Human Again

Jo Anne Worley, Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers, Disney, Jerry Orbach

About Human Again

"Human Again" is a song originally written for, deleted from, and later restored to the 1991 Disney animated musical Beauty and the Beast. With music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, "Human Again" was replaced during production of the original 1991 version of the film by "Something There", but retained and revised by Menken and new lyricist Tim Rice for the 1994 stage musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. A newly produced sequence featuring "Human Again" was added to the Beauty and the Beast animated film for its 2002 IMAX Special Edition and subsequent DVD, VHS, and Blu-Ray home releases. The song is an upbeat waltz, with lyrics sung by several of the enchanted objects/house servants in the castle of the Beast, who are hopeful that now that he and Belle are getting closer to one another, they could fall in love and break the spell on their castle, which would restore all of them to human form. The song also expands the role of The Wardrobe, giving her a solo verse in the number. In the film, where it falls between "Something There" and "Beauty and the Beast", "Human Again" is primarily performed by Lumière (Jerry Orbach), Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers), Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury), and The Wardrobe (Jo Anne Worley). Neither Belle nor the Beast sing in the song, but they are seen in a brief scene where Belle teaches the Beast to read starting with Romeo & Juliet (King Arthur in the stage version and demo). 


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Ah human again
Human again
Yes, think of what that means

I'll be cooking again
Be good-looking again
With a mademoiselle on each arm
When I'm human again
Only human again
Poised and polished and gleaming with charm
I'll be courting again
Chic and sporting again

Which should cause severance husbands alarm

I'll hop down off the shelf
And toute suite be myself
I can't wait to be human again

When we're human again
Only human again
When we're knickknacks and what not no more

When we're human again, good and human again
O, cherie, won't it all be top drawer?
I'll wear lipstick and rouge
And I won't be so huge
Why, I'll easily fit through that door
I'll exude savoir faire
I'll wear gowns, I'll have hair
It's my prayer to be human again

When we're human again, only human again
When the world once more starts making sense
I'll unwind, for a change
Really that'd be strange
Can I help it if I'm tense
In a shack by the sea, I'll sit back, sipping tea
Let my early retirement commence
Far from fools made of wax, I'll get down to brass tacks and relax
When I'm human again

So sweep the dust from the floor
Let's let some light in the room
I can feel, I can tell someone might break the spell any day now

Shine up the brass on the door
Alert the dust pail and broom
If it all goes as planned our time may be at hand any day now

Open the shutters and let in some air
Put these here and put those over there
Sweep up the years, the sadness and tears and throw them away

We'll be human again, only human again
When the girl finally sets us all free
Cheeks a-blooming again, we're assuming again
We'll resume our long-lost joie de vivre
We'll be playing again, holidaying again
And we're praying it's ASAP
We will push, we will shove
They will both fall in love
And we'll finally be human again

We'll be dancing again
We'll be twirling again
We'll be whirling around with such ease
When we're human again
Only human again
We'll go waltzing those old one-two-threes
We'll be floating again!
We'll be gliding again!
Stepping, striding as fine as you please
Like a real human does
I'll be all that I was
On that glorious morn
When we're finally reborn
And we're all of us human again

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Written by: Howard Elliott Ashman, Alan Menken

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11 facts about this song

Song Composition
"Human Again" is a song composed by Alan Menken, with lyricist Howard Ashman. This duo is responsible for some of Disney's most iconic songs.
Movie Inclusion
The song was initially composed for the animated film "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), but was cut from the original theatrical version due to story pacing issues.
Lyricist's Passing
Sadly, Howard Ashman passed away during the production of "Beauty and the Beast." The song "Human Again" was one of his last works.
Later Inclusion
It was later included in the 2002 special edition of the film and forms a staple part of the musical stage version.
Theatrical Release
Before its eventual inclusion into the 2002 film release, "Human Again" was initially introduced to audiences in the 1994 Broadway stage production.
Song's Theme
The song provides a moment of hope and character development for the enchanted objects in Beast’s castle, expressing their longing to be human again after being transformed by a wicked spell.
Duration of Song
At approximately 9 minutes, the song sequence "Human Again" is one of Disney's longer musical scenes.
The sequence featuring "Human Again" in the 2002 release is not just rehashed animations but includes newly animated scenes.
Song's Impact
Despite its late inclusion, "Human Again" has influenced the plot of several Beauty and the Beast adaptations and is now considered one of the classic songs from the film.
In Homage
The film "Beauty and the Beast" is dedicated to Howard Ashman, who didn't get to see the success of the movie or hear the final version of the song "Human Again."
Background Chorus
All the character voices heard singing in "Human Again" were done by the film's original voice cast who reprised their roles specifically for this song.

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