I Ain’t As Cruel And Vicious As I Seem

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: BRUTAL/CRUEL/FRENZY/SAVAGE/VIOLENT

Grimace, Girl, Teen, Mimicry, Brutal

Nice! We had a similar theme in August 2020 and I picked “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama, so to avoid repetition within a year, searched and searched and searched, and came across a long list of horrible songs. But Disney saved me from a completely dire song.

I have never seen the movie “Tangled”, but I gather it is about Rapunzel. This is a musical number called “I’ve Got A Dream” and it seems to be sung by a choir of thugs, who dream of being something else entirely!

See – I knew I could find a cheery song for today’s theme!

[Hook Hand Thug:]
I’m malicious, mean and scary
My sneer could curdle dairy
And violence-wise, my hands are not the cleanest
But despite my evil look
And my temper, and my hook
I’ve always yearned to be a concert pianist
Can’tcha see me on the stage performin’ Mozart?
Tickling the ivories ’til they gleam?
Yep, I’d rather be called deadly
For my killer show-tune medley
Thank you!
‘Cause way down deep inside
I’ve got a dream

[Thug Chorus:]
He’s got a dream!
He’s got a dream!

[Hook Hand Thug:]
See, I ain’t as cruel and vicious as I seem!
Though I do like breaking femurs
You can count me with the dreamers
Like everybody else
I’ve got a dream!

[Big Nose Thug:]
I’ve got scars and lumps and bruises
Plus something here that oozes
And let’s not even mention my complexion
But despite my extra toes
And my goiter, and my nose
I really want to make a love connection
Can’t you see me with a special little lady
Rowin’ in a rowboat down the stream?
Though I’m one disgusting blighter
I’m a lover, not a fighter —
‘Cause way down deep inside
I’ve got a dream
I’ve got a dream!

[Thug Chorus:]
He’s got a dream!

[Big Nose Thug:]
I’ve got a dream!

[Thug Chorus:]
He’s got a dream!

[Big Nose Thug:]
And I know one day romance will reign supreme!
Though my face leaves people screaming
There’s a child behind it, dreaming —
Like everybody else
I’ve got a dream

[Thug Chorus:]
Tor would like to quit and be a florist
Gunther does interior design
Ulf is into mime
Attila’s cupcakes are sublime
Bruiser knits
Killer sews
Fang does little puppet shows

[Hook Hand Thug:]
And Vladimir collects ceramic unicorns!

[Flynn:]
I have dreams, like you — no, really!
Just much less touchy-feely
They mainly happen somewhere
warm and sunny
On an island that I own
Tanned and rested and alone
Surrounded by enormous piles of money

[Rapunzel:]
I’ve got a dream!

[Thug Chorus:]
She’s got a dream!

[Rapunzel:]
I’ve got a dream!

[Thug Chorus:]
She’s got a dream!

[Rapunzel:]
I just want to see the floating
lanterns gleam!

[Thug Chorus:]
Yeahh!

[Rapunzel:]
And with every passing hour
I’m so glad I left my tower —
Like all you lovely folks
I’ve got a dream!

[Thug Chorus:]
She’s got a dream!
He’s got a dream!
They’ve got a dream!
We’ve got a dream!
So our diff ‘rences ain’t
really that extreme!
We’re one big team…!
Call us brutal —
Sick —

[Hook Hand Thug:]
Sadistic —

[Big Nose Thug:]
And grotesquely optimistic

[Thug Chorus:]
‘Cause way down deep inside
We’ve got a dream!

[Hook Hand Thug:]
I’ve got a dream!

[Big Nose Thug:]
I’ve got a dream!

[Thug Chorus:]
I’ve got a dream!
I’ve got a dream!
I’ve got a dream!

[Rapunzel:]
I’ve got a dream!

[All:]
Yes way down deep
inside, I’ve got a dream!
Yeahh!

Written By: Alan Menken and Glenn Slater

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