The Little Mermaid | Kiss the Girl | Lyric Video | Disney Sing Along

The targeted “Poor Unfortunate Souls” lyrics likely appear in this verse:

The men up there don’t like a lot of blabber

They think a girl who gossips is a bore!

Yet on land it’s much prefered for ladies not to say a word

And after all dear, what is idle babble for?

Come on, they’re not all that impressed with conversation

True gentlemen avoid it when they can

But they dote and swoon and fawn

On a lady who’s withdrawn

It’s she who holds her tongue who get’s a man

Of course, Ariel’s frustration in getting Eric to kiss her rebukes these claims, but again, there seems to be a lot of paranoia about what could be taken out of context.


What are these live-action remakes for but to update elements of these stories that went by unscrutinized in less enlightened times? The redundancy of making beat-for-beat recreations of still-beloved animated classic, in fact, means that we need these changes, lest the served regurgitation is exactly the same flavor. The remake of The Lion King, for example, un-pulled a punch. The original lyrics of “Hakuna Matata” went:

Pumbaa: And I got downhearted

Timon: How did ya feel?

Pumbaa: Every time that I...

Timon: Hey! Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids!

But in the 2019 CGI remake, they let it all out:

Pumbaa: And I got downhearted. Every time that I farted... are you gonna stop me?

Timon: No, I’m not. You disgust me!

See? Sometimes these changes are for the better. It’s called progress!