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Belle

Belle is a song written by lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken for Walt Disney Pictures 30th animated feature film Beauty and the Beast (1991). Originally recorded by actress Paige O'Hara and actor Richard White, "Belle" is a French and classical-inspired song that incorporates musical elements from both the Broadway and musical theatre genres. The film's first song, "Belle" is a large-scale operetta-style musical number that introduces the film's book-loving heroine Belle, a non-conforming young woman who has grown weary of the provincial village life that she is being forced to live, and Gaston who desires her hand in marriage.

Lyrics Edit

Belle

Little town, it's a quiet village

Every day like the one before

Little town, full of little people

Waking up to say


Townfolks

Bonjour! (5x)

Belle

There goes the baker with his tray, like always

The same old bread and rolls to sell

Every morning just the same

Since the morning that we came

To this poor provincial town

(Speaking segment)

Baker: Good Morning, Belle!

Belle: Good morning, Monsieur.

Baker: And where are you off to?

Belle: The bookshop. I just finished the most wonderful story. About a beanstalk and an ogre and a -

Baker: That's nice. Marie! The baguettes! Hurry up!

(End speaking segment)

Townsfolk

Look there she goes, that girl is strange, no question

Dazed and distracted, can't you tell?

WomanNever part of any crowd

ManCause her head's up on some cloud
Townsfolk: No denying she's a funny girl that Belle

ManBonjour!

WomanGood day!

ManHow is your fam'ly?

Woman 2Bonjour!

Man 2 : Good day!

Woman 2 : How is your wife?

Woman 3 : I need six eggs!

Man 3That's too expensive!

BelleThere must be more than this provincial life!

(Speaking segment)

Bookstore owner: Ah! Belle! 

Belle: Good morning, I've come to return the book I borrowed.

Bookstore owner: Finished already?

Belle: Oh, I couldn't put it down! Have you got anything new? 

Bookstore owner: Not since yesterday.

Belle: That's alright. I'll borrow... this one.

Bookstore owner: That one? But you've read it twice!

Belle: It's my favorite. Far-off places, daring swordfights, magic spells, a prince in disguise...

Bookstore owner: If you like it all that much, it's yours. 

Belle: But sir...

Bookstore owner: I insist.

Belle: Well, thank you! Thank you very much!

(End speaking segment)

Townsfolk

Look there she goes, that girl is so peculiar

I wonder if she's feeling well

With a dreamy, far-off look

And her nose stuck in a book

What a puzzle to the rest of us is Belle

Belle

Oh, isn't this amazing?

It's my favorite part because you'll see

Here's where she meets Prince Charming

But she won't discover that it's him 'til chapter three!

Woman

Now it's no wonder that her name means "Beauty"

Her looks have got no parallel

Shopkeeper

But behind that fair façade

I'm afraid she's rather odd

Very diff'rent from the rest of us

Townsfolk

She's nothing like the rest of us

Yes, diff'rent from the rest of us is Belle!

(Speaking segment)

LeFou: Wow! You didn't miss a shot, Gaston!

You're the greatest hunter in the whole world!

Gaston: I know.

LeFou: No beast alive stands a chance against you - And no girl, for that matter

Gaston: It's true, LeFou. And I've got my sight set on that one.

LeFou: The inventor's daughter?

Gaston: She's the one, the lucky girl

I'm going to marry.

LeFou: But she -

Gaston: The most beautiful girl in town.

LeFou: I know, but -

Gaston: That makes her the best. And don't I deserve the best?

LeFou: But of course! I mean, you do! But I -

(End speaking segment)

Gaston

Right from the moment when I met her, saw her

I said she's gorgeous and I fell

Here in town there's only she

Who is beautiful as me

So I'm making plans to woo and marry Belle

Bimbettes : 

Look there he goes

Isn't he dreamy?

Monsieur Gaston

Oh he's so cute!

Be still my heart

I'm hardly breathing

He's such a tall, dark, strong and handsome brute!

Woman 1Bonjour!

GastonPardon

BelleGood day

Woman 2Mais oui!

Woman 3You call this bacon?

Woman 4What lovely grapes!

Man 1Some cheese

Woman 5Ten yards!

Man 1One pound

GastonExcuse me! Please let me through!

Cheese merchantI'll get the knife

Woman 6This bread -

Woman 7Those fish -

Woman 6it's stale!

Woman 7they smell!

MenMadame's mistaken.

WomenWell, maybe so

TownsfolkGood morning! Oh, good morning!

BelleThere must be more than this provincial life!

GastonJust watch, I'm going to make Belle my wife!

Townsfolk

Look there she goes

The girl is strange, but special

A most peculiar mad'moiselle!

WomenIt's a pity and a sin

MenShe doesn't quite fit in

Townsfolk

Cause she really is a funny girl

A beauty but a funny girl

She really is a funny girl

That Belle!

Bonjour! (5x)

Man

Bonjour!

Reprise Edit

Belle:  Is he gone? Can you imagine? He asked me to marry him! Me, the wife of that boorish, brainless ...

Madame Gaston,

Can't you just see it?

Madame Gaston,

His little wife.

No, sir!

Not me!

I guarantee it,

I want much more than this provincial life!

I want adventure in the great wide somewhere,

I want it more than I can tell!

And for once it might be grand,

To have someone understand.

I want so much more than they've got planned...

VideosEdit

Belle (Little Town) - Beauty and the Beast (1991)05:41

Belle (Little Town) - Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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