"Poor Unfortunate Souls (Reprise)", also known as "Vanessa's Song", is a song from Disney's 1989 animated feature film The Little Mermaid. It features Ursula, in her human disguise of Vanessa, gloating about how her evil plans are working.
The song was performed by Vanessa's voice actress Jodi Benson.
What a lovely little bride I'll make
My dear, I'll look divine!
Things are working out according to my ultimate design!
Soon I'll have that little mermaid,
and the ocean will be mine!
[Brother darling! You're right on cue.]
[Give Ariel back to me!]
[Not on your life!]
It so happens that your daughter signed a contract,
Even drew a little heart above the "i"
Is it binding? Goodness, yes!
[There is a little somethin' we could try.]
Perhaps we can arrange a sort of tradeoff.
Maybe swap your daughter's soul for, say, your own
Sign the scroll and set her free
Or else she comes with me
To suffer through eternity alone...
[The mute little hatchling, drowning in her own sorrow, with no voice left to cry out your name... Well? I'm waiting.]
[It's not my soul you're after-it's my power.]
[Which would you rather be?"
The King of the Sea... or a father to his little girl?]
[Finally! The oceans belong to me!]
And now you poor unfortunate soul!
Time's up! You're through!
Now the power of Poseidon
Has been once again made whole
All the magic of the trident
And the shell in my control!
And now dark shall reign forever
Over ocean, sea and shoal!
[Now see for yourselves how banishment feels!]
You poor unfortunate soul!
And at last, I'll live the life that I have longed for,
All the glamour and the glitter and the glitz,
Not to mention, by the way,
A great seafood buffet,
I love my subjects literally to bits.
As for those poor unfortunate souls:
My reign, my rules!
I'd employ delicious terror from the trenches to the shoals,
And enjoy sadistic pleasures from the tropics to the poles,
And, oh boy, I'll get revenge with you-know-who in starring roles...
The song was featured on the album Walt Disney Records the Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid.
A completely different version of the song with the same title was featured in the Broadway adaptation, instead being sung when Ursula is bartering with King Triton for Ariel's life. This version was featured on the show's soundtrack.
A new version of the song was performed by Queen Latifah on the television special The Little Mermaid Live!