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Under the Sea

From the musical

The Little Mermaid



Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman

"Under the Sea" is the iconic theme song from Disney's 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and based on the song "The Beautiful Briny Sea" from the 1971 film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It is influenced by the Calypso style of the Trinidad and Tobago.[citation needed] The song was performed in the film by Samuel E. Wright.

The song is a plea by the crab Sebastian imploring Ariel to remain sea-bound, and resist her desire to become a human in order to spend her life with Prince Eric, with whom she has fallen in love. Sebastian warns of the struggles of human life while at the same time expounding the benefits of a care-free life underwater. However, Ariel manages to sneak off with the aid of Flounder just before Sebastian's finale.

In 2002, the song was featured in the Square Enix action RPG, Kingdom Hearts as the background music for the Atlantica world. In 2006, the song also appeared in Kingdom Hearts II as part of a minigame where it was rearranged to have parts for Sebastian, Ariel, and Sora. For both appearances, the music was arranged by Yoko Shimomura.

In 2007, the Broadway musical version uses this as the featured production number with the role of Sebastian played by Tituss Burgess. Because Burgess is a tenor (unlike the baritone Wright), the key of the song was raised from B-flat to D. The placing of the song is also moved to after the scene in which King Triton destroys Ariel's collection of "human stuff", where the purpose of the song was to cheer Ariel up.

The song is present throughout all the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts around the world as well as the Disney Cruise Line.

    Release Date: 1989

Songbooks and Arrangements


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King's Singers : 40th Anniversary Collection : SATB divisi : 01 Songbook : 884088217242 : 1423434803 : 08748224

King's Singers : 40th Anniversary Collection

To celebrate their 40th anniversary the Kings Singers compiled a collection of their most-requested arrangements from the past 15 years since the release of the still best-selling 25th anniversary songbook. Some. like "Danny Boy", "All I Ask Of You" and "Blackbird" date from earlier in the group's history but are still performed regularly by the group and choirs all over the world. Others, such as "Down To The River To Pray", "Under The Sea" and "Africa" have already established themselves in the repertoire of many groups they come in contact with on their tours. Here, then, is a carefully selected mix of folk songs, pop songs and spirituals plus the exquisite Victorian parlor song "The Long Day Closes".

Songlist: Africa, All I Ask Of You, Blackbird, Danny Boy, Down to The River to Pray, The Little Drummer Boy, The Long Day Closes, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), Penny Lane, Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Under The Sea, The Water Is Wide

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Performed by King's Singers | 9633b | Songbook | $8.95 | A Cappella


Mac Huff : Cinemagic! - Hollywood's Best Movie Music (Medley) : SATB : 01 Songbook : 073999302899 : 08730289

Mac Huff : Cinemagic! - Hollywood's Best Movie Music (Medley)

Celebrate the silver screen and Hollywood's musical history in this choral revue by Mac Huff. Spanning eight decades of movie magic, the six flexible sections are easily adaptable to a variety of staging options and can be accompanied with live instruments or the professionally-recorded CD. You'll enjoy all the memories, the romance, and the adventure as the cinema comes alive. Sections include: The Opening Reel, Thanks for the Memory, Isn't It Romantic?, The Heat Is On, The Envelope Please, Give My Regards to Hollywood. Available: SATB Director's Score, SAB Director's Score, 2-Part Director's Score, SATB Singer's Edition, SAB Singer's Edition, 2-Part Singer's Edition, Instrumental Pak, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 38:00.

Songlist: Somewhere Out There, That's Entertainment, Born Free, Call Me Irresponsible, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Mona Lisa, Cheek To Cheek, The Exodus Song, Flashdance...What A Feeling, Footloose, Happy Trails, The Heat Is On, I Won't Dance, In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening, Isn't It Romantic?, Theme From 'Jaws', Just Go To The Movies, The Last Time I Saw Paris, Where Do I Begin (Love Theme), (Meet) The Flintstones, Moon River, Night Fever, Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, Shakedown, Speak Softly, Love (Love Theme), Steppin' Out With My Baby, (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Thanks For The Memory, Three Coins In The Fountain, Unchained Melody, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 4340b | Songbook | $3.95


Various Arrangers : Women's Movie Classics : SSAA : Sheet Music

Various Arrangers : Women's Movie Classics

Add a touch of Hollywood to your repertoire! The popular love theme from the hit movie Titanic, originally recorded by Celine Dion, is now available in an exquisite setting by Kirby Shaw. The essence of this very moving, emotional ballad, with its haunting melody and tender lyrics, is beautifully captured with word painting and lush harmonies. Guaranteed to create a moment of sheer magic in your concert. The breathtaking ballad "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" from The Lion King has a sonorous setting for a cappella ensembles. "Under The Sea' is the showstopper from The Little Mermaid in a dynamite a cappella rendition by the incomparable Kirby Shaw.

Songlist: My Heart Will Go On, Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, Beauty and the Beast, Under the Sea, Preludium

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Voicing: SSAA | 4812b | Sheet Music | $8.95 | A Cappella


Various Arrangers : A Cappella Movie Themes : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music

Various Arrangers : A Cappella Movie Themes

"Mission: Impossible Theme" - It's the instantly recognized theme from television and film! A great a cappella showcase for pop, jazz and show choirs, your singers will build performance skills and have fun in the process! "Our Town" - Time brings changes but life goes on - this is the poignant message of the Randy Newman song recorded by James Taylor for the Disney movie "Cars". Alternating between solo melodic lines with vocal accompaniment and full homophonic phrases, this vocal setting will create a moment of sheer enchantment in your performance. Under The Sea - "It's better down where it's wetter" with this comical calypso king'singers' arrangement of this favorite Disney hit. "Alfie" - From songwriting legends Hal David and Burt Bacharach and arranged by the acclaimed vocal jazz educator Phil Mattson, this song and text is among the most meaningful in contemporary music. Rich harmonies highlight the powerful emotions inherent in the text.

Songlist: Alfie, Under The Sea, Mission: Impossible Theme, Our Town

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | 7204b | Sheet Music | $7.95 | A Cappella


Various Arrangers : The Songs of Disney : SATB : Sheet Music

Various Arrangers : The Songs of Disney

Disney certainly knows how to create a great tune and here are some of their very best. The breathtaking Elton John ballad "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King in a sonorous setting for a cappella ensembles. The entertaining novelty song "I Wan'na Be Like You " from Walt Disney Pictures' The Jungle Book, originally sung by Louis Prima) has been arranged by the King's Singers' Philip Lawson for a cappella ensembles. Challenging, but worth it - it's a perfect encore! From The Little Mermaid, "Kiss The Girl" is available in a fantastic a cappella arrangement. Fun Latin rhythms and a variety of vocal inflections make this a great change of pace for any concert! The theme song from the Disney animated classic "Alice in Wonderland" simply sparkles in a warm a cappella arrangement. Nominated for a Best Score Academy Award, this music is timeless. Here's the showstopper "Under The Sea " from The Little Mermaid in a dynamite a cappella rendition by the incomparable Kirby Shaw. Great Caribbean change of pace! Available for the first time in a mixed and men's a cappella setting, the Disney classic "Candle on the Water" will once again enchant your audience. Beautiful harmonies gently accompany the easily sung melody. Special!

Songlist: Kiss The Girl, Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, Alice in Wonderland, I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song), Under The Sea, Candle on the Water

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Voicing: SATB | 9250b | Sheet Music | $9.95 | A Cappella


Howard Ashman : The Little Mermaid : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999559507 : 0793500001 : 00490238

Howard Ashman : The Little Mermaid

Matching folio to the Disney animated feature. Includes 13 pages of beautiful full-color photos from the movie and 8 songs, featuring the Oscarae-winning Under the Sea. Also: Kiss the Girl - Daughters of Triton - Part of Your World - more!

Songlist: Fathoms Below, Daughters Of Triton, Kiss The Girl, Les Poissons, Part Of Your World, Part Of Your World (Reprise), Poor Unfortunate Souls, Under The Sea

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Voicing: Solo | 20185b | Songbook | $16.95 | PVG


Tom Anderson : Disney: The Movies The Music : Solo : 01 Songbook : 888680105389 : 1495056171 : 00155282

Tom Anderson : Disney: The Movies The Music

Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Children of all ages! Welcome to the Wonderful World of Disney! Celebrate 75 years of Disney magic and some of the music that helped make that magic happen with favorite songs from the movies of Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. The Teacher Edition features reproducible program narration, piano/vocal arrangements and choreography. The Singer Edition 20-pak features singer parts in attractive full color spreads with many of your favorite Disney characters. To perform with recordings, there are 2 options. A Performance/Accompaniment CD is available separately. For cost-saving value, the Performance Kit/Audio includes the Teacher Edition, Singer 20-Pak and performance/accompaniment audio recordings via digital download. About 25 minutes. Suggested for grades 2-5.

Songlist: Circle Of Life, The Bare Necessities, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Theme, Mickey Mouse March, Under The Sea, You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!

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Voicing: Solo | 4336b | Songbook | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Various : Contemporary Disney - 3rd Edition : Solo : 01 Songbook : 888680642495 : 1495074196 : 00195620

Various : Contemporary Disney - 3rd Edition

50 songs are featured in this third edition of an outstanding collection of Disney favorites.

Songlist: Home, Circle Of Life, Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, Beauty And The Beast, Someday, Just Around The Riverbend, Colors Of The Wind, If I Never Knew You (End Title), You've Got A Friend In Me, God Help The Outcasts, Go The Distance, Reflection, Written In The Stars, Two Worlds, You'll Be In My Heart (Pop Version), When She Loved Me, A Change In Me, My Funny Friend And Me, Let It Go, If I Didn't Have You, We Belong Together, Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride, Married Life, The Medallion Calls, Look Through My Eyes, The Incredits, Seize The Day, We're All In This Together, You Are The Music In Me, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 4456b | Songbook | $22.95 | PVG


Various : The Disney Collection : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999115239 : 0793508320 : 00311523

Various : The Disney Collection

Features 54 Disney delights: The Ballad of Davy Crockett - The Bare Necessities - Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo - Candle on the Water - Chim Chim Cher-ee - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes - Heigh-Ho (The Dwarfs' Marching Song) - It's a Small World - Kiss the Girl - The Siamese Cat Song - Someday My Prince Will Come - Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Under the Sea - When You Wish upon a Star - Winnie the Pooh - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - more!

Songlist: Once Upon A Dream, Circle Of Life, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Beauty And The Beast, You'll Be In My Heart (Pop Version)*, Let It Go, The Work Song, Baby Mine, The Ballad Of Davy Crockett, The Bare Necessities, Bella Notte, Best Of Friends, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song), Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Candle On The Water, So Close, That's How You Know, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Cruella De Vil, A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, I See The Light, I've Got A Dream, When Will My Life Begin?, Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat, Feed The Birds (Tuppence A Bag), Do You Want To Build A Snowman?, Love Is An Open Door, Give A Little Whistle, He's A Tramp, Heigh-Ho, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20410b | Songbook | $18.95 | PVG


Various : The Illustrated Treasury of Disney Songs : Solo : Songbook : 888680723699 : 1540015300 : 00256650

Various : The Illustrated Treasury of Disney Songs

This updated 7th edition coffee table collection is a Disney lover's dream come true! It is a guided tour through the many legendary years of Disney music. The book begins with an extensive musical history of Disney, followed by beautiful piano/vocal arrangements of 70 Disney classics. Printed on deluxe stock with more than 100 stunning full-color illustrations accompanying the text and music, this book is a keepsake to treasure for years to come!

Songlist: Once Upon A Dream, Circle Of Life, Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Beauty And The Beast, Someday, Colors Of The Wind, You've Got A Friend In Me, God Help The Outcasts, Go The Distance, Reflection, Written In The Stars, You'll Be In My Heart, When She Loved Me, Let It Go, If I Didn't Have You, Baby Mine, Married Life, The Medallion Calls, The Ballad Of Davy Crockett, The Bare Necessities, Be Our Guest, Bella Notte, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song), The Incredits, Seize The Day, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Candle On The Water, True Love's Kiss, Cruella De Vil, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40591b | Songbook | $32.95 | PVG


Various : The Library of Disney Songs : Solo : Songbook : 888680902155 : 1540042022 : 00287155

Various : The Library of Disney Songs

There are songs for everyone in this collection of over 50 popular hits arranged for piano, voice and guitar from Disney movies past and present. It features classics from Cinderella and Peter Pan as well as modern favorites from Coco and Tangled and much more. Also includes songs from the movies: 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, The AristoCats, Frozen, Hercules, Lady and the Tramp, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Moana, Mary Poppins, Pocahontas, Sleeping Beauty, Toy Story, and more.

Songlist: Once Upon A Dream, Circle Of Life, I Just Can't Wait To Be King, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Beauty And The Beast, Someday, Colors Of The Wind, If I Never Knew You (End Title), Alice In Wonderland, You've Got A Friend In Me, God Help The Outcasts, Zero To Hero, Go The Distance, I'll Make A Man Out Of You, Reflection, Written In The Stars, Trashin' The Camp* (Pop Version), You'll Be In My Heart (Pop Version)*, When She Loved Me, Let It Go, The Aristocats, The Ballad Of Davy Crockett, The Bare Necessities, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song), Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Candle On The Water, Happy Working Song, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Cruella De Vil, A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40619b | Songbook | $24.95 | PVG


Various Composers : Disney Favorites : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088243289 : 1423439864 : 00333007

Various Composers : Disney Favorites

Pick your part and sing along with a professionally recorded choir! This collection features 8 Disney movies favorites in 4-part arrangements, and the accompanying CD contains full-performance recordings.

Songlist: The Bare Necessities, Be Our Guest, Circle of Life, Cruella De Vil, Friend Like Me, Hakuna Matata, Joyful, Joyful, Under the Sea

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Voicing: Solo | 5149b | Songbook & CD | $14.95


Vocal Selections : The Little Mermaid : Solo : 01 Songbook : 884088239206 : 1423437942 : 00313402

Vocal Selections : The Little Mermaid

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father - the king of the sea - to escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she's the girl with the perfect voice. Based on one of the most beloved Disney films of all time and the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Little Mermaid is the sparkling new Disney musical that's poised to make a splash on Broadway. Some of Disney's most popular songs are featured in show - including Part of Your World, Kiss the Girl, and the Academy Award-winning Best Original Song, Under the Sea - by the songwriting team of 8-time Academy winner Alan Menken and the renowned Howard Ashman. The stage adaptation also features new songs by Menken and Glenn Slater, plus a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright.

Songlist: One Step Closer, Fathoms Below, The World Above, Human Stuff, I Want The Good Times Back, Her Voice, Sweet Child, Positoovity, Beyond My Wildest Dreams, Les Poissons (Reprise), If Only (Quartet), The Contest, She's In Love, Daughters Of Triton, Kiss The Girl, Les Poissons, Part Of Your World, Poor Unfortunate Souls, Under The Sea

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Voicing: Solo | 20054b | Songbook | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Individual Folios

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Under The Sea : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Alan Menken : The Little Mermaid : Songbook : 08666123 : 073999661231

Kirby Shaw : Under The Sea

Here's the showstopper from The Little Mermaid in a dynamite a cappella rendition by the incomparable Kirby Shaw. Great Caribbean change of pace!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Alan Menken | Lyricist: Howard Ashman | Musical: The Little Mermaid

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08666123


Under the Sea : SSAA : Kirby Shaw : Alan Menken : The Little Mermaid : Sheet Music : 08666125 : 073999661255

Kirby Shaw : Under the Sea

Here's the showstopper from The Little Mermaid in a dynamite a cappella rendition by the incomparable Kirby Shaw. Great Caribbean change of pace!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Alan Menken | Lyricist: Howard Ashman | Musical: The Little Mermaid

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08666125


Under The Sea : SATB divisi : Philip Lawson : Alan Menken : The Little Mermaid : Sheet Music : 08742358 : 073999423587

Philip Lawson : Under The Sea

"It's better down where it's wetter" with this comical calypso king'singers' arrangement of this favorite Disney hit.

Arranger: Philip Lawson | Composer: Alan Menken | Lyricist: Howard Ashman | Musical: The Little Mermaid

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08742358


Under the Sea : SATB : Alan Billingsley : Alan Menken : The Little Mermaid : Sheet Music : 43225114 : 073999991826

Alan Billingsley : Under the Sea

(Billingsley) SATB

Arranger: Alan Billingsley | Composer: Alan Menken | Lyricist: Howard Ashman | Musical: The Little Mermaid

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 43225114 | Showtrax CD Available


Under the Sea : SAB : Alan Billingsley : Alan Menken : The Little Mermaid : Sheet Music : 43225115 : 073999251159

Alan Billingsley : Under the Sea

Arranger: Alan Billingsley | Composer: Alan Menken | Lyricist: Howard Ashman | Musical: The Little Mermaid

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 43225115 | Showtrax CD Available


Under the Sea : 2-Part : Alan Billingsley : Alan Menken : The Little Mermaid : Sheet Music : 43225116 : 073999251166

Alan Billingsley : Under the Sea

Arranger: Alan Billingsley | Composer: Alan Menken | Lyricist: Howard Ashman | Musical: The Little Mermaid

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 43225116 | Showtrax CD Available

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