Be Our Guest

"Be Our Guest" is a song written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman for Walt Disney Pictures' thirtieth animated feature film Beauty and the Beast. Originally recorded by American actor Jerry Orbach and English actress Angela Lansbury in their film roles as the characters Lumière and Mrs. Potts, "Be Our Guest" is an up-tempo Broadway and cabaret-style song. In the film, the song is performed in the style of a large-scale musical number by the castle's staff of enchanted servants to Belle in an attempt to make her feel welcome.



Ma cherie Mademoiselle,

It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure

That we welcome you tonight.

And now, we invite you to relax,

Let us pull up a chair

As the dining room proudly presents -

Your dinner!

Be... our... guest!

Be our guest!

Put our service to the test

Tie your napkin 'round your neck, cherie

And we'll provide the rest

Soup du jour

Hot hors d'oeuvres

Why, we only live to serve

Try the grey stuff

It's delicious!

Don't believe me?

Ask the dishes

They can sing!

They can dance!

After all, Miss, this is France!

And the dinner here is never second best!

Go on, unfold your menu

Take a glance and then you'll

Be our guest

Oui, our guest

Be our guest!

Lumière and Chorus:  

Beef ragout,

Cheese soufflé,

Pie and pudding "en flambé"


We'll prepare and serve with flair

A culinary cabaret!

You're alone

And you're scared

But the banquet's all prepared

No one's gloomy or complaining

While the flatware's entertaining

We tell jokes,

I do tricks!

With my fellow candlesticks


And it's all in perfect taste

That you can bet

Come on and lift your glass

You've won your own free pass

To be our guest


If you're stressed

It's fine dining we suggest!

Lumière and Chorus:  

Be our guest!

Be our guest!

Be our guest!


Life is so unnerving

For a servant who's not serving

He's not whole without a soul to wait upon

Ah, those good old days when we were useful

Suddenly those good old days are gone

Ten years we've been rusting

Needing so much more than dusting

Needing exercise, a chance to use our skills!

Most days we just lay around the castle

Flabby, fat and lazy

You walked in, and oops-a-daisy!

Mrs. Potts:

It's a guest!

It's a guest!

Sakes alive, well I'll be blessed!

Wine's been poured and thank the Lord

I've had the napkins freshly pressed

With dessert
She'll want tea

And my dear that's fine with me
While the cups do their soft-shoein'
I'll be bubbling, I'll be brewing
I'll get warm

Piping hot

Heaven's sakes! Is that a spot?

Clean it up!

We want the company impressed

We've got a lot to do!

Is it one lump or two?

For you, our guest!


She's our guest!

Mrs. Potts:

She's our guest!


She's our guest!


Be our guest

Be our guest

Our command is your request

It's been ten years since we've had anybody here

And we're obsessed

With your meal

With your ease

Yes, indeed, we aim to please

While the candlelight's still glowing

Let us help you

We'll keep going

Lumière and chorus:

Course by course!

One by one!

'Til you shout, "Enough! I'm done!"

Then we'll sing you off to sleep as you digest

Tonight you'll prop your feet up

But for now, let's eat up

Be our guest!

Be our guest!

Be our guest!

Please, be our guest!

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