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"Gaston" is a song sung by Gaston, LeFou, Gaston's Buddies, and the Villagers in Beauty and the Beast. It was sung to cheer up Gaston after Belle rejects his marriage proposal, and was started by Lefou. It is most famous for the memetic phrase "No one [verb]s like Gaston," which became so popular it even appeared as Gaston's catchphrase in House of Mouse.

Plot

After Belle humiliates him while rejecting his marriage proposal, Gaston sulks at the fireplace within his tavern. To lift his spirits, LeFou and the villagers sing about how Gaston is good at basically everything and that he compares to no one. This manages to cheer him up. After the song, Maurice barges into the tavern, frantically seeking assistance to rescue Belle from the Beast. Believing he's lost his sanity upon dishing out such a seemingly implausible story, he is thrown out of the tavern. However, Gaston is inspired by Maurice's supposedly far-fetched tale to force Belle into marrying him and sings a reprise of the song with LeFou, to whom he explains his plan.

Lyrics

LeFou: Gosh, it disturbs me to see you, Gaston
Looking so down in the dumps
Every guy here'd love to be you, Gaston
Even when taking your lumps
There's no man in town as admired as you
You're everyone's favorite guy
Everyone's awed and inspired by you
And it's not very hard to see why!

No one's slick as Gaston
No one's quick as Gaston
No one's neck's as incredibly thick as Gaston
For there's no man in town half as manly!
Perfect, a pure paragon!
You can ask any Tom, Dick or Stanley
And they'll tell you whose team they prefer to be on!

LeFou and Chorus: No one's been like Gaston
A king pin like Gaston
LeFou: No one's got a swell cleft in his chin like Gaston
Gaston: As a specimen, yes, I'm intimidating!
LeFou and Chorus: My what a guy, that Gaston!
Give five "hurrahs!" Give twelve "hip-hips!"
LeFou: Gaston is the best and the rest is all drips!

Chorus: No one fights like Gaston
Douses lights like Gaston
In a wrestling match nobody bites like Gaston!
Bimbettes: For there's no one as burly and brawny
Gaston: As you see, I've got biceps to spare
LeFou: Not a bit of him's scraggly or scrawny.
Gaston: That's right!
And every last inch of me's covered with hair!

Chorus: No one hits like Gaston
Matches wits like Gaston
LeFou: In a spitting match nobody spits like Gaston
Gaston: I'm especially good at expectorating! Ptoooie!
Chorus: Ten points for Gaston!

Gaston: When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs
Ev'ry morning to help me get large
And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs
So I'm roughly the size of a barge

Chorus: No one shoots like Gaston
Makes those beauts like Gaston
LeFou: Then goes tromping around
Wearing boots like Gaston!
Gaston: I use antlers in all of my decorating!

[Heard only in the soundtrack version]
Chorus:
Say it again!
Who's a man among men?
And then say it once more
Who's that hero next door?
Who's a super success?
Don't you know? Can't you guess?
Ask his fans and his five hangers-on
There's just one guy in town
Who's got all of it down...
LeFou: And his name's G-A-S... T...
G-A-S-T-E...
G-A-S-T-O... ohh, ow...
Chorus: GASTON!!!

[Heard only in the film version]
Chorus: My what a guy!
GASTON!

Gaston: LeFou, I'm afraid I've been thinking
LeFou: A dangerous pastime
Gaston: I know,
But that wacky old coot is Belle's father
And his sanity's only so-so
Now the wheels in my head have been turning
Since I looked at that loony old man
See, I promised myself I'd be married to Belle
And right now I'm evolving a plan!

If I... *whispering*
LeFou: Yes?
Gaston: Then we... *whispering*
LeFou: No, would she?
Gaston: *whispering* Guess!
LeFou: Now I get it!
Gaston and LeFou: Let's go!

No one plots like Gaston
Gaston: Takes cheap shots like Gaston
LeFou: Plans to persecute harmless crackpots like Gaston!
Chorus: So his marriage we soon will be celebrating
My what a guy
Gaston!

Gaston: LeFou, I'm afraid I've been thinking
It's a dangerous pastime, I know
But that wacky old coot is Belle's father
And his sanity's only so-so
Now the wheels in my head have been turning
Since I looked at that loony old man
See, I've promised myself I'll be married to Belle
And right now I'm evolving a plan!

If I... *whispering*
LeFou: Yes?
Gaston: Then we... *whispering*
LeFou: No, would she?
Gaston: *whispering* Guess!
LeFou: Now I get it!
Gaston and LeFou: Let's go!

Chrous: No one plots like Gaston
Gaston: Takes cheap shots like Gaston
LeFou: Plans to persecute harmless crackpots like Gaston!
Gaston: Yes, I'm endlessly wildly resourceful
LeFou: As down to the depths you descend
Gaston: I won't even be mildly remorseful
Just as long as I get what I want in the end!

Chorus: Who has brains like Gaston
Entertains like Gaston
LeFou: Who can make up these endless refrains like Gaston?
Chorus: And his marriage we soon will be celebrating

Say it again!
Who's a ten out of ten?
Then let's say it once more
Like we did heretofore
He's a champ, he's an ace
It's all over his face
He's got brains and especially brawn
It's Gaston!
Gaston: Thank you boys!
Chorus: Gaston!
Gaston: Oh, please!
Chorus: GASTON!!!
Gaston: That's me!

LeFou: Gosh, it disturbs me to see you, Gaston
Looking so down in the dumps
Every guy here'd love to be you, Gaston
Even when taking your lumps
There's no man in town as admired as you
You're everyone's favorite guy
Everyone's awed and inspired by you
And it's not very hard to see why!

No one's slick as Gaston
No one's quick as Gaston
No one's neck's as incredibly thick as Gaston's
For there's no man in town half as manly!
Village Lasses: Perfect, a pure paragon!
LeFou: You can ask any Tom, Dick or Stanley
And they'll tell you whose team they prefer to be on

LeFou and Chorus: Who plays darts like Gaston
Who breaks hearts like Gaston
LeFou: Who's much more than the sum of his parts like Gaston?
Gaston: As a specimen, yes, I'm intimidating!
LeFou and Chorus: My what a guy, that Gaston!

Gaston: I needed encouragement--thank you, LeFou!
LeFou: Well, there's no one as easy to bolster as you! ...Too much?
Gaston: Yep.

Chorus: No one fights like Gaston
Douses lights like Gaston
LeFou: In a wrestling match nobody bites like Gaston!

Gaston: When I hunt I sneak up with my quiver
And beasts of the field say a prayer
First I carefully aim for the liver
Then I shoot from behind
LeFou: Is that fair?
Gaston: I don't care.

Chorus: No one hits like Gaston
Matches wits like Gaston
LeFou: In a spitting match nobody spits like Gaston
Gaston: I'm especially good at expectorating! *spits*
Chorus: Ten points for Gaston!

Gaston: When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs
Ev'ry morning to help me get large
And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs
So I'm roughly the size of a barge!

(instrumental break)

LeFou and Chorus: Who has brains like Gaston
Entertains like Gaston
Gaston: Who can make up these endless refrains like Gaston?
I use antlers in all of my decorating

Chorus: Say it again!
Who's a man among men?
Who's a super success?
Don't you know? Can't you guess?
Ask his fans and his five hangers-on
There's just one guy in town
Who's got all of it down...
LeFou: And his name's G-A-S... T...
I believe there's another T...
It just occurred to me that I'm illiterate and I've never actually had to spell it out loud before...
Chorus: GASTON!!!

Videos

Trivia

  • The version of the song featured on the soundtrack notably includes a small scene where LeFou tries to spell Gaston's name. This scene was cut from the film's version, however. This stanza was reinstated in the 2017 version, with LeFou justifying why he is unable to spell it by mentioning that he is illiterate.
  • The song was originally supposed to have different lyrics. However, the test lyrics proved to be so popular during development that they were used in the final version.
  • The third issue of the Marvel Comics serial for Beauty and the Beast's ending had Gaston and LeFou engaging in similar dialogue to the beginning of the Gaston song.
  • In the reprise, the final verses in the film version imply that the entire village (exempting possibly the Bimbettes) knew and agreed with Gaston's plans of blackmail.
    • The Broadway version, however, omits this implication by having everyone leave the tavern before Gaston and LeFou start plotting. Consequentially, this resulted in LeFou and Gaston actually singing the final verses in the musical, which had previously been reserved for the chorus in the film. In addition, the comic adaptation also cuts out the song entirely and implies that, besides LeFou and the warden, no one actually knew about the plot.
      • The lyrics used in the Broadway version of the reprise were based on the version of the song used in the first draft, barring that in the first draft, it was implied with the final lyrics that everyone, or at least Gaston's buddies, proceeded to sing the final lyrics.[1]
    • In addition, the live action version had additional lyrics where Gaston explains that he tends to shoot his prey from behind regardless of whether it was fair, foreshadowing his nearly killing Beast via that method. These lyrics were also in the first draft for the original film.
  • According to the first draft of Linda Woolverton's take of the film, the song, or at least how it was presented in the draft, was taken from similar melodies in the operetta The Student Prince.
  • In the initial draft for the lyrics, the lyrics "In a wrestling match, nobody bites like Gaston" and "For there's no one as burly and brawny" were originally intended to be sung by LeFou, while in the final version, they were sung by Stanley and the Bimbettes, respectively.
  • In the animated film, when singing how he's roughly the size of a barge, Gaston flexes his muscles. In the live-action film, Gaston lifts up LeFou and a bar patron on his shoulders.
  • The song can be seen as a metaphor for enabling someone's vices instead of correcting them as LeFou and the villagers stroke Gaston's ego rather than tell him how he can improve himself as a person.

References


v - e - d
Beauty and the beast logo
Media
Films: Beauty and the BeastThe Enchanted ChristmasBelle's Magical World2017 Live-Action FilmVideo

Television: Sing Me a Story with BelleBelle's Tales of FriendshipA Poem Is...
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's PrinceThe New Adventures of Beauty and the BeastWinter WonderlandSittin' Pretty!Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the BeastDisney Princess BeginningsAs Old as Time (A Twisted Tale)Royal Weddings
Marvel Comics: A Chance For RomanceWardrobe's Big SurpriseThe Wishful WalkAlmost Amour!Lyrical Love Part 1 and 2Dove Tales Part 1 and 2
Video Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game)Belle's QuestRoar of the BeastA Board Game AdventureDisney InfinityDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts χKingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χDisney Enchanted TalesDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Crossy RoadBeauty and the Beast: Perfect MatchDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Music: Beauty and the Beast (soundtrack)Beauty and the Beast (2017 soundtrack)The Legacy Collection

Disney Parks
Animated Film: Beauty and the Beast Sing-AlongCastle of Magical DreamsDisney Animation BuildingDisney Friends of the MonthEnchanted Tale of Beauty and the BeastFairy Tale ForestLe Pays des Contes de FéesMickey's PhilharMagicPrincess PavilionVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Live-Action Film: Disney Movie MagicDisney Illuminations
Entertainment: A Table is WaitingBeauty and the Beast Live on StageCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicEnchanted Tales with BelleFantasmic!Feel the MagicMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Magical Music WorldMickey and the MagicianOnce Upon a MouseThe PavilionRoyal Princess Music CelebrationRoyal TheatreThe Golden MickeysThe Starlit Princess Waltz
Restaurants: Be Our Guest RestaurantGaston's TavernRed Rose Taverne
Shops: Bonjour! Village Gifts
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's FantillusionDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney's Party ExpressDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Mickey's Rainy Day ExpressMove It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street PartyMickey's Soundsational ParadePaint the Night ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLightsVillains Cursed CaravanWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Firework: Celebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney Dreams!Disney in the StarsMagic, Music and MayhemThe Magic, the Memories and YouMagicalOnce Upon a TimeWishesWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color
Spring: Disney Color-Fest: A Street Party!Disney Pirate or Princess: Make Your Choice
Summer: Mickey's WaterWorks
Halloween: It's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsLet's Get WickedMaze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment ContinuesThe Disney Villains Halloween Showtime
Christmas: Disney Christmas StoriesRoyal Christmas Wishes

Characters
Original: BelleBeastCogsworthLumiereMrs. PottsChipThe Potts ChildrenChef BoucheVillagersMauricePhilippeGastonLeFouBimbettesSultanWardrobeFifiEnchantressMonsieur D'ArqueWolvesMusic BoxCoat RackGaston's BuddiesThe BooksellerPierrePalanquin

Enchanted Christmas: AngeliqueForteFife
Belle's Magical World: WebsterCraneLe PlumeWitherspoonChandeleria
Deleted Characters: ClariceMargueriteBelle's SistersBelle's SuitorsBelle's Mother
Sing Me a Story with Belle: HarmonyBig BookLewis and Carol
Book Characters: Countess de la PerleThunderLoveDeath
Remake: CadenzaJean PottsThe KingThe Queen

Songs
Original: PrologueBelleGastonBe Our GuestSomething ThereHuman AgainBeauty and the BeastThe Mob Song

Broadway: No Matter WhatMeHomeHow Long Must This Go On?If I Can't Love HerMaison Des LunesA Change in Me
Enchanted Christmas: StoriesAs Long As There's ChristmasDon't Fall in LoveA Cut Above the Rest
Belle's Magical World: A Little ThoughtListen With Our Hearts
Live-Action Film: AriaHow Does A Moment Last ForeverDays in the SunEvermore

Locations
Beast's CastleLibraryBelle's CottageVillageBallroomThe Black ForestTavernThe West WingBelle's Room
Objects
The Enchanted RoseEnchanted MirrorMaurice's Machine
See Also
Beauty and the Beast (musical)Beauty and the Beast Jr.Disney RenaissanceOriginal Screenplay
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