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Under the Sea is a song sung by Sebastian the crab in the 1989 feature film The Little Mermaid. It won the Academy Award for best song. The song was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman. In the song, Sebastian tries to convince Ariel that the human world is not the place she dreams it to be, that she would be much happier to remain "Under the Sea" where she belongs.


Sebastian: Ariel, 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 surround you
What more is 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! Ah-ha-ha-ha!

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cause they in their bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who gon' 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 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 sweeter,
We got them beat here,
Naturally! (Naturally-y-y)

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 the duke of soul! (Yeah!)

The ray he can play
The lings on the strings
The trout rocking out
The black fish she sings
The smelt and the sprat, they know where it's at
And oh, that blowfish blow! Ha-ha!

Yeah, under the sea! (Under the sea!)
Under the sea! (Under the sea!)
When the sardine
Begin the beguine
It's music to me! (Music is 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!
Yah, we in luck here
Down in the muck here
Under the sea!


  • In the original film, in the line “The newt play the flute”, the flute looks more of a shawm and sounds more of a piccolo.


Under The Sea

Under The Sea