broadway version . reprise

This is Ursula's new introductory song for the Broadway show, neatly fitted in to the scene where we meet the sea witch for the first time. The earlier version of Ursula's introductory song is "Wasting Away", but this replacement is more upbeat and cheeky, reflecting the new version of Ursula that's seen on stage. There's a bit of exposition going on here, letting us in on Ursula's backstory with her brother King Triton, and just exactly what sort of life this version of Ursula was used to in her younger days.

In the new version of the musical that was developed in 2012 and has been used for productions since then, this song is replaced by Daddy's Little Angel.

(printable version)

Ursula:
When daddy dear was floating on his deathbed
He divvied up the kingdom into two
I got his magic shell
And half the sea as well
His trident went to


You know who his trident went to, don't you, babies?

My reign, why, it was blissfully delicious
And glamour, glitz and style were au courante
Did I use some black magic? Well, oopsie, my bad
Did I mutilate, maim and destroy? Just a tad
And for that I get banished but me, I'm not mad
There's just one little thing that I want
Just, just one eensy teensy thing that I want

I want the good times back
I want those grand ol' days
I want the twisted nights
The sick delights
The wild soireés

I want those trembling crowds of shellfish
Cracked and peeled for me to dine
Not because I'm mean or selfish


Flotsam & Jetsam:
No

Ursula:
I only want what's mine

I want disgusting wealth
I want exquisite sin
Want the entire sea
To worship me
On bended fin

I want to greet my loving subjects
And then have them as a snack
Remember those good times?
I want them back


Picture it, my sucklings. Pretty soon, we'll be back on top! Sipping bubbly. Eating caviar before it hatches. King Triton is the only thing that stands in our way. If only I can find his Achilles heel, the soft quivering underbelly beneath all that armour.

I'll dethrone him
De-bone him


And then boys... Oh, boys... we're back in business! All together now.

Flotsam & Jetsam:
You'll bring the good times back
Resume your wacky fun
Restore the joyful charm
Of causing harm
To everyone


Ursula:
I want to make the merfolk cower
Like they did in days of yore
Sure, it's sheer abuse of power


Flotsam & Jetsam:
So?

Ursula:
Ain't that what power's for?
I want to taste their tears
I want to hear their screams
I want the special rush
You get from crushing
Hopes and dreams


Flotsam & Jetsam:
It's more than simply sentimental

Ursula:
It's an aphrodisiac

Flotsam & Jetsam:
Remember those good times

Ursula:
Oh god, were they good times

Flotsam & Jetsam:
It's time for more good times

Ursula:
Let's get 'em back

If only I had a way
To make him pay
I'd set ol' Triton straight


Flotsam:
Poison?

Jetsam:
Sure

Flotsam:
Blackmail?

Jetsam:
Or

Flotsam:
His daughters

Jetsam:
Maybe

Ursula:
Wait!

Why didn't we think of it before? His youngest!

Flotsam:
The one with the beautiful voice?

Ursula:
Which she takes for granted. A woman doesn't know how precious her voice is until she's been silenced. Ha! Perhaps we could teach them both a lesson.

I want the little girl

Flotsam:
Oh.

Ursula:
And boys, I want her bad

Jetsam:
Ah.

Ursula:
I want her sitting here
To lure her dear
Devoted dad


Flotsam & Jetsam:
Mmmm.

Ursula:
I want my goody-goody brother
To come rescue her, the sap
And then one way or another


Flotsam & Jetsam:
Surprise

Ursula:
I'll spring the trap

And get the good times back
I mean with all the perks
The trident, crown, the throne
All mine alone
The whole damn works

But most of all, I want ol' Triton
Pinned and wriggling on the rack
Then, fellas, it's my time
And frankly, it's high time
Those fabulous good times
They're coming back


I Want the Good Times Back: Reprise

A reprise of I Want the Good Times Back reminds us that while Ariel is spending time with Eric and getting up close to the world above, Ursula is watching the proceedings with a very close (and critical) eye. Ursula isn't one to let something like Ariel actually succeeding to get in the way of her master plan.

(printable version)

Ursula:
She didn't waste much time, the little shameless tease
One sunset's barely through and princey-poo is on his knees
They'll be smooching by day two, boys
If she keeps it up like this
So there's just one thing to do, boys

Flotsam & Jetsam:
What?

Ursula:
Go up and block that kiss

Meanwhile, I bet her daddy's worried bad
In wonderin' where she's been
Soon he'll guess, and then ̶ oh yes
The real fun can begin


Onward and upward my live wires! And stop that lip-lock.

Flotsam & Jetsam:
Yes, your wretchedness.

Ursula:
So let the clock run out
Their time is almost up
And once they're trapped
I'll have them wrapped
Around my suction cup

With my tentacles around them
I'll at last be back on track
And headin' for good times
Deliciously good times
Two days and the good times
They're coming back


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