The song was composed by Alan Menken, and lyrics were provided by the late Howard Ashman. "Human Again" was a song planned to be included, but due to complications, it was put away and would not be used until the 1994 musical and 2002 IMAX release. This was also the last song written for the movie and one of Howard Ashman's final songs before his death.
The song is performed soon after the Beast saves Belle from the wolf attack, and their initially shady relationship begins to blossom into a friendship. Small hints of romance are beginning to be seen as well.
The lyrical content of the song strongly emphasizes upon the fact that Belle and the Beast are beginning to fall in love. The main characters are beginning to think maybe something was absent within the first few hours Belle and the Beast met, causing them to clash. But now that the "something" is here, the love is flowing in a more stable pattern. The other servants are touched by the romance before them, and Mrs. Potts doesn't allow Chip to find out until he is older.
Belle: There's something sweet
And almost kind
But he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined
And now he's dear, and so unsure
I wonder why I didn't see it there before
Beast: She glanced this way
I thought I saw
And when we touched she didn't shudder at my paw
No it can't be, I'll just ignore
But then she's never looked at me that way before
Belle: New and a bit alarming
Who'd have ever thought that this could be
True that he's no Prince Charming?
But there's something in him that I simply didn't see
Lumière: Well, who'd have thought?
Mrs. Potts: Well, bless my soul
Cogsworth: Well, who'd have known?
Mrs. Potts: Well, who indeed?
Lumière: And who'd have guessed they'd come together on their own?
Mrs. Potts: It's so peculiar.
Lumière/Mrs. Potts/Cogsworth: We'll wait and see, a few days more
There may be something there that wasn't there before
Cogsworth: You know, perhaps there's something there
That wasn't there before
Chip: (Spoken) What?
Mrs. Potts: There may be something there that wasn't there before
Chip: (Spoken) What's there, mama?
Mrs. Potts: (Spoken) Shh! I'll tell you when you're older.
- Seemingly, Paige O'Hara, the voice of Belle, had trouble singing the "new and a bit alarming" part of the song because it was rather high for her vocal range. So Alan Menken and Howard Ashman told her to sing it like Grammy-winner Barbra Streisand, and it obviously helped.
- The song has some similarity with another track "Belle", especially the "New and a bit alarming" part with "Oh, isn't this amazing?"
- Scenes from the song (particularly the snowball fight and their being in front of the fireplace) were used for the endings of Issues 3 and and 13 of the Beauty and the Beast comics line by Marvel Comics.
- In the 1991 film, Belle and the Beast sing internally, but in the remake, they sing externally.