Sweet Child

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Sweet Child: Broadway Demo Version

This is the song of temptation. In the Broadway demo recording it's placed just after Triton's angry "The World Above", in which Ariel has had her heart broken. With the princess in a vulnerable state, it's the perfect time for Ursula to swoop down via her minions Flotsam and Jetsam.

(printable version)

Flotsam & Jetsam:
Oh, child...
Poor, sweet child...
Now this is a child...
With a very serious problem...
If only...
There were something we could do.

Sweet child
Poor child
Oh tragic
So misunderstood

Dear child
Sad child
Life's looking
Shall we say
Not good
No

Who will ease her woes and worries?
Who will help her get her man?
Sweet child
Perhaps the seawitch can

Ariel:
You mean, Ursula?

Flotsam:
She knows your dreams

Ariel:
But her powers are forbidden.

Jetsam:
She'll grant your prayer

Ariel:
Get away, leave me alone.

Flotsam & Jetsam:
She'll cast a charm
A tiny a spell
Why the alarm?
No one'll tell
No one'll care
It's your affair

Sweet child
Dear child
Poor child
Sad child
We'll bring you to her lair right now

Bet in a half sec
Your prince and you are reconciled
Together forever

Ariel:
Take me to her.

Flotsam & Jetsam:
Sweet child

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Sweet Child: Broadway Version

From the Broadway recording, this song and its reprise are an unexpected pleasure for me, because on paper, the idea of Flotsam and Jetsam getting their own number doesn't look like it would be memorable. I'm happy to be wrong, for in Sweet Child we get a wonderfully tricky song of empty promises and seduction as Derrick Baskin and Tyler Maynard work in perfect harmony to lure Ariel to Ursula's lair. Watch out, young mermaid, for sweetest tongue hath sharpest tooth.

(printable version)

Flotsam:
Poor child.

Jetsam:
Poor, sweet child.

Flotsam:
She has a very serious problem, hasn't she?

Jetsam:
If only...

Flotsam:
There were something...

Jetsam:
We could do.

Ariel:
Who are you two?

Flotsam:
Sweet child

Jetsam:
Poor child

Flotsam:
So tragic

Jetsam:
So misunderstood

Flotsam:
Dear child

Jetsam:
Sad child

Flotsam:
Life's looking

Jetsam:
Shall we say

Flotsam:
Not good

Jetsam:
No

Flotsam:
Who will ease her woes and worries?

Jetsam:
Who will help her get her man?

Flotsam & Jetsam:
Sweet child
Perhaps the seawitch can

Ariel:
You can't possibly mean... Aunt Ursula?

Flotsam:
She knows your dreams

Ariel:
Father says her magic is evil.

Jetsam:
She'll grant your prayer

Ariel:
Please, I have to go.

Flotsam:
She'll cast a charm

Jetsam:
A tiny a spell

Flotsam:
Why the alarm?

Jetsam:
No one'll tell

Flotsam:
No one will care

Jetsam:
It's your affair

Flotsam & Jetsam:
Sweet child

Flotsam:
Dear child

Jetsam:
Poor child

Flotsam:
Sad child

Flotsam & Jetsam:
We'll bring you to her lair right now
Bet in a half sec
Your prince and you are reconciled

Flotsam:
Together.

Jetsam:
Forever.

Ariel:
Take me to her.

Flotsam & Jetsam:
Sweet child

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Sweet Child: Reprise

While the first bit of "Sweet Child" was sung to get Ariel's hopes up and praise her dreams, this reprise very gleefully tears down those very same dreams mockingly. Again, the excellent harmony and snide delivery are quick to make this one of my favourite villain songs ever.

(printable version)

Jetsam:
Ha!

Flotsam:
She may have legs but her love affair doesn't.

Jetsam:
I didn't feel any sparks, did you?

Flotsam:
No electricity whasotever.

Jetsam:
What's the poor sweet child to do?

Flotsam:
It's such a shame

Jetsam:
It's such a crime

Flotsam:
To be so close

Jetsam:
And yet so far

Flotsam:
So overdue

Jetsam:
Yet under par

Flotsam:
And out of time

Jetsam:
It's too sublime

Flotsam & Jetsam:
Sweet child

Jetsam:
Poor child

Flotsam:
And now her second sun has set

Jetsam:
Dear child

Flotsam:
Lost child

Jetsam:
There's still some hope

Flotsam:
You wanna bet?

Jetsam:
No

Flotsam:
One more day to get her love peck

Jetsam:
One more day to snag her man

Flotsam & Jetsam:
And then the squid will hit the fan

Flotsam:
She'll be disgraced

Jetsam:
Oh, debased

Flotsam:
Reviled

Flotsam & Jetsam:
Poor child


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