What's It Like to be a Mermaid?

This is a lovely pop number sung by Ariel in the Songs from the Sea album as she attempts to explain what life as a mermaid is like to a human girl.

Many thanks to Daniel for the lyric corrections.

(printable version)

Ariel:
They just don't understand. It's not enough for me. Oh, I wish I could show them what I found. A note in a bottle from a little girl. And she wonders about mermaids just like I wonder about humans.

I found a little bottle
Bobbing in the water
Carried on a wave
Inside there was a note
That a little girl wrote
This is what she had to say

Mermaid, mermaid tell me true
What's it feel like to be you?

What's it like to be a mermaid?
A little lady from down under the sea
Do you go to school with fishes?
Do you have to do the dishes?
Are you like me?

What's it like to be a mermaid?
Tell me a little of your life in the blue
Is there music, are there dances?
Are there undersea romances?
Do you wonder from down under like I do about you?

Growing up a daughter
Of the underwater
Is like a fantasy
But I am curious, too
Dreamin' just like you do
About the world beyond the beach

Well, here's a mermaid's point of view
For those of you who wish they knew

What it's like to be a mermaid
A little lady from down under the sea
We go dancing with the dolphin
Riding waves and whale watching
In the sea breeze

What's it like to be mermaid?
Well, it's delightful living life in the blue
But though we go to school with fishes
Eat from shells instead of dishes
We're really not so very very different from you

What's it like to be a mermaid?
Our ways are not as far apart as they seem
We comb our hair with coral
Wear a splash of ocean floral
And we eat weed

What's it like to be a mermaid?
Well, it's delightful living life in the blue
We go swimming with the tuna
In a tropical lagoona
Chasing manatee and nektons
But our folks don't understand us
When we kick up a commotion
At the bottom of the ocean
We're really not so very very different from you

Oooh, what's it like to be a mermaid?
What's it like to be a mermaid?
Oooh, what's it like to be a mermaid?
What's it like to be a mermaid?

Gosh, I just remembered. Tonight is the mermaid's ball. Oh, but I can get ready for that later. First, I've got to answer this note I've found.


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