Under the Sea

movie version . demo version . synth demo version . shaggy version . a*teens version
raven-symoné version . on the record version . broadway demo version . broadway version
booboo stewart version . may j. version

This is the other theme song of The Little Mermaid, a spirited dancey Caribbean number that earned the Little Mermaid soundtrack another Academy Award, and also the chance to stage one of the best live performances at said Academy Awards show. This song is Sebastian's (futile) attempt to get Ariel to forget dry land and appreciate the undersea world around her. It's catchy, it's cool, it had some amazing visuals, and it's just plain fun. Samuel E. Wright's Sebastian at his very best.

(printable version)

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things around you
What more is you lookin' for?

Under the sea, under the sea
Darling, it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devoting
Full time to floating
Under the sea

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cos they in the bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who gonna be on the plate

Oh, no!
Under the sea, under the sea
Nobody beat us, fry us and eat us in fricassee
We what the land folks loves to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea, under the sea
Under the sea, under the sea
Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here
Naturally
Even the sturgeon and the ray
They get the urge and start to play
We got the spirit, you got to hear it
Under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they sounding sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is duke of soul
The ray, he can play
The ling's on the strings
The trout rocking out
The black fish he sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
And oh, that blowfish blow

Under the sea, under the sea
Under the sea, under the sea
When the sardine begin the beguine
It's music to me
What do they got? A lotta sand
We got a hot crustacean band

Each little clam here know how to jam here
Under the sea
Each little slug here cutting a rug here
Under the sea
Each little snail here know how to wail here
That's why it's hotter
Under the water
We are in luck here
Down in the muck here
Under the sea

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Under the Sea: Demo version

A demo version of Under the Sea was included in the Music Behind the Magic album. The lyrics are close to what the final version is like, but it isn't quite there yet with the rush of the last few lines.

(printable version)

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things around you
What more is you lookin' for?

Under the sea, under the sea
Darling, it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devoting
Full time to floating
Under the sea

Oh yeah

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cos they in the bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who gonna be on the plate

Oh, no!
Under the sea, under the sea
Nobody beat us, fry us and eat us in fricassee
We what the land folks loves to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea
Under the sea
Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here, naturally

I know we do

Even the sturgeon and the ray
They get the urge and start to play
We got the spirit, you got to hear it
Under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they sounding sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is duke of soul
The ray, he can play
The ling's on the strings
The trout rocking out
The black fish he sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
And oh, that blowfish blow

What do they got? A lotta sand
We got a hot crustacean band

Each little clam here know how to jam here
Under the sea

Oh yeah

Right!

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Under the Sea: Synth Demo Version

This is another early version of Under the Sea that was included in the Legacy Collection album.

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things around you
What more is you lookin' for?

Under the sea, under the sea
Darling, it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devoting
Full time to floating
Under the sea

Oh yeah

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cos they in the bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who gonna be on the plate

Oh, no!
Under the sea, under the sea
Nobody beat us, fry us and eat us in fricassee
We what the land folks loves to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea
Under the sea
Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here, naturally

I know we do

Even the sturgeon and the ray
They get the urge and start to play
We got the spirit, you got to hear it
Under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they sounding sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is duke of soul
The ray, he can play
The ling's on the strings
The trout rocking out
The black fish he sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
And oh, that blowfish blow

What do they got? A lotta sand
We got a hot crustacean band

Each little clam here know how to jam here
Under the sea

Oh yeah

Right!

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Under the Sea: Shaggy

Reggae singer Shaggy performed a laidback cover for Under the Sea for the film's 10th anniversary soundtrack. The lyrics are similar to the movie version but there's lots of little changes here and there in the tone of the song.

Ariel, listen to me, the human world is a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there.

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things around you
What more is you looking for?

Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
Darling, it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devoting
Full time to floating
Under the sea

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cos they in the bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They're in for a worser fate
One day when the boss gets hungry
Guess who's gonna be on the plate

Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
Nobody beat us, fry us and eat us in fricassee
We what the land folks love to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea

Under the sea
It's under the sea
Under the sea
It's under the sea
Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here
Naturally
Even the sturgeon and the ray
They get the urge and start to play
We got the spirit, you got to hear it
Under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they sounding sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is duke of soul
The ray, he can play
The ling's on the strings
The trout's rocking out
The black fish he sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
And oh, that blowfish blow

Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
When the sardine begin the beguine
It's music to me
What do they got? A lot of sand
We got a hot crustacean band

Each little clam here know how to jam here
Under the sea
Each little slug here cutting a rug here
Under the sea
Each little snail here know how to wail here
That's why it's hotter
Under the water
We in luck here
Down in the muck here
Under the sea

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Under the Sea: A*Teens Version

Under the Sea has been officially covered quite a few times. One such cover was by the pop band A*Teens for the first Disney Mania album. I confess that I find most of A*Teens' stuff really catchy and energetic (perfect work-out music, really), but their rendition of Under the Sea is more sweet than energetic with minor cute adjustments to the melody here and there. Oh, and the lyrics in their version are more grammatically correct.

(printable version)

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things around you
What more are you looking for?

Under the sea, under the sea
Darling, it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we're devoting
Full time to floating
Under the sea

Down here all the fish are happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They're sad 'cos they're in their bowl
But fish in the bowl are lucky
They're in for a worser fate
One day when the boss gets hungry
Guess who's gonna be on the plate

Under the sea, under the sea
Nobody'll beat us, fry us and eat us in fricassee
We're what the land folks love to cook
Under the sea we're off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
Since life is sweet here
We've got the beat here
Naturally (naturally)
Even the sturgeon and the ray
They get the urge and start to play
We've got the spirit, you've got to hear it
Under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they sounding sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is duke of soul
The ray, he can play
The ling's on the strings
The trout rocking out
The black fish he sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
And oh, that blowfish blow

Under the sea, under the sea
Under the sea, take it from me
We're what the land folks love to cook
Under the sea we're off the hook
We've got no troubles, life is the bubbles
Under the sea

Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
When the sardine begin the beguine
It's music to me
What do they got? A lotta sand
We got a hot crustacean band

Each little clam here knows how to jam here
Under the sea (under the sea)
Each little slug here cutting a rug here
Under the sea (under the sea)
Each little snail here knows how to wail here
That's why it's hotter
Under the water
Yeah, we're in luck here
Down in the muck here
Under the sea

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Under the Sea: Raven-Symoné Version

Raven-Symoné of Disney's That's So Raven covered the song Under the Sea for the Disney Mania collection. Her version is excitedly upbeat and fun, with Raven herself displaying her impressive vocal power and control as she hits the Sebastian-style pronounciation on-key.

(printable version)

Under the sea
Come with me

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things around you
What more is you looking for?

Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
Darling, it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin'
Full time to floatin'
Under the sea

Haha!

C'mon

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cos they in the bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss gets hungry
Guess who's gonna be on the plate
Uh, oh!

Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
Nobody beat us, fry us and eat us in fricassee
We what the land folks loves to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here
Naturally
Even the sturgeon and the ray
They get the urge and start to play
We got the spirit, you got to hear it
Under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they soundin' sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is duke of soul
The ray, he can play
The ling's on the strings
The trout rocking out
The black fish he sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
And oh, that blowfish blow

Under the sea, under the sea

Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
When the sardine begin the beguine
It's music to me (it's music to me)
What do they got? A lotta sand
We've got a hot crustacean band

Each little clam here know how to jam here
Under the sea (under the sea)
Each little slug here cuttin' a rug here
Under the sea (under the sea)
Each little snail here know how to wail here
That's why it's hotter
Under the water
We are in the luck here
Down in the muck here
Under the sea

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Under the Sea: On the Record

The cast of Disney's On the Record musical revue perform a truncated version of Under the Sea as the opening of its The Little Mermaid segment. It's a pretty fun cover, with the ensemble sharing solo duties in the song.

Listen to me. The human world? It's a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there.

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things around you
What more is you lookin' for?

Under the sea, under the sea
Darling, it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devoting
Full time to floating
Under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they sounding sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is duke of soul
The ray, he can play
The ling's on the strings
The trout rocking out
The black fish he sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
And oh, that blowfish blow

Under the sea, under the sea
Under the sea, under the sea
When the sardine begin the beguine
It's music to me (it's music to me)
What do they got? A lotta sand
We got a hot crustacean band

Each little snail here know how to wail here
That's why it's hotter
Under the water
We are in luck here
Down in the muck here
Under the sea

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Under the Sea: Broadway Demo Version

The Broadway demo album features its own version of Under the Sea, which retains the feel of the original song, and only has some different arrangement of background vocals.

(printable version)

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things around you
What more is you lookin' for?

Under the sea, under the sea
Darling, it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devoting
Full time to floating
Under the sea

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cos they in the bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who gonna be on the plate

Uh, oh!
Under the sea, under the sea
Under the sea, under the sea
Nobody beat us, fry us and eat us in fricassee
Under the sea
We what the land folks loves to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea, under the sea
Under the sea, under the sea

Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here, naturally (Naturally)
Even the sturgeon and the ray
They get the urge and start to play
We got the spirit, you got to hear it
Under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they sounding sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is duke of soul
The ray, he can play
The ling's on the strings
The trout rocking out
The black fish he sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
And oh, that blowfish blow


I'm telling you princess, the folks up there, they want to be...

Under the sea, under the sea
Under the sea, under the sea
When the sardine begin the beguine
It's music to me
What do they got? A lotta sand
We got a hot crustacean band

Each little clam here know how to jam here
Under the sea
Each little slug here cutting a rug here
Under the sea
Each little snail here know how to wail here
That's why it's hotter
Under the water
We are in luck here
Down in the muck here
Under the sea

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The thing about musical recordings is that often the songs can only capture a portion of energy of what the audience sees on stage. For that reason, although Titus Burgess has a wonderful voice and finds his own way to perform the classic song without simply following Samuel E. Wright's performance, overall I'm left feeling that I'm missing that crucial extra that can only be found in the theater. It is still a wonderful rendition, though!

The Broadway recording includes an Under the Sea encore, but I'm not including it here, because it's an exact repeat of the last three verses.

(printable version)

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about goin' up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around ya
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things around ya
What more is you lookin' for?

Under the sea, under the sea
Darling, it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devoting
Full time to floating
Under the sea

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cos they in the bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who gonna be on the plate

Uh, oh!
Under the sea, under the sea
Under the sea, under the sea
Nobody beat us, fry us and eat us in fricassee
Under the sea
We what the land folk love to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea, under the sea
Under the sea, under the sea

Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here, naturally (Under the sea)
Even the sturgeon and the ray (Hey)
They get the urge and start to play
We got the spirit, you got to hear it
Under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they sounding sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is duke of soul
The ray, he can play
The ling's on the strings
The trout rocking out
The black fish he sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
And oh, that blowfish blow

Under the sea, under the sea
Under the sea, under the sea
When the sardine begin the beguine
It's music to me
What do they got? A lotta sand
We got a hot crustacean band

Each little clam here know how to jam here
Under the sea
Each little slug here cutting a rug here
Under the sea
Each little snail here know how to wail here
That's why it's hotter
Under the water
We are in luck here
Down in the muck here
Under the sea

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Under the Sea: Booboo Stewart Version

The Disney Mania series gets another Under the Sea cover, this one a rock version by Booboo Stewart, who would a few years later play one of the leads in Disney's Descendants.

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things around you
What more is you lookin' for?

Under the sea, under the sea
Darling, it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devoting
Full time to floating
Under the sea

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cos they in the bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who gonna be on the plate

Under the sea, under the sea
Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here
Naturally
We what the land folks love to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they sounding sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
And the fluke is duke of soul
The ray, he can play
The ling's on the strings
The trout rocking out
The black fish he sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
And oh, that blowfish blow

Under the sea, under the sea
When the sardine begin the beguine
It's music to me
What do they got? A lotta sand
We got a hot crustacean band

Each little clam here know how to jam here
Under the sea
Each little slug here cutting a rug here
Under the sea
Each little snail here know how to wail here
That's why it's hotter
Under the water
Yeah, we are in luck here
Down in the muck here
Under the sea


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Under the Sea: May J. Version

Following up from her success with the Japanese version of "Let It Go", singer May J. released a cover album May J. Sings Disney, which contains covers of various Disney songs. Among them is her version of Under the Sea, which is pretty fun in keeping with the original.

(printable version)

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things around you
What more is you lookin' for?

Under the sea, under the sea
Darlin', it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin'
Full time to floatin'
Under the sea

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cos they in the bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who gonna be on the plate

Under the sea, under the sea
Nobody beat us, fry us and eat us in fricassee
We what the land folks loves to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here
Naturally
Even the sturgeon and the ray
They get the urge and start to play
We got the spirit, you got to hear it
Under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they soundin' sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is duke of soul
The ray, he can play
The ling's on the strings
The trout rocking out
The black fish he sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
And oh, that blowfish blow

Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
When the sardine begin the beguine
It's music to me (it's music to me)
What do they got? A lot of sand
We got a hot crustacean band

Each little clam here know how to jam here
Under the sea
Each little slug here cutting a rug here
Under the sea
Each little snail here know how to wail here
That's why it's hotter
Under the water
Yeah, we in luck here
Down in the muck here
Under the sea

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