♫ A Whole New World ♫

Peabo Bryson.  Be still my heart!  Peabo-BrysonThis romantic song was the theme to the Disney animated movie Aladdin (November 1992), where it was used as the love song between Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. Alan Menken wrote the music and Tim Rice wrote the lyrics. Menken also wrote music for the films Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Enchanted, as well as the score for Aladdin.  Tim Rice was brought in to work on this song after Alan Menken’s songwriting partner, Howard Ashman, died of complications from AIDS on March 14, 1991.

Probably the most famous recording of this is by Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion, and while I have nothing against that one, I happened upon this one a day or so ago and … be still my heart.  The duet is Peabo Bryson (have I mentioned — be still my heart?) and Andrea Tessa, the Chilean singer-songwriter, and I think it has a depth that other versions lack.  Of course, that is only the opinion of an old, near-deaf woman, so what do I know?  Maybe I just like looking at Peabo!

A Whole New World 
Peabo Bryson and Andrea Tessa

I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?

I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride

A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we’re only dreaming

A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I’m way up here
It’s crystal clear
That now I’m in a whole new world with you
Now I’m in a whole new world with you

Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky

A whole new world
Don’t you dare close your eyes
A hundred thousand things to see
Hold your breath – it gets better
I’m like a shooting star
I’ve come so far
I can’t go back to where I used to be

A whole new world
Every turn a surprise
With new horizons to pursue
Every moment red-letter
I’ll chase them anywhere
There’s time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you

A whole new world
That’s where we’ll be
A thrilling chase
A wondrous place
For you and me

Songwriters: Tim Rice / Alan Menken
A Whole New World (underscore) lyrics © Walt Disney Music Co. Ltd., Walt Disney Music Company, Disney, Warner Chappell Music France, WONDERLAND MUSIC CO. INC., WONDERLAND MUSIC COMPANY INC., WONDERLAND MUSIC COMPANY INC, WONDERLAND MUSIC CO., INC., WALT DISNEY MUSIC CO LTD

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