"Silence is Golden" is a deleted song from Disney's 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid. It was going to feature Ursula trying, and succeeding, to convince Ariel to give up her voice in exchange of become a human, the song was a precursor of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" which ended up replacing it.

The only recorded version is a demo performed by the song's lyricist Howard Ashman.

Lyrics

You won't sing, you won't speak
Not a word, not a squeak
Not a peep, not a squeal
That's the price, love, that's the deal

But silence, silence is golden, my dear
Up there, they hate chatter
So what does it matter
If you become mute

[Nobody likes a loudmouth!]

I mean it
Silence, silence is golden, my dear
Don't you think you should try it
They'll say she's so quiet, so shy and cute!

Well take it or leave it, that's all, that's the bargain
Go on, take a stand, make a choice
Remember you’ll get the legs and the lungs and the prince
All I get is the voice

And you’ll be
Silent, but silence is golden, sign here
There’s no choice for you since
You’re in love with a prince
But relax, I’ve been told
Silence is gold!

[Okay, I'll sign!]

Beluga Sevrgua, come winds of the Caspian Sea
Larynxes Glacydis Ad max Laryngitis la voce to me

Now here goes
Ankles and toes
Almost complete
Legs and feet!

Enjoy it
Deploy it
This form yours to keep dear
I've done it, you're human
Good luck and breath deep, dear!

Silence is golden!

Other Appearances

  • Howard Ashman's demo was featured in the album The Music Behind the Magic.

Videos

Official

Covers

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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 ParadeMan ReturnsFee-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)A Pirate's Life (Reprise)The Elegant Captain HookThe Siamese Cat SongCruella De VilMad Madam MimI Wanna Be Like YouTrust in MeThe Phony King of EnglandHeffalumps and WoozlesA Huntin' ManThe World's Greatest Criminal MindGoodbye, So SoonPoor Unfortunate SoulsLes PoissonsPoor Unfortunate Souls (Reprise)Home on the RangeBelleGastonGaston (Reprise)The Mob SongPrince Ali (Reprise)Be PreparedStampedeThe Virginia CompanyThe Virginia Company (Reprise)Mine, Mine, MineSavages, Pt. 1Savages, Pt. 2The Bells of Notre DameOut ThereHellfireParis BurningAnd 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 SongMarch of the OreoLove is an Open DoorWolvesShinyKnow Who You Are

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

Animated Sequels
I'm Looking Out for MeForget About LoveYou'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 RagHere We Go Another PlanFeel Like a MillionPerfectly PerfectJust One Mistake

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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 SaleScroogeMarley and MarleyCome Little ChildrenI Put a Spell on YouShiver My TimbersA Professional PirateSecret of SurvivalLittle GirlsEasy StreetLittle Girls (Reprise)Bravo, Stromboli!The KrakenDavy JonesFabulousNorth Pole, North PoleHello, Little GirlStay with MeAgonyLast MidnightOnce Upon A DreamMy Jolly Sailor BoldMermaidsRainbow Connection (Moopets Version)Let'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 ShameQueen of Mean

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 ManYzmopolisBoom-Da-BoomMortimer MouseCedric 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 SmartestLet Me Make You ProudLet Me Make You Proud (Reprise)] • Ready 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 PiratesDecay IncantationWaiting in the WingsCrossing The LineWaiting in the Wings (Reprise)Nothing Left to LoseGoblin Jail"GlomTales" Theme SongI'm Not Very Nice

Deleted Songs
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Theatrical Songs
Another PyramidLike Father Like SonMeMaison Des LunesChow DownThe Madness of King ScarIt's Never Too LateI Want the Good Times BackSweet ChildLes Poissons (Reprise)I Want the Good Times Back (Reprise)Sweet Child (Reprise)Sweet Child (Reprise)Diamond in the RoughMake a Little NoiseFlower of GoldThe Bottom LineThe Bottom Line (Reprise)Hans of the Southern IslesHans of the Southern Isles (Reprise)

Video Games
I Love FurPuppies, Oh, PuppiesThe Rat TangoRunVillains of a SortOne-Winged AngelDr. Finkelstein's SongHail to Mr. OogieCasino ClashA Filthy FinaleOrganization XIIIUrsula's RevengeIt's a Small WorldOpeningThe Mad Doctor Isn't MadI'm Falling ApartThe Fall of PrescottThe Mad Doctor's PlanMad Doctor's Wonderful World of EvilPiece of My World

Promotional Songs
Honest JohnMonstro the WhaleThe Legend of Davy JonesShadow ManDo What I Wanna DoLove is a Magical Mystery

Parks
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Films
Poor Unfortunate SoulsLes PoissonsPoor Unfortunate Souls (Reprise)Just One MistakeJust One Mistake (Reprise)

Television
The 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 Lullaby

Musical
I Want the Good Times BackSweet ChildPoor Unfortunate SoulsLes PoissonsLes Poissons (Reprise)I Want the Good Times Back (Reprise)Sweet Child (Reprise)Poor Unfortunate Souls (Reprise)

Other
Silence is GoldenAll Good Things Must EndUrsula's RevengeGonna Get My Wish

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