Thirty Days of Feelings: Day Seven

This year I’m undergoing a bit of an experiment: Thirty straight days of doing/watching/listening to/reading something that makes me feel – however fleetingly – like an actual human being, in the hopes that this will thaw a layer of ice off my frozen shriveled little heart, and allow me to not be such a buzzkill this year. So let’s get to it.

Day Seven: Part of Your World

 

Over the years – and especially during my childhood – Disney has made some absolutely amazing songs. “Beauty and the Beast”? “Colors of the Wind”? “A Whole New World”? These are all classics that are sweet, powerful, touching songs. But one song stands above the rest: “Part of Your World” in The Little Mermaid. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best Disney song of all time, with the former few coming in as close seconds.

If you haven’t seen it, The Little Mermaid is the story of Ariel, a mermaid princess who falls in love with a prince. One quick trip to the local sea witch later, she has traded her voice for legs, and travels to the surface world. She then has three days to get true love’s kiss, or her soul will belong to the witch for all eternity. Aiding her are childhood friend Flounder, body-guard (sort of?) crab Sebastian, and surface world “expert” Scuttle the seagull. Working against her are the sea witch – Ursula – who rigs the challenge by assuming a sexy lady form of her own and using Ariel’s voice, as well as Flotsam and Jetsam the cock-blocking eels.

What strikes me about “Part of Your World” is how it’s less a love song to Eric – at least at first – and more a song of longing. It’s a song about feeling stuck. Like the world you were born into isn’t the world you were meant for. It’s a song about wanting more out of life than what you’ve always had. It’s about wanting to make your own decisions, rather than allowing your life to be run by others. If none of that tugs at something within you, well then I’m guessing you had one of those obnoxiously perfect childhoods that I can’t relate too, so my bad.

This song is just beautiful. It’s heart-wrenching. It’s so incredibly earnest, and the sense of longing is palpable. There’s a reason this is the only Disney soundtrack I have on my iPod, and 90% of that reason is this one song.

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