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WhyMe
"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?).

Lyrics

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…

…Inconsequential!

But here's the rub!

Rub-a-dub-dub!

(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!

THERE'S NOTHING THERE!


(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,

YOU'RE GOING ON A ONE-WAY TRIP…

Iago: (speaking) Bye-bye!

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

But two!

Too-loo!

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

WhyMe-Broadway

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,

Inconsequential!

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!

Trivia

  • 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.
  • An instrumental piece of this song was briefly used at the beginning of the film's theatrical trailer.

Video

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Media
Films: AladdinThe Return of JafarAladdin and the King of ThievesDisney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your DreamsDescendantsVideoAladdin (2019 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 χ/Union 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 CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney'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 PartyHappy 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 GenieScourge of the DesertAmin 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