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"Mother Knows Best" is a song from Disney's 2010 animated film Tangled. It is sung by Mother Gothel as she convinces Rapunzel to trust her judgement and never try to leave her.

The song was performed by Gothel's voice actress Donna Murphy, and Rapunzel's voice actress Mandy Moore in speaking lines.

LyricsEdit

[You want to go outside? Ugh, why, Rapunzel!]

Look at you, as fragile as a flower
Still a little sapling, just a sprout
You know why we stay up in this tower

[I know, but-]

That's right! To keep you safe and sound, dear
Guess I always knew this day was coming
Knew that soon you'd want to leave the nest
Soon, but not yet

[But-]

Shh! Trust me, pet
Mother knows best

Mother knows best
Listen to your mother
It's a scary world out there

Mother knows best
One way or another
Something will go wrong, I swear

Ruffians, thugs
Poison ivy, quicksand
Cannibals and snakes,
The plague!

[No!]

[Yes!]

[But-]

Also large bugs
Men with pointy teeth, and
Stop, no more, you'll just upset me!

Mother's right here
Mother will protect you
Darling, here's what I suggest
Skip the drama
Stay with Mama
Mother knows best

Mother knows best
Take it from your mumsy
On your own, you won't survive
Sloppy, under-dressed
Immature, clumsy
Please, they'll eat you up alive!

Gullible, naive
Positively grubby
Ditzy and a bit, well, hmm vague--
Plus, I believe
Gettin' kinda chubby
I'm just saying 'cause I wuv you!

Mother understands
Mother's here to help you
All I have is one request

[Rapunzel?]

[Yes?]

[Don't ever ask to leave this tower again.]

[Yes, Mother.]

[I love you very much, dear.]

[I love you more.]

[I love you most.]

Don't forget it
You'll regret it
Mother knows best!

[You want to go outside? Ugh, why, Rapunzel!]

Look at you, as fragile as a flower
Still a little sapling, just a sprout
You know why we stay up in this tower

[I know, but-]

That's right! To keep you safe and sound, dear
Guess I always knew this day was coming
Knew that soon you'd want to leave the nest
Soon, but not yet

[But-]

Shh! Trust me, pet
Mother knows best

Mother knows best
Listen to your mother
It's a scary world out there

Mother knows best
One way or another
Something will go wrong, I swear

Ruffians, thugs
Poison ivy, quicksand
Cannibals and snakes,
The plague!

[No!]

[Yes!]

[But-]

Also large bugs
Men with pointy teeth, and
Stop, no more, you'll just upset me!

Mother's right here
Mother will protect you
Darling, here's what I suggest
Skip the drama
Stay with Mama
Mother knows best

Go ahead, get trampled by a rhino
Go ahead, get mugged and left for dead
Me, I'm just your mother, what do I know?
I only bathed and changed and nursed you
Go ahead and leave me, I deserve it
Let me die alone here, be my guest
When it's too late
You'll see, just wait
Mother knows best

Mother knows best
Take it from your mumsy
On your own, you won't survive
Sloppy, under-dressed
Immature, clumsy
Please, they'll eat you up alive!

Gullible, naive
Positively grubby
Ditzy and a bit, well, hmm vague--
Plus, I believe
Gettin' kinda chubby
I'm just saying 'cause I wuv you!

Mother understands
Mother's here to help you
All I have is one request

[Rapunzel?]

[Yes?]

[Don't ever ask to leave this tower again.]

[Yes, Mother.]

[I love you very much, dear.]

[I love you more.]

[I love you most.]

Don't forget it
You'll regret it
Mother knows best!

Other AppearancesEdit

  • The song was featured on the Tangled: Original Soundtrack. This version included additional lyrics.

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See AlsoEdit

           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 ParadeFee-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)The Elegant Captain HookThe Siamese Cat SongCruella De VilMad Madam MimI Wanna Be Like YouTrust in MeThe Phony King of EnglandHeffalumps and WoozlesThe World's Greatest Criminal MindGoodbye, So SoonPoor Unfortunate SoulsLes PoissonsPoor Unfortunate Souls (Reprise)Home on the RangeGastonGaston (Reprise)The Mob SongPrince Ali (Reprise)Be PreparedThe Virginia CompanyThe Virginia Company (Reprise)Mine, Mine, MineSavages, Pt. 1Savages, Pt. 2The Bells of Notre DameOut ThereHellfireAnd 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 SongLove is an Open DoorShinyKnow Who You Are

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

Animated Sequels
I'm Looking Out for MeYou'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
It's a "B" MovieCutting EdgeWorthlessKidnap the Sandy ClawsOogie Boogie's SongI, Ivan KrankPetey's King of FranceIt's Our House NowIf I Ruled the World

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 SaleSecret of SurvivalBravo, Stromboli!Come Little ChildrenI Put a Spell on YouShiver My TimbersA Professional PirateLittle GirlsEasy StreetLittle Girls (Reprise)The Legend of Davy JonesFabulousNorth Pole, North PoleHello, Little GirlStay with MeAgonyLast MidnightMy Jolly Sailor BoldMermaidsLet'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 Shame

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 ManYzmopolisCedric 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 SmartestReady As I'll Ever BeReady 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 PiratesHurt Incantation"GlomTales" Theme Song

Deleted Songs
Rolling Along to Pleasure IslandI'm OddBeware the JabberwockNever Smile at a CrocodileEvil - 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 BoyBe Prepared (Reprise)Snuff Out the LightPerfect World (Yzma)Gonna Get My WishYou're YouIt's Gonna Get Weird

Theatrical Songs
Chow DownThe Madness of King ScarMeMaison Des LunesDiamond in the RoughAnother PyramidLike Father Like SonThe Bottom LineThe Bottom Line (Reprise)Hans of the Southern IslesHans of the Southern Isles (Reprise)

Videogames
I Love FurPuppies, Oh, PuppiesThe Rat TangoRunVillains of a SortOne-Winged AngelCasino ClashA Filthy FinaleOrganization XIIIUrsula's Revenge

Promotional Songs
Honest JohnMonstro the WhaleShadow Man

Parks
Hawaiian War ChantYo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)Grim Grinning Ghosts

           TangledNavbox Songs

Film
Healing IncantationMother Knows BestMother Knows Best (Reprise)

TV Series
Let Me Make You ProudLet Me Make You Proud (Reprise)Ready As I'll Ever BeHurt IncantationWaiting in the WingsWith You by My SideCrossing The LineWaiting in the Wings (Reprise)

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