Human Stuff

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Human Stuff: Demo Version

All the characters get their chance to show off their vocal prowess in the stage musical, and Scuttle is not left behind. First heard on the Broadway workshop album, this is the first of two songs written for Scuttle who, by the way, has been joined by a posse of like-minded seagulls. Together with his crew, Scuttle regales Ariel with his unique point of view on "human stuff".

Many thanks to Laura R, who put the hard work in getting these lyrics down. These are the straight lyrics, without splitting the gulls individual lines because it's quite hard to differentiate between the non-Scuttle gulls.

(printable version)

Ariel:
What is it?

Scuttle:
This? Uhh... it's a dinglehopper!

Ariel:
A what?

Scuttle:
And a perfect specimen too. You're asking the right guy. I'm a dinglehopper devotee!

Say that you wanna have a hairdo
Like the folks who live up there do
That'll flap their wings
(Flap their wings) (Right) (Squawk)

Well you'll look absolutely dandy
If you use one of these handy
Little thingamajigs
(Thingamabobs) (Jigs) (Bobs) (Squawk)

Pick up a dinglehopper just like so
Twirl it the way I'm twirling now
Give it a little yank and there ya go
You're what they call the dogs meow

Wonderful stuff (squawk)
The human stuff
If you're a buff (squawk)
Of human stuff!
And we are the authority
No need for us to bluff
Because we're great at explainating
Human stuff


Scuttle:
Okay gulls! Keep on some stuff!

Ariel:
What's this?

Scuttle:
Hmmm. That's it!

Gull:
A bandit...

Gull:
...Bulbous...

Scuttle:
Snarfblatt!

Ariel:
Snarfblatt?

Scuttle:
Yep!

Ariel:
Wow!

Scuttle:
Back when the world was prehistoral
People sat as still as coral
Flat upon their bumps
(On the rumps) (Bumps) (Squawk)

Then they would be not even thinking
Bored to death and barely blinking
Way down at the dumps
(On the dumps) (At) (On) (Squawk)

Then they invented snarfblatts just by chance
Suddenly life was la-di-dah!
Snarfblatts are what you use to make folks dance
Give it a blow and then, voila

Wonderful stuff (squawk)
The human stuff
If you're a buff (squawk)
Of human stuff

It's markable
Stupendable
Complete A-OJ
Which sounds absurd
But take my word
That's what the humans say

Wonderful stuff (squawk)
The human stuff
If you're a buff (squawk)
Of human stuff
And since it's clear
You are my dear
We'll bring you up to snuff
Because you'll see
Our specialty is human stuff

This is called an Ottoman
It's used for serving soup
Now what is soup? Don't ask, okay
It tastes like chicken, so they say (squawk)

Stick your head in here
Slurp up the soup, get every bite
And then make sure to wring it out
So you can sleep on it at night (squawk)

This is called a boa
Worn at parties as a norm
But only in the summer
Cos it's thick but not so warm

It goes with this here necklace
This antique as you can tell
It's missing several carrots
But how 'bout that smell?

Wonderful stuff
The human stuff
Can't get enough
Of human stuff
It's practical
Spectacticle
As they would say divine
We know because
We're connoisseurs
Whatever that may mean

Sensible stuff
The human stuff
None of it fluff
But human stuff
And heaven knows
Cos we're the pros
From us you'll get no guff

And when you use your Ottoman
Your necklace tied beneath your chin
Your boa wrapped around you like a muff


Ariel:
Muff?

Scuttle:
Don't ask!

With proper dinglehopper groomin'
Rest assured you'll look real human
We know cos we know
Human stuff


Scuttle's new song in the Broadway Cast Recording for when he explains the "dinglehopper" and "snarfblatt" to Ariel turns out to be surprisingly energetic thanks to Eddie Korbich (that's Scuttle), who works the comedic factor with enthusiasm and adorableness. There's some changes from the demo version, cutting down on the extra verses so the song doesn't drag too long.

I believe that in the reworked version of the musical that is still being staged internationally and in regional productions, this song has been cut out entirely.

(printable version)


Scuttle:
Wow, this is special, this very very unusual.

Ariel:
What? What is it?

Scuttle:
It's a dinglehopper!

Ariel:
A dinglehopper?

Scuttle:
Oh, these babies are fantabulous. Absolutely indispensary. When it comes to dinglehoppers, I'm a regular encyclopoodia.

Say that you wanna have a hairdo
Like the folks who live up there do
That'll flap their wings
(Flop their wings) (Flap) (Squawk)

Well you'll look absolutely dandy
If you use one of these handy
Little thingamajigs
(Thingamabobs) (Jigs) (Bobs) (Squawk)

Pick up a dinglehopper just like so
Twirl it the way I'm twirling now
Give it a little yank and there ya go
You're what they call the dog's meow

Wonderful stuff (squawk)
The human stuff
Can't get enough (squawk)
Of human stuff!
And we are the authority
No need for us to bluff
Because we're great at explainatin'
Human stuff


Ariel:
What's that?

Scuttle:
A snarfblatt!

Ariel:
Wow!

Scuttle:
Back when the world was prehistoral
People sat as still as coral
Flat upon their bumps
(On the runts) (Bunks) (Squawk)

There they would be, not even thinking
Bored to death and barely blinking
Way down at the dumps
(On the dumps) (At) (On) (Squawk)

Then they invented snarfblatts just by chance
Suddenly life was la-di-dah!
Snarfblatts are what you use to make folks dance
Give it a blow and then, voila

Wonderful stuff (Squawk)
The human stuff
If you're a buff (Squawk)
Of human stuff

It's marvable
Stupendiful
Complete A-OJ
Which sounds absurd
But take my word
That's what the humans say

Sensible stuff (squawk)
The human stuff
None of it fluff (squawk)
Not human stuff
And heaven knows
Since we're the pros
From us you'll get no guff

And once you've got your whozamajig
Your thingamawhat
A watchamagig
That's all you need to bring you up to snuff
Right up to snuff

With proper dinglehopper groomin'
Rest assured you'll look real human
We know 'cos we know
Human stuff


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