God Help the Outcasts

Alan Menken, Heidi Mollenhauer

About God Help the Outcasts

"God Help the Outcasts" is a song written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz for Walt Disney Pictures' 34th animated feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996). A pop ballad, the song is performed by American singer Heidi Mollenhauer as the singing voice of Esmeralda on American actress Demi Moore's behalf, who provides the character's speaking voice. A prayer, "God Help the Outcasts" is a somber hymn in which a beset Esmeralda asks God to shield outcasts and Roma like herself against racism and discrimination at the hands of Paris and Judge Claude Frollo. The song also establishes Esmeralda as a selfless, empathetic character with whom Quasimodo falls in love. After Menken and Schwartz wrote "God Help the Outcasts", directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale and Disney CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg debated whether or not the film required a more uplifting song; Menken and Schwartz wrote the inspirational "Someday" with which to replace "God Help the Outcasts" at the behest of Katzenberg. However, Wise and Trousdale ultimately decided that "God Help the Outcasts", a religious ballad, was more suitable for the scene. 


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I don't know if you can hear me
Or if you're even there
I don't know if you would listen
To a gypsy's prayer

Yes I know I'm just an outcast
I shouldn't speak to you
Still I see your face and wonder
Were you once an outcast too

God help the outcasts
Hungry from birth
Show them the mercy
They don't find on earth

God help my people
We look to you still
God help the outcasts
Or nobody will

(I ask for wealth, I ask for fame
I ask for glory to shine on my name)

(I ask for love I can't possess
I ask for God and his angels
To bless me)

I ask for nothing
I can get by
But I know so many
Less lucky than I

Please help my people
The poor and down trod
I thought we all were
The children of God

God help the outcasts
Children of

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Alan Menken

Alan Irwin Menken (born July 22, 1949) is an American musical theatre and film composer and pianist. more »

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