"Oogie Boogie's Song" is the main villain song from the film, The Nightmare Before Christmas sung by Oogie Boogie and his prisoner, Santa Claus. Due to time constraints, the instrumental break was cut from it in the film, while the second verse was omitted because its sequence which was to feature bugs dancing on Oogie Boogie's arm was deemed impossible and too difficult to animate after being storyboarded. But both were present on the soundtrack of the film.

A version with alternate lyrics was also used in the recent commercials for Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort since 2017, replacing the commercial where Cruella de Vil leads the villains to take over Disneyland during the Halloween season. A slightly different version appears in the Walt Disney World stage show Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.

Lyrics

Oogie Boogie:
Well, well, well, what have we here?
Sandy Claws, huh?
Ooh, I'm really scared!
So you're the one everybody's talkin' about?
Ha, ha, ha, ha!

You're jokin', you're jokin'!
I can't believe my eyes!
You're jokin' me, you gotta be,
This can't be the right guy!

He's ancient, he's ugly;
I don't know which is worse!
I might just split a seam now
If I don't die laughing first.

When Mr. Oogie Boogie says
There's trouble close at hand,
You'd better pay attention now
'Cause I'm the Boogie Man!

And if you aren't shakin',
There's something very wrong!
'Cause this may be the last time
You hear the Boogie Song!

Woah

Skeletons:
Woah

Oogie Boogie:
Woah

Skeletons:
Woah

Oogie Boogie:
Woah

Bats:
Woah

Oogie Boogie and Chorus:
I'm (he's) the Oogie Boogie Man!

Santa:
Release me now or you must face
The dire consequences
The children are expecting me
So please, come to your senses

Oogie Boogie:
You're jokin', you're jokin'!
I can't believe my ears!
Would someone shut this fella up?
I'm drownin' in my tears!

It's funny, I'm laughing;
You really are too much.
And now, with your permission,
I'm going to do my stuff...

Santa:
What are you going to do?

Oogie Boogie:
I'm going to do the best I can.

Oh, the sound of rollin' dice
To me is music in the air
'Cause I'm a gamblin' Boogie Man
Although I don't play fair.

It's much more fun, I must confess
When lives are on the line
Not mine, of course but yours, old boy,
Now that'd be just fine.

Santa:
Release me fast or you'll have to answer for this heinous act!

Oogie Boogie:
Oh brother, you're somethin'!
You put me in a spin! You aren't comprehending
The position that you're in.

It's hopeless, you're finished
You haven't got a prayer
'Cause I'm Mr. Oogie Boogie,
And you ain't goin' nowhere!

Oogie Boogie:
Well, well, well, what have we here?
Sandy Claws, huh?
Ooh, I'm really scared!
So you're the one everybody's talkin' about?
Ha, ha, ha, ha!

You're jokin', you're jokin'!
I can't believe my eyes!
You're jokin' me, you gotta be,
This can't be the right guy!

He's ancient, he's ugly;
I don't know which is worse!
I might just split a seam now
If I don't die laughing first.

When Mr. Oogie Boogie says
There's trouble close at hand,
You'd better pay attention now
'Cause I'm the Boogie Man!

And if you aren't shakin',
There's something very wrong!
'Cause this may be the last time
You hear the Boogie Song!

Woah

Skeletons:
Woah

Oogie Boogie:
Woah

Skeletons:
Woah

Oogie Boogie:
Woah

Bats:
Woah

Oogie Boogie and Chorus:
I'm (he's) the Oogie Boogie Man!

Oogie Boogie:
Well if I'm feelin' antsy
And there's nothin' much to do,
I might just cook a special batch
Of snake and spider stew.

And don't ya know the one thing
That would make it work so nice?
A roly-poly Sandy Claws
To add a little spice.

Chorus:
Woah

Oogie Boogie:
Woah

Chorus:
Woah

Oogie Boogie:
Woah

Chorus:
Woah

Oogie Boogie:
Oh, yeah

Oogie Boogie and Chorus:
I'm (he's) the Oogie Boogie Man!

Santa:
Release me now or you must face
The dire consequences
The children are expecting me
So please, come to your senses

Oogie Boogie:
You're jokin', you're jokin'!
I can't believe my ears!
Would someone shut this fella up?
I'm drownin' in my tears!

It's funny, I'm laughing;
You really are too much.
And now, with your permission,
I'm going to do my stuff...

Santa:
What are you going to do?

Oogie Boogie:
I'm going to do the best I can.

(Musical Interlude)

Oh, the sound of rollin' dice
To me is music in the air
'Cause I'm a gamblin' Boogie Man
Although I don't play fair.

It's much more fun, I must confess
When lives are on the line
Not mine, of course but yours, old boy,
Now that'd be just fine.

Santa:
Release me fast or you'll have to answer for this heinous act!

Oogie Boogie:
Oh brother, you're somethin'!
You put me in a spin! You aren't comprehending
The position that you're in.

It's hopeless, you're finished
You haven't got a prayer
'Cause I'm Mr. Oogie Boogie,
And you ain't goin' nowhere!

Well, well, well, what have we here?
A magical place
That's lookin' to get scared!
With bats and ghouls and cars in disguise
I'll cast quite a spell now
You won't believe your eyes!
Ha, ha, ha, ha!

<poem> Ooogie Boogie: Well, well, well, what have we here? (spoken) Winifred Sanderson: Well, i might ask the same thing of you, you - well, what are you? Oogie Boogie: Why, i'm just little ol' Oogie Boogie, that's all. You know, the shadow on the moon at night, filling your dreams to the brim with fright! Sarah Sanderson: Winnie! Nefarious nightmares. Winifred: Yes, yes. And what makes you so scary you overstuffed potato sack? Oogie Boogie: My dear, i'm the stuff of your worst nightmares. Winifred: Ja ja ja. Well, we don't have nightmares. We CAUSE nightmares! (singing) Oogie Boogie: You're jokin', you're jokin'! I can't believe my eyes! You're jokin' me, you gotta be, No matter how she tries! She's ancient, she's ugly; I don't know which is worse! I might just split a seam now If I don't die laughing first. Winifred: Why'd he say that? He dosen't even know me! Oogie Boogie: When Mr. Oogie Boogie says There's trouble close at hand, You'd better pay attention now 'Cause I'm the Boogie Man! And if you aren't shakin', There's something very wrong! 'Cause this may be the last time You hear the Boogie Song! Oh (Chorus: Oh) Oh (Chorus: Oh) Oh (Chorus: Oh. He's the Oogie Boogie man!) Well if i'm feeling antsy And there's no much left to do I might just cook a special snatch Of snake and spider stew And don't ya know the one thing That would make it work so nice A roly-poly Sandy' sis to add a little spice Oh (Chorus: Oh) Oh (Chorus: Oh) Oh (Chorus: Oh. He's the Oogie Boogie man!) You're jokin', you're jokin'! I can't believe my ears! Would someone shut this sista up? I'm drownin' in my tears! It's funny, I'm laughing; You really are too much. And now, with your permission, I'm going to do my stuff... (spoken) Sarah: Oooo! What are you gonna do? Oogie Boogie: I'm going to do the best I can. (Musical interlude) Oogie Boogie: Sisters, you're somethin'! You put me in a spin! You aren't comprehending The position that you're in. It's hopeless, you're finished You haven't got a prayer 'Cause I'm Mr. Oogie Boogie, And you ain't goin' NOWHERE!

Trivia

  • The exchange between Santa and Oogie Boogie ("What're you gonna do?" / "I'm gonna do the best I can.") is lifted out of the Betty Boop cartoon The Old Man of the Mountain, where Betty asks this question and gets the same response from the titular character (played by Cab Calloway).


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The Nightmare Before ChristmasKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysThe Pumpkin KingOogie's RevengeDisney UniverseDisney InfinitySoundtrackVideo
Disney Parks
Haunted Mansion Holiday

Entertainment: Oogie Boogie’s Freaky Funhouse Show
Parades: Disney's Fantillusion
Halloween: Disney's Not So Spooky SpectacularFrightfully Fun ParadeGlow in the Park Halloween ParadeHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularJack Skellington’s Villainous GatheringJourney to the Halloween TownThe Annex“This IS Halloween!” Dance PartyVillains Night Out!World of Color: Villainous!
Christmas: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Characters
Jack SkellingtonSallyOogie BoogieLock, Shock, and BarrelDr. FinkelsteinMayor of Halloween TownSanta ClausZeroClown with the Tear-Away FaceMr. HydeHarlequin DemonScary TeddyDuck ToyPumpkin-in-the-BoxVampiresIgorBehemothMonster Who Lives Under the StairsMonster Who Lives Under the BedThe Grim ReaperThe DevilWolfmanWinged DemonCorpse FamilyMummy BoyUndersea GalHanging TreeJewel
Objects
Worm’s WortFrog’s BreathDeadly Night ShadeFrog GunWorm's Wort SoupBat BoomerangPumpkin BombDog BiscuitsShrunken HeadRun-Over TurtleSoul Robber
Locations
Halloween TownChristmas Town
Songs
This Is HalloweenJack’s LamentWhat’s This?Town Meeting SongJack’s ObsessionKidnap the Sandy ClawsMaking ChristmasOogie Boogie's SongSally’s SongPoor Jack FinaleDr. Finkelstein's Song
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