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"Shiny" is a song from Disney's 2016 animated film, Moana. It is sung by Tamatoa and features the giant crab capturing and gloating to protagonists Moana and Maui, who came to find Maui's magical fishhook.

The song was performed by Tamatoa's voice actor, Jemaine Clement.

Lyrics

Well, Tamatoa hasn't always been this glam
I was a drab little crab once
Now I know I can be happy as a clam
Because I'm beautiful, baby

Did your granny say listen to your heart?
Be who you are on the inside?
I need three words to tear her argument apart
Your granny lied

I'd rather be shiny
Like a treasure from a sunken pirate wreck
Scrub the deck and make it look
Shiny
I will sparkle like a wealthy woman's neck
Just a sec

Don't you know
Fish are dumb, dumb, dumb
They chase anything that glitters
Beginners

Oh, and here they come, come, come
To the brightest thing that glitters
Mmm, fish dinners

I just love free food
(Free food)
And you look like seafood
(Seafood)

Well, well, well
Little Maui's having trouble with his look
You little semi-demi-mini-god
Ouch! What a terrible performance
Get the hook! (Get it?)
You don't swing it like you used to, man

Yet I have to give you credit for my start
And your tattoos on the outside
For just like you I made myself a work of art
I'll never hide, I can't, I'm too

Shiny
Watch me dazzle like a diamond in the rough
Strut my stuff, my stuff is so
Shiny
Send your armies but they'll never be enough
My shell's too tough, Maui man

You could try, try, try
But you can't expect a demigod
To beat a decapod (look it up)
You will die, die, die
Now it's time for me to take apart
Your aching heart

Far from the ones who abandoned you
Chasing the love of
These humans who made you feel wanted
You tried to be tough
But your armor's just not hard enough

Maui!
Now it's time to kick your hiney
Ever seen someone so

Shiny
Soak it in, cause it's the last you'll ever see
C'est la vie mon ami {That's life, my friend}
I'm so
Shiny
Now I'll eat you so prepare your final plea
Just for me

You'll never be quite as shiny
You wish you were nice and shiny

Tamatoa hasn't always been this glam
I was a drab little crab once
Now I know I can be happy as a clam
Because I'm beautiful, baby
Oh, did your daddy say to listen to your heart?
Be who you are on the inside?
I need three words to tear his argument apart
Your daddy lied

I'd rather be shiny
Like a treasure from a sunken pirate wreck
Scrub the deck and make it look shiny
I will sparkle like a wealthy woman's neck
Just a sec, don't you know?
Fish are dumb, dumb, dumb
They chase anything that glitters, beginners
Here they come, come, come
To the brightest thing that glitters
My dinners

You're far too hasty (hasty)
You look tasty (tasty)

Wow, little Maui's having trouble with his look
You little semi-demi-mini-god
Ouch! What a terrible performance
Get the hook! (Get it?)
You don't swing it like you used to, man

Yet I have to give you credit for my start
And your tattoos on the outside
For just like you I made myself a work of art
I'll never hide, I can't

I'm too shiny
I'm the sunrise on the surface of the sea
Look at me, you see I'm so shiny
The monsters see my weaponry and flee
C'est la vie, don't you know
I will shine, shine, shine
Like a rainbow after showers
Your powers will be mine, mine, mine
They'll be mourning you for hours
Bring flowers

Call me selfish (selfish)
Call me shellfish (shellfish)

Far from the gods who abandoned you
Chasing the love of these humans
Who made you feel wanted
It's never enough
Love yourself, get your armor up
They can see, your heart is a vacancy

So why not be shiny
Watch me dazzle like a diamond in the rough
Strut my stuff, my stuff is so shiny
Send your armies but they'll never be enough
My shell's too tough, Maui man

You could try, try, try
But I hate negotiations, prostrations
You will die, die, die
Never test a big crustacean's impatience

Unless you have something shiny
Unless you have something shiny

Other Appearances

  • The demo version of the song, performed by the film's composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, was included on the film's deluxe soundtrack
  • An instrumental, 8-bit version of the song is used in the mobile game Disney Crossy Road when playing as several Moana characters.
  • In the post-credits scene of Moana, Tamatoa (now pinned to the wall) sings a little bit of "Shiny", before he breaks the 4th wall by comparing himself to Sebastian from The Little Mermaid. The latter was also voiced by Jemaine Clement.

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Trivia

  • Late musical artist David Bowie served as inspiration for the song, specifically in Clement's theatrical performance and vocals.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda jokingly dubbed the song "Sebastian's Revenge", referencing how "Shiny" is the opposite of The Little Mermaid's song "Les Poissons" as the latter song features a human trying to eat a crab, while the former features a crab trying to eat a human.
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