The World Above

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The World Above: Broadway Demo Version

This new song from the Broadway demo album has King Triton losing his temper. His beloved daughter has done the unthinkable and fallen in love with a human. This emotional song expresses his barely-contained rage.

(printable version)

Triton:
I can't believe my eyes
You'll disobey me, will you?
That savage brute would kill you
In the world above

Ariel:
You don't understand!

Triton:
I don't have to understand, they're all the same. Barbaric harpooning fisheaters!

Ariel:
But daddy...

Triton:
Save all your smart replies
Or you'll be grounded 'til next year
Am I clear?
Don't go near
That world above

Ariel:
I am sixteen years old, I'm not a child anymore!

Triton:
No, no! Have you lost your senses, girl? He's a human, you're a mermaid.

Sebastian:
Sire, if I could give you some advice King Crab to King.

Triton:
Yes, and you, a fine job you did of guarding my daughter.

Ariel:
Daddy!

Triton:
I am still the king here
My word is law
This filth you bring here
Is the final straw

And push, my daughter
Has come to shove
I'll make you obey
'Til you do as I say
I don't care, come what may
But I'll keep you away
From that cruel, harsh, cold, vile
World above


The World Above

In the Broadway show, "The World Above" has become Ariel's new introductory song. It's not her theme song, and comes nowhere close to the classic charm of "Part of Your World", but it quietly sets the stage for the character (unlike the movie, where we got to know her through a frantic shark chase) and how she's fascinated by the world above.

(printable version)

This is where I belong
Beneath the clear wide blue here
I feel completely new here
In the world above
It's like my life was wrong
And somehow, now, at last I'm in
My own skin
Up here in the world above

There's so much light here
Light and space
The sun's so bright here
Upon my face
It feels so right here
Warm as love
Life seems to be
Almost calling to me
From this strange new world above


This is an example of brilliantly flipping a song right on its head. The first time we hear "The World Above", it's sung by a quietly fascinated Ariel gazing at the world above in wonder and adoration; in this reprise, it's sung by an enraged King Triton in loathing of everything to do with the world above. Same subject, different point-of-view. ♥

(printable version)

Triton:
This is where you belong

Ariel:
You don't understand!

Triton:
For once, just listen, will you?
That savage brute would kill you
In the world above

Ariel:
He's not a barbarian!

Triton:
Don't try that same old song
I'll have you grounded 'til next year
Am I clear?
Don't go near
That world above

Ariel:
I'm not a child anymore!

Triton:
No? Have you lost your senses? He's a human, you're a mermaid!

Ariel:
It doesn't matter!

Triton:
I'm still the king here
My word is law
This filth you bring here
Is the final straw

And push, my daughter
Has come to shove
I'll make you obey
'Til you do as I say
I don't care, come what may
But I'll keep you away
From that cruel, harsh, cold, vile
World above


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