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"Diamond in the Rough" is a song from the Broadway musical adaptation of the 1992 Disney animated film Aladdin. It features Jafar and Iago trying (and succeeding in the end) to convince Aladdin to go to the Cave of Wonders and get the magic lamp for them.

It was performed by Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar (who also voiced the character in the original film) and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago. The Cave of Wonders' voice was provided by an unknown voice actor.

Lyrics

You're the one that I need
You're nimble, stealthy, skilled.
Do you want to continue abusing those skills?
Stealing bits of bread and worthless bobbles?
Or do you want to make a name for yourself
And do something that would make any mother proud?

You have the profile of a prince
With a physique that matches
Beneath the dirt and patches
You are a diamond in the rough

I say we work together since
You're braver then which you are
We're just as shocked as you are
That you're a diamond in the rough

Hey I'm no diamond in the rough

Under the filth and the fleas there are gifts that you've been neglecting
And truth be told you are not quite the guy that we were expecting
And though you might need finesse, and perhaps some *sniffs* disinfecting
You'll be the one who succeeds when the lamp of their needs collecting

[Uhhh, I dunno guys, I've got a funny feeling about this.
I better just be on my way.]
[Take one step and die you brainless miscreant!]

[Happy place!]
[Apologies]
[What I meant to say is]

You just don't know how swell you are
(You just don't know how swell you are!)
So far the only hitch is
(There's just an itty bitty hitch)
You're an embarrassment of riches
(Embarrassing? Too true!)
You are the diamond in the rough

Let's all rejoice the spooky voice and you're the diamond in the
Rough!

Look here's the diamond in the
Three cheers, the diamond in the
We found the diamond in the rough!

[You better find somebody else!]
[There is nobody else]
[Talk about the girl]
[Oh,]

Then, of course there's Princess Jasmine
It's clear she took a shying to you
But, let me be frank,
With no cash in the bank,
You'll never win her heart
It just tears me apart
To see her slip right through your fingers

[Which way is this cave of yours?]

That a boy!
Go
Through!
You
Might be a bum
But you're one
Of noble spirit

It's just a cave that might eat you alive
No need to fear it!

Well it's a risk that I might have to take
We're glad to hear it

So please no missteps or blunders
Cue the Cave of Wonders!
We've waited long enough

[Who disturbs my slumber?]
[Uhh, it is I, Aladdin]
[You are the diamond in the rough
The one whose worth lies deep within
You may enter]

[I don't believe it, my mother always said if I only applied myself - If I only believed!]
[We don't have time for self-discovery! Fetch me the lamp. Now!]

[Wish me luck!]
[Luck!]

Goodbye you diamond in the
Please try you diamond in the
Don't die you diamond in the rough

[At last!]

Other Appearances

  • The song was featured in the musical's soundtrack

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Videos

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Covers

           Aladdin Navbox Songs

Films
Prince Ali (Reprise)I'm Looking Out for MeForget About LoveYou're Only Second RateWelcome to the Forty ThievesAre You In or Out?

Musical
Diamond in the RoughPrince Ali (Reprise)

Deleted
Arabian Nights (Reprise 1)Arabian Nights (Reprise 2)Humiliate the BoyWhy Me?My Finest Hour

Other
Friend Like IagoUh-Oa's Song

           DisneyNavbox Songs

Disney Animated Flims
Hi-Diddle-Dee-DeeI've Got No StringsHi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (Reprise)The Coach to Pleasure IslandNight on Bald MountainHit the Big Boss (For a Raise)Pink Elephants on ParadeMan ReturnsFee-Fi-Fo-FumHeadless HorsemanSing, Sweet NightingaleThe Walrus and the Carpenter'Twas BrilligPainting the Roses RedMarch of the CardsWho's Been Painting My Roses Red?A Pirate's Life (Is a Wonderful Life)A Pirate's Life (Reprise)The Elegant Captain HookThe Siamese Cat SongCruella De VilMad Madam MimI Wanna Be Like YouTrust in MeThe Phony King of EnglandHeffalumps and WoozlesA Huntin' ManThe World's Greatest Criminal MindGoodbye, So SoonPoor Unfortunate SoulsLes PoissonsPoor Unfortunate Souls (Reprise)Home on the RangeBelleGastonGaston (Reprise)The Mob SongPrince Ali (Reprise)Be PreparedStampedeThe Virginia CompanyThe Virginia Company (Reprise)Mine, Mine, MineSavages, Pt. 1Savages, Pt. 2The Bells of Notre DameOut ThereHellfireParis BurningAnd He Shall Smite the WickedThe Gospel Truth IIPerfect WorldThe Firebird SuiteYodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-OoFriends on the Other SideFriends on the Other Side (Reprise)Healing IncantationMother Knows BestMother Knows Best (Reprise)The Backson SongMarch of the OreoLove is an Open DoorWolvesShinyKnow Who You Are

Pixar Films
Song of Mor'duRemember MeMuch Needed AdviceLa LloronaMidnight, The Stars And You

Animated Sequels
I'm Looking Out for MeForget About LoveYou're Only Second RateWelcome to the Forty ThievesAre You In or Out?Don't Fall in LoveThings Are Not What They AppearMy LullabyNot One of UsJunkyard Society RagPerfectly PerfectFeel Like a MillionJust One Mistake

Other Animated Films
Everybody's Got A Laughin' PlaceIt's a "B" MovieCutting EdgeWorthlessKidnap the Sandy ClawsOogie Boogie's SongGloomius MaximusI, Ivan KrankPetey's King of FranceChains of LoveIt's Our House NowIf I Ruled the WorldSidekicks and Henchmen

Live Action Films
We Won't Be Happy 'Till We Get It!Castle In SpainFidelity Fiduciary BankThe Happiest Home in These HillsPassamaquoddyEvery Little PieceBill of SaleScroogeMarley and MarleyCome Little ChildrenI Put a Spell on YouShiver My TimbersA Professional PirateSecret of SurvivalLittle GirlsEasy StreetLittle Girls (Reprise)Bravo, Stromboli!The KrakenDavy JonesFabulousNorth Pole, North PoleHello, Little GirlStay with MeAgonyLast MidnightOnce Upon A DreamMy Jolly Sailor BoldMermaidsRainbow Connection (Moopets Version)Let's Talk About MeI'm Number OneI'll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)Rotten to the CoreEvil Like MeEvilWays to Be WickedWhat's My Name?Chillin' Like a VillainIt's Goin' DownWhat a ShameQueen of Mean

Animated Series & Shorts
The Skeleton DanceWho's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?Der Fuehrer's FaceThe Best of EverythingFat Cat StompThe Lobster Mobster's MobThe Beddy Bye BluesYou Wouldn't Want to Mess With Me (Part 1)You Wouldn't Want to Mess With Me (Part 2)Evil LullabyMy TownOne Good ManYzmopolisBoom-Da-BoomMortimer MouseCedric the GreatAll You DesireHelping HandA Kingdom of My OwnThis Fliegel Has LandedWendell's WayMy Evil DreamsMy Power Will Be Crystal ClearGet WickedOn Your/My OwnTonight We StrikeJackal StyleOutta the WayPanic and RunLions Over AllWe'll Make You a MealBring Back a LegendI Have A PlanBig Bad KengeWe're the SmartestLet Me Make You ProudLet Me Make You Proud (Reprise)] • Ready As I'll Ever BeI'm Gonna Run This DumpLi'l Ol' MeWeirdmageddon ThemeWe'll Meet AgainYou Can't Catch MeDon't Look NowThe Art of the StealWe've Got Dance PowerSky PiratesDecay IncantationWaiting in the WingsCrossing The LineWaiting in the Wings (Reprise)Nothing Left to LoseGoblin Jail"GlomTales" Theme SongI'm Not Very Nice

Deleted Songs
Rolling Along to Pleasure IslandI'm OddBeware the JabberwockNever Smile at a CrocodileThe Pirate SongEvil - EvilThe Mighty HuntersHow Much You Mean to Me/Court Me SlowlySilence is GoldenAll Good Things Must EndArabian Nights (Reprise 1)Arabian Nights (Reprise 2)Why Me?Humiliate the BoyMy Finest HourBe Prepared (Reprise)Snuff Out the LightPerfect World (Yzma)Gonna Get My WishYou're YouLife's Too ShortIt's Gonna Get Weird

Theatrical Songs
Another PyramidLike Father Like SonMeMaison Des LunesChow DownThe Madness of King ScarIt's Never Too LateI Want the Good Times BackSweet ChildLes Poissons (Reprise)I Want the Good Times Back (Reprise)Sweet Child (Reprise)Sweet Child (Reprise)Diamond in the RoughMake a Little NoiseFlower of GoldThe Bottom LineThe Bottom Line (Reprise)Hans of the Southern IslesHans of the Southern Isles (Reprise)

Video Games
I Love FurPuppies, Oh, PuppiesThe Rat TangoRunVillains of a SortOne-Winged AngelDr. Finkelstein's SongHail to Mr. OogieCasino ClashA Filthy FinaleOrganization XIIIUrsula's RevengeIt's a Small WorldOpeningThe Mad Doctor Isn't MadI'm Falling ApartThe Fall of PrescottThe Mad Doctor's PlanMad Doctor's Wonderful World of Evil

Promotional Songs
Honest JohnMonstro the WhaleThe Legend of Davy JonesShadow ManDo What I Wanna DoLove is a Magical Mystery

Parks
Hawaiian War ChantYo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)Grim Grinning GhostsBurrow's Lament Friend Like IagoUh-Oa's SongGuardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark

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