Daddy's Little Angel

When it comes to the stage musical, Ursula's introductory song has gone through quite an evolution, from "Wasting Away" (in the demo recording) to "I Want the Good Times Back" (in the Broadway production and recording) to this final one, "Daddy's Little Angel".

The Broadway show ran from 2007 to 2009, but after that production closed, the creative team continued to work on the book, hoping to improve it in ways to give it new longevity elsewhere. There were quite a few changes brought on to the show in stages, and among them was the introduction of "Daddy's Little Angel" as Ursula's new song. It expands her and Triton's history a little more, and manages to be jaunty and pretty dang dark at the same time.

I have three audio samples here, but they're from the Dutch, Japanese, and Russian productions respectively, since as far as I know, there's no official English-language recording with this song. Feel free to leave a comment with further info if you have any!

Netherlands cast:

Tokyo cast:

Moscow cast:

The following lyrics were penned by Jess. (Thank you!) She's shared two versions, one she's tagged as the preview version, and one as the show version.


Preview version

Ursula (spoken): It should have been mine! All mine!

Ursula:
When I was a kid
A squirmy little squid
I was number seven born of seven little girls
Seven little pearls
Pretty as could be
Perfect to a "T"
All except for me!

Ugly as a slug
Hideous to hug
Daddy found me loathsome and disgusting I could tell
They all got adored
I just got ignored
Plus, to ease his guilt, a magic shell

Used to belong to my Papa Poseidon. Full of lethal hexes and spells, my little sea-snakes. The perfect gift for a spurned dangerously unstable child.

Most of all Daddy loved one sister
So feminine, so fresh, so fine
I would watch as he hugged and kissed her
And I hated her guts from the bottom of mine

Daddy's Little Angel
Daddy's Little Sweet
Such a little frilly femme
She was seaweed and spice and everything nice
And I dreamed and I schemed how to put her on ice

Daddy's Little Angel
How could I compete
With a girl so heaven sent?
Just a spell from the shell
And back to heaven she went

Did I feel regret?
Soon enough, you bet
Daddy started doting now on daughter number two
So what could I do?
Well what do you think?
And I didn't blink
Poisoning her drink

Daughter number three
Strange though it may be
Fell into a whirlpool and may still be swimming round
Daughter four and five
Piranhas ate alive
Sadly daughter six was never found
So tragic!

Flotsam and Jetsam:
Daddy's Little Angels
Daddy's Little Jewels
Pity what became of them

Ursula:
They were sweetness and light
And everything right

Jetsam (?):
Oh so pure!

Flotsam (?):
So demure!

Ursula:
But not especially bright

Ursula:
Daddy's Little Cupcakes
Pretty little fools
Had a little accident
Just a spell
And oh well
Back to heaven they went

Flotsam and Jetsam:
Dear little angels
Dead little angels!


Ursula:
Didn't make my father love me

Flotsam and Jetsam:
Oh!

Ursula:
But it didn't bring me down, oh no!

Flotsam and Jetsam:
No! No!

Ursula:
Too sad though when Dad caught that very rare and lethal flu

Flotsam (?):
Poor you

Jetsam (?):
Boo hoo

Ursula:
With no sisters in the line above me
I inherited the whole damn show
Was it fun?
Oh, a ton
So much fun I forgot
That my Dad
Also had
An addition tot
Yes, a son
Still age one
But I figured, so what?
‘Til that snotnose little baby grew


Flotsam and Jetsam:
He grew

Ursula:
He grew

Flotsam and Jetsam:
And grew

Ursula, Flotsam, and Jetsam:
He grew into you know who!

Ursula (Spoken): Triton! A male heir. And once he came of age he stole everything from me. Every ocean! Every lake! Every pond! Every puddle. So my dear Flotsam and Jetsam, it's time I took revenge. Revenge on what he loves most!
For now he has a child

Jetsam (?):
Sweet.

Flotsam (?):
But rather wild.

And she has him wrapped around her flimsy little fin
She will be our in!
She'll be what we use
Bait he can't refuse
There's no way we'll use!


Flotsam (?):
Daddy's Little Angel

Jetsam (?):
Daddy's Little Pet

Ursula:
Daddy's Little Priceless Gem

Jetsam (?):
So sassy!

Flotsam (?):
So smart!

Flotsam and Jetsam:
The key to his heart!

Ursula:
Ruin her
As it were
It'll rip him apart!


Ursula, Flotsam, and Jetsam:
Daddy's Little Princess, she's the one to get

Flotsam and Jetsam:
Fellas take it from a pro!

Ursula:
Oh! Just get Daddy's Little Angel
Trust me fellas, I know!


Flotsam and Jetsam:
Daddy's Little Angel!

Ursula:
Yes indeedy I know!

Flotsam and Jetsam:
Daddy's Little Angel!

Ursula:
Trust me fellas!

(Flotsam and Jetsam:
Lalala Lala Lalalalala la)

Ursula: I know!


Show version

Ursula (spoken): It should have been mine! All mine!

Ursula:
When I was a kid
A squirmy little squid
I was number seven born of seven little girls
Seven little pearls
Pretty as could be
Perfect to a "T"
All except for me!

Ugly as a slug
Hideous to hug
Daddy found me loathsome and disgusting I could tell
They all got adored
I just got ignored
Plus, to ease his guilt, a magic shell

Used to belong to my Papa Poseidon. Full of lethal hexes and spells, my little sea-snakes. The perfect gift for a spurned dangerously unstable child.

Most of all Daddy loved one sister
So feminine, so fresh, so fine
I would watch as he hugged and kissed her
And I hated her guts from the bottom of mine

Daddy's Little Angel
Daddy's Little Sweet
Such a little frilly femme
She was seaweed and spice and everything nice
And I dreamed and I schemed how to put her on ice

Daddy's Little Angel
How could I compete
With a girl so heaven sent?
Just a spell from the shell
And back to heaven she went

Next, what did I do?
Daughter number two
Flung her in a whirlpool where I left her spinning round
Daughters three and four
Washed up on the shore
Sadly five and six were never found
Didn't make my father love me


Flotsam and Jetsam:
Oh!

Ursula:
But it didn't bring me down, oh no!

Flotsam and Jetsam:
No! No!

Ursula:
It was sad though when Dad caught that very rare and lethal flu

Jetsam (?):
So true

Flotsam (?):
Poor you

Jetsam (?):
Boo hoo

Ursula:
With no sisters in the line above me
I inherited the whole damn show


Flotsam (?):
Was it fun?

Ursula:
Oh, a ton
So much fun I forgot
That my Dad
Also had
An addition tot
Yes, a son
Still age one
But I figured, so what?
‘Til that snotnose little baby grew


Flotsam and Jetsam:
He grew

Ursula:
And grew

Flotsam and Jetsam:
And grew

Ursula, Flotsam, and Jetsam:
He grew into you know who!

Ursula (Spoken): Triton! A male heir. And once he came of age he stole everything from me. Every ocean! Every lake! Every pond! Every puddle. So my dear Flotsam and Jetsam, it's time I took revenge. Revenge on what he loves most!
Ursula, Flotsam, and Jetsam:
Ariel...

Ursula:
So now he has a child

Jetsam (?):
Sweet.

Flotsam (?):
But rather wild.

And she has him wrapped around her flimsy little fin
She will be our in!
She'll be what we use
Bait he can't refuse
There's no way we'll use!


Flotsam (?):
Daddy's Little Angel

Jetsam (?):
Daddy's Little Pet

Ursula:
Daddy's Little Priceless Gem

Jetsam (?):
So sassy!

Flotsam (?):
So smart!

Flotsam and Jetsam:
The key to his heart!

Ursula:
Ruin her
As it were
It'll rip him apart!


Flotsam and Jetsam:
Yes!

Ursula, Flotsam, and Jetsam:
Daddy's Little Princess, she's the one to get

Flotsam :
Now just take it from a pro!

Ursula:
Oh, just get Daddy's Little Angel
Trust me fellas, I know!


Flotsam and Jetsam:
Daddy's Little Angel!

Ursula:
Yes indeedy I know!

Flotsam and Jetsam:
Daddy's Little Angel!

Ursula:
Trust me fellas!

(Flotsam and Jetsam:
Lalala Lala Lalalalala la)

Ursula: I know!


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