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"Why Me?" is a deleted song from Aladdin, written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. It was to be sung by Jafar when he used Genie to turn into a sultan and a sorcerer, and then takes over Agrabah. The Aladdin Jr. musical restores it, but at a different moment: in this version, he sings it when he's about to finally get the lamp. Some lyrics are slightly altered because of this (for instance, Who's the master of the lamp? becomes Who'll be master of the lamp?).


Iago: (speaking) Oooh, this has been a long time coming.

Jafar: (speaking) Oh, if only you knew, Iago. It's been a lifetime!…

(singing) In my formative and hungry years,

I was unappreciated by my peers…

As their slings and arrows flew,

I would ponder - wouldn't you? -:

"Why me? Why me?!"

Iago: (speaking) Sing it, baby!

Jafar: For a man of my charisma and mystique,

Iago: (speaking) NOT!

Jafar: I have taken far too long to reach my peak.

Why was my status never quo?

Why did no one want to know?

Poor me! Why me?!

Why was I so unable to fulfill my true potential?

Iago: (speaking) Give me a tissue, I'm crying!

Jafar: Kept down by those I knew were smaller fry…


But here's the rub!


(speaking) And now slave, grant me my first wish! I wish to be… SULTAN!

[Cut to outside Agrabah.]

Sultan: (speaking) Ladies and gentlemen, my daughter has finally chosen a suitor...Prince Ali Ababwa!

[Aladdin as Prince Ali rides Abu (still an elephant) out of the palace gates. Suddenly, the Sultan loses his clothes to Jafar.]

Jasmine: (speaking) Father?

Aladdin: (speaking) Jafar!

Jafar: (speaking) Sultan Jafar to you!

Sultan: (speaking) Uh ?… (mumble)… What manner of trickery is this, Jafar!?

Jafar: (speaking) No trickery, you rotund nincompoop !

(Singing) I am power, I am clout personified!

I've a genie and sheer malice on my side!

It's a combination which works me up to a favor pitch:

"Big G"… and ME!

Aladdin: (speaking) Genie, what are you doing!?

Genie: (speaking) Sorry kid. I've got a new master now.

Jafar: (speaking) You miserable wretches, bow to me!

Aladdin: (standing strong with his friends) We will never bow to you!

Jafar: (speaking) Then… you will cower! GENIE! My second wish... I wish--I wish to be the most powerful sorcerer… IN THE WORLD!!!! Har-har !

[Jafar becomes a sorcerer thanks to the Genie.]

Jafar: When the master of the lamp says "Bow"… you bow!

You forget who wears the pants around here now?

A man who knows just what to do, and who to do it to!

Who's he? M-E!

Iago: (cheering) Yes!

Jafar: And as for you, you little twerp, from now on, it's "as you were" time!

Let's have your pretty princess see how she's been wasting her time!

Let's strip him bare!


(speaking after changing "Ali" back to Aladdin) Take a good look at your precious Prince Ali!

Iago: (speaking) Or should we say, Aladdin!

Jafar: (speaking) He's nothing more than a worthless, lying street rat!

Jasmine: (speaking) Ali!

Aladdin: (speaking) Jasmine, I'm sorry.

Jafar: Though I hate to break a partnership,


Iago: (speaking) Bye-bye!

Jafar: …to a corner of the sphere…, not a million miles from here,

But two!


Who's the titan!? Who's the champ?!

Who's the master of the lamp?!

Who's the one who'll take up pages in who's who?!

Iago: (cheering) Take it on home, Jafar!

Jafar: Who?!

…Why, MEEE!

[Jafar blasts Aladdin away and laughs evilly over his triumph.]

Broadway version


Jafar: (speaking) Soon I'll have complete and unmiphgated power. And I might add... It's about time!

(singing) In my formative and hungry years,

I was unappreciated by my peers.

As their slings and arrows flew,

I would ponder - wouldn't you?

Why me? Why me?!

For a man of my charisma and mystique,

I have taken far too long to reach my peak.

Why was my status never quo?

Why did no one want to know?

Poor me! Why me?!

Why was I so unable to fulfill my true potential?

Iago: Potential.

Jafar: Kept down by those I knew were smaller fry,


Iago: Incose-

Jafar: But here's the rub!

Both: Rub-a-dub-dub!

Iago: (speaking) The cauldron! It's working boss!

Jafar: (speaking) And not a moment too soon.

(Singing) I'll be power, I'll be clout personified,

With a genie and sheer malice on my side!

Iago: It's a combination which, works you up to a favor pitch!

Big "G,"

Jafar: And me!

When the master of the lamp says, "Bow," they'll bow!

Iago: You'll be the man to whom they all cow town!

Jafar: A man who knows just what to do, and who to do it to.

Iago: Who's he?

Jafar: M-E! 

Both: And princess dear, your time is up. Save your tears! </span>

Jafar: Don't bother praying.

The time is up for daddy too,

Both: You lose! but thanks for playing.

Iago: Your only prize, 

Jafar: Somebody dies!

Soon I'll have that precious diamond in the rough! 

Iago: Rough!

Jafar: And the blessed day can't come soon enough!

Iago: Enough!

Jafar: And once the kingdom starts to play, can we simply smile and say, teehee?

Iago: Mei oui!

Both: Who'll be titan?!

Who'll be champ?!

Who'll be master of the lamp?!

Jafar: Who's the one who'll take up pages in who's who?!

Iago: (cheering) Take it on home, Jafar!

Iago: Who?!

Jafar: Why MEEE!

Iago: Why ME!  Why ME!  Why ME!


  • The instrumental at the beginning of the song is similar to another deleted musical number from Jafar, Humiliate the Boy, the last song written by Menken and the late Howard Ashman.


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Television: Aladdin: The Series | "Hercules and the Arabian Night" | Great Minds Think 4 Themselves | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland | Sofia the First | A Poem Is... | Once Upon a Time
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Books: Classic Storybook | Comic book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Look-Look Book | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Jasmine's Royal Wedding
Video Games: Video game | Nasira's Revenge | Disney's MathQuest With Aladdin | Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts coded | Kingdom Hearts χ | Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

Disney Parks

Arabian Coast | Art of Animation | Caravan Carousel | Disney Animation Building | Garden of the Twelve Friends | It's a Small World | Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise | Storybook Land Canal Boats | The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) | The Magic Carpets of Aladdin | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Entertainment: Aladdin's Great Adventure | Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular | Animazment - The Musical | Cinderella's Surprise Celebration | Disney's Believe | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney's Summer Oasis Splash | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disney in the Stars | Fantasmic! | Feel the Magic | Golden Fairytale Fanfare | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey and the Magician | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | The Magic Lamp Theater | Villains Tonight! | Wishes | World of Color
Restaurants: Aladdin's Oasis | Sultan's Oasis
Shops: Adventureland Bazaar | Abu's Bazaar | Agrabah Marketplace
Parade: Aladdin's Royal Caravan | Disney's Magical Moments Parade | Disney's Stars 'n' Cars... As Never Seen Before | Happiness is Here Parade | Mickey's Soundsational Parade | Stitch's Summer Dance Bash | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween Party | Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween Show | Happy Hallowishes | Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular | It's Good To Be Bad With The Disney Villains | Re-Villains! Halloween Parade | The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime | The Villains World | Villains Mix and Mingle | Villains Night Out!


Original Characters: Aladdin | Genie | Jasmine | Abu | Magic Carpet | The Sultan | Rajah | Jafar | Iago | The Peddler | Razoul | The Royal Guards | Gazeem | Prince Achmed | Harem Girls | Farouk | Two Hungry Children | Sultana
Sequel Characters: Abis Mal | Cassim | Sa'Luk | The Oracle
TV Series Characters: Sadira | Merc | Queen Hippsodeth | Scara | King Pector | The Mukhtar | Eden | Sultan Pasta Al-Dente | Dhandi | Hamed | Pharabu | Prince Uncouthma | General Gouda | Brawnhilda | Bud | Runta | Thundra | Queen Kimbla | Brisbane | Koala Kid | Machana | Fasir | Riders of Ramond | Samir the "Destroyer" | Squirt | Captain Al Bahtross | Prince Wazoo | Ajed Al-Gebraic | Amal | Abnor Mal | Mechanicles | Scooter | Zarasto the Marauder | Marauders | Zorasto | Mozenrath | Xerxes | Khartoum | Sirocco | Shaman | Mirage | Haroud Hazi Bin | Fashoom | Saleen | Armand | Ayam Aghoul | Evil Aladdin | Caliph Kapok | Sootinai | Daru Tavelevil | Malcho | Dominus Tusk | Al Muddy Sultan | Al Muddy | Aziz | Minos and Fatima | Nefir Hasenuf | Nefir's Imps | Arbutus | Magma | Amuk Moonrah | Chaos | Evil Genie | Amin Damoola | Nasira | Frigeed | Anubis | Sahkata, Razili and Farida | Sand Monster | Sand Shark | Mothias | Ding and Oopo | Queen Deluca | King Zahbar | Queen Deluca's Brothers | The Great Rift | Mamluks | Kileem | The Ethereal | Zin and Zang | Kutato | Unkbuut | Destane
Enchanted Tales Characters: Aneesa | Hakeem | Sahara | Sharma
Video Game Characters: Nasira | Bizarrah | Very Ankh-Amman
Deleted Characters: Aladdin's Mother | Genie of the Ring


Season One: Getting the Bugs Out | Mudder's Day | Fowl Weather | The Prophet Motive | Much Abu About Something | My Fair Aladdin | To Cure a Thief | Never Say Nefir | Raiders 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"


Agrabah | Cave of Wonders | |Crazy Hakim's Discount Fertilizer | The Sultan's Palace | The Vanishing Isle | Odiferous | The Isle of Galifem | Morbia | Very Ankh-Amman | The Land of the Black Sand | Old Wizard's Lab


Golden Scarab Beetle | Jafar's Snake Staff | Genie's Lamp | Jafar's Lamp | Eden's Bottle | Mozenrath's Gauntlet | Crystal of Ix | Blue Rose of Forgetfulness | Tree of Renewal | The Oracle's Scythe | Hand of Midas


Original: Arabian Nights | One Jump Ahead | Friend Like Me | Prince Ali | A Whole New World
Return of Jafar: I'm Looking Out for Me | Nothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend) | Forget About Love | You're Only Second Rate
King of Thieves: There's a Party Here in Agrabah | Out of Thin Air | Welcome to the Forty Thieves | Father and Son | Are You In or Out
Enchanted Tales: More Than a Peacock Princess | I've Got My Eyes on You
Deleted songs: Humiliate the Boy | Proud of Your Boy | Why Me? | Count on Me | Call Me a Princess | Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim | High Adventure | My Finest Hour | To Be Free
Broadway: A Million Miles Away | These Palace Walls

See Also

Musical | Friend Like Iago | The Disney Afternoon | Disney Renaissance | As Told by Emoji

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