"Friend Like Iago" is a song from the infamous defunct ride/animatronic attraction The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management), a revision of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room in Disney's Magic Kingdom that lasted from 1998 until 2011. It features Iago announcing to the Tiki Room birds that he plans to make some changes in the show to make it still popular after becoming the new owner of the place along with Zazu from The Lion King. The song was a parody of the song "Friend Like Me" from Disney's 1992 animated film Aladdin, where Iago's character debuted.
It was performed by Iago's voice actor Gilbert Gottfried with a minor intervention of José's voice actor Wally Boag and Fritz's voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft.
'Cause I'm a very famous movie star and all of Hollywood drops my name
Who cares about Aladdin or Jafar?
I'm the one with all the looks and fame
I got a million crackers in the bank, and I plan to get a zillion more!
And you guys will all have me to thank when they're lining up at the door
You are boring tiki birds, I'm a big celeb-birdy
That's why I'm gonna go and change the show
Ain't it great to have a friend like me
But señor, we've done the same show
Yeah, since 1963!
My, how time flies, get a life you guys!
You're ancient history
Can your tails do this?
Can your wings do that?
Can you bad birds sing hip hop or rap?
Can ya rock and roll?
Well, listen here...
It's a whole new world so you better get hip
Or your audience will disappear!
At your showbiz magic lamp
Rub me right and I'll set you free
You've paid your dues, and you birds can't lose
Ain't it great to have a friend, great to have a friend
You ain't it great to have a friend, great to have a friend
You ain't never, had a, friend, like me...
Ain't never had a friend like me!