Scuttle Strut

Scuttle does his thing in this song written for the Songs from the Sea album as he tries to explain the strange ways of humans to Ariel in the way that only he can. Many thanks to Daniel for sharing these lyrics.

(printable version)

Scuttle:
Mermaid, ahoy! Hiya Ariel... Say, whatcha doing up here on the surface?

Ariel:
Scuttle, I want to write a letter... To a little girl. She wants to know about mermaids. Could you help me?

Scuttle:
You betcha, sweetie! Ol' Scuttle knows everything about writing letters.

Humans are my specialty
With all their fancy stuff
You want to write a letter?
Hey, that's not so tough
First, you need a tapplehooper
That's what they use to write
A ballpoint tapplehooper
Would really be outta sight

Ariel:
Are you sure they write with... tapplehoopers?

Scuttle:
Absolutely!

Ariel:
Oh, Scuttle.

Scuttle:
It's hard to be humble
When you know everything
I may have an ego
But it's under my wing

Everyone wants answers
No ifs, ands, or buts
So I show off politely
That's the Scuttle Strut

Strut!
Do the Scuttle Strut!
Strut!

This letter-writing stuff is a cinch! Humans do it all the time. Now here's whatcha gotta do...

You start out, "Very truly yours"
And end it with, "Dear friend"
And it between, you say things like
"How large the weather's been"
Then you stuff it in a bottle
A special one that floats
Humans only use them
For their most important notes

Ariel:
Like this bottle? The one I found with the letter inside!

Scuttle:
Sure! Why, you could mail anything in that!

It's hard to be humble
When you know everything
I may have an ego
But it's under my wing

Everyone wants answers
Who, why, where and what
So I show off politely
That's the Scuttle Strut

Strut!
Do the Scuttle Strut!
Strut!

Strut!
Do the Scuttle Strut!
Strut!

It's hard to be humble
When you know everything
I may have an ego
But it's under my wing

Everyone wants answers
No ifs, ands, or buts
So I show off politely (Strut...)
That's the Scuttle Strut

Strut!
Do the Scuttle Strut
Strut!

Now you better hurry home, sweetie. You know what your father would say if he finds you on the surface again.

Ariel:
Thanks, Scuttle!


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