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"Playing With the Big Boys" is a song from DreamWorks' 1998 animated epic film The Prince of Egypt. It features high priests Hotep and Huy mocking the power of Moses' God with their magic tricks in front of Pharaoh Rameses II.

The song was performed by Hotep and Huy's voice actors, Steve Martin and Martin Short, respectively, with a chorus as the priests.

Lyrics

By the power of Ra...
Mut... Nut... Khnum... Ptah...
Nephthys... Nekhbet... Sobek... Sekhment...
Sokar... Selket... Reshpu... Wadjet...
Anubis... Anukis... Seshmu... Meshkent...
Hemsut... Tefnut... Heket... Mafdet...
Ra... Mut... Nut... Ptah...
Hemsut... Tefnut... Sokar... Selket...
Seshmu... Reshpu... Sobek... Wadjet...
Heket... Mafdet... Nephthys... Nekhbet...
Ra...!

So you think you've got friends in high places
With the power to put us on the run?
Well, forgive us these smiles on our faces
You'll know what power is when we are done
Son...

You're playing with the big boys now
Playing with the big boys now
(Oh, that's pretty)
Every spell and gesture
Tells you who's the best
You're playing with the big boys now

(By the power of Ra)
You're playing with the big boys now
(Mut, Nut, Khnum, Ptah)
You're playing with the big boys now
(Hemsut, Tefnut, Sokar, Selket)
Stop this foolish mission
Watch a true magician!
Give an exhibition, how
Pick up your silly twig, boy
You're playing with the big boys now!

(By the power of Ra
Mut, Nut, Khnum, Ptah
Sobek, Sekhmet, Sokar, Selket
Anubis, Anukis
Hemsut, Tefnut, Meshkent, Mafdet…)

You're playing with the big boys now
You're playing with the big boys now
By the might of Horus
You will kneel before us
Kneel to our splendorous power...
You put up a front
You put up a fight
And just to show we feel no spite
You can be our acolyte
But first, boy, it's time to bow
(Kowtow!)
Or it's your own grave you'll dig, boy
You're playing with the big boys
Playing with the big boys
Playing with the big boys
Playing with the big boys
Playing with the big boys
Playing with the big boys
Now!

Other Appearances

  • The song was featured on the album The Prince of Egypt (Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
  • The song was included in the 2017 stage musical adaptation at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, but has been omitted in all stagings since the TheatreWorks premiere. Parts of the song were included in the musical's version of The Plagues.

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