we throw a party here in town

CLOPIN
Salutin' to the king!

CROWD
Once a year we turn all Paris upside-down

CLOPIN
Oh what a king!

CROWD
Once a year the ugliest will wear the crown

CLOPIN
Girls, give a kiss!

CROWD
Once a year on topsy turvy day

CLOPIN
We've never had a king like this!

CLOPIN / CROWD
It's the day we do the things that we deplore
On the other three hundred and sixty-four
Once a year we love to drop in
Where the beer is never stoppin'
For the chance to pop some popinjay
And pick a king who'll put the "top" in
Topsy turvy day!
Topsy turvy!
Mad and crazy, upsy-daisy
Topsy turvy day
Hey!

Trivia

  • The lyrics "It's the day the devil in us gets released, It's the day we mock the pig and shock the priest" were changed to "Good is bad and best is worst and west is east, On the day we think the most of those with least" in some merchandises due to mature themes.
  • Clopin may have realized that the hooded figure was Quasimodo and intentionally followed him to introduce him to the public in order to get rid of his shyness and possibly to even become friends.
  • At one point, a "horse with two rear ends" costume can be seen during the song. This is a possible reference to an insult Aladdin gave Prince Achmed and his horse after Achmed humiliated him in front of a crowd.
  • The Sing-Along Songs version of the song noticeably removed Esmeralda's pole dance due to its mature content.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Poster Promo
Media: The Hunchback of Notre Dame | The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Original Soundtrack) | The Hunchback of Notre Dame (musical) | The Hunchback of Notre Dame II | House of Mouse | Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

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

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

Songs: The Bells of Notre Dame | 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 | 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: Disney Sing Along Songs: Topsy Turvy

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