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"That's What Friends Are For (The Vulture Song)" is a song sung by Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and Dizzy, Mowgli and Shere Khan in The Jungle Book.

This song was included on the VHS, Disney Sing Along Songs: Friend Like Me.

Lyrics

The Vultures:
We're your friends
We're your friends
We're your friends to the bitter end (the bitter end)

When you're alone (when you're alone)
Who comes around (who comes around)
To pluck you up (To pluck you up)
When you are down (When you are down)

And when you're outside, looking in
Who's there to open the door

That's what friends are for

Who's always eager to extend
A friendly claw
That's what friends are for
And when you're lost in dire need

Who's at your side at lightning speed
We're friends of every creature
Comin' down the pike
In fact we never met an animal we didn't like

Mowgli/The Vultures
Didn't like

The Vultures
So you can see
We're friends in need
And friends in need
Are friends indeed
We'll keep you safe
In the jungle forevermore

Shere Khan:
And that's what friends are for

The Vultures:
We're your friends

Rocky:
They're your friends

The Vultures:
We're your friends
Until the bitter end
When you're down-in
Who comes around
To pluck you up
When you are down?
When you're out
And the cover picks you
Up off the floor

The Vultures/Rocky:
Aha Aha Aha
That's what friends are for

The Vultures:
When you're lost
In dire need
Who's at your side
At lightning speed?
And when you're outside looking in,
Who's there to open the door?

Rocky:
That's what friends are for

The Vultures:
You know the zebra,
The hyena, and the kangaroo,
The cobra and the lion
All agree it's true
We're fond of every creature
Coming down the pike

Rocky:
In fact, they've never met an animal they didn't like

The Vultures:
To all that's near,
To all your chums,
You have it clear
When danger comes.
And so we're eager to extend
A friendly claw

Rocky:
That's what friends are for

The Vultures:
You know the armadillo,
Elephant, and wild boar

Rocky:
The cheetah and the anteater
They adore

The Vultures:
We even dined with the rhino
And his shiny spike

Rocky:
In fact they've never met an animal they didn't like

The Vultures:
So you can see

Rocky:
We're friends in need

The Vultures/Rocky:
And friends in need
Are friends indeed

The Vultures:
We'll keep you safe
In the jungle forevermore

The Vultures/Rocky:
That's what friends are for

Trivia

  • When Richard Sherman presented a live demo version of the song, he was told by members of the staff to keep in mind the fact that Walt had a different dialect than the rest of the team, so any deviation in pronunciation would confuse him. It eventually got to the point where the vultures were to sing "And when you're lost/ who hovers near/ to fluff you up/ when you are down..." but Richard struggled with pronouncing "hover" since Walt pronounced it as "hoover". Everyone started to break-down laughing, including Walt, necessitating a lyric change, since Richard didn't want to tell Walt "I didn't want to say 'hover' because that's correct."
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Media
Animated Films: The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book 2Video

Live Action Films: Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book: Mowgli's StoryThe Jungle BookThe Jungle Book 2
TV Series: Jungle Cubs
Video Games: The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book Groove PartyThe Jungle Book: Mowgli's Wild AdventureThe Jungle Book: Mowgli's Run
Music: SoundtrackMore Jungle Book... Further Adventures of Baloo and Mowgli
Books: The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack

Disney Parks
Animated film: Disney's Explorers LodgeDisney Animation BuildingGarden of the Twelve FriendsIt's a Small WorldRhythm of the Jungle

Live action: Disney Movie MagicThe Jungle Book: Alive with Magic
Entertainment: AnimagiqueDisney's BelieveDisney's WishesDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicFantasmic!Festival of Family & FriendsHakuna Matata Time Dance PartyIt's Party Time... with Mickey and FriendsJourney into the Jungle BookLa Forêt de l'Enchantement: Une aventure musicale DisneyMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Wondrous BookMickey presents: “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris”One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives OnRivers of Light: We Are OneSuper Duper Jumpin' TimeThe Jungle Book Jive
Restaurants: Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost
Shops: Adventureland Bazaar
Parade: Disney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeJubilation!Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyMickey's Soundsational ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Firework: Celebrate the MagicCelebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney Dreams!Disneyland ForeverHappily Ever AfterMickey's Mix MagicTree of Life Awakens
Halloween: Happy Hallowishes

Characters
Original: MowgliBalooBagheeraKing LouieShere KhanKaaColonel HathiWinifredHathi, Jr.Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and DizzyAkelaRamaShantiRakshaWolf PupsJungle PatrolFlunkeyBandar-log

Deleted characters: Rocky the RhinoBuldeoTabaqui
Sequel: RanjanRanjan's fatherMessuaShanti's motherLucky
Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Grey BrotherNathooKitty BrydonColonel Geoffrey BrydonSergeant ClaibourneDr. Julius PlumfordWilliam BooneSergeant HarleyBuldeoTabaquiLt. John WilkinsIndian BanditsAlice, Rose, and Margaret
Jungle Cubs: Arthur and CecilThe CrocMahraBenny and ClydeNed, Jed & FredMungoLeahCainDholesWinifred's UncleMcCoyDictator TurtleWhitehood
House of Mouse: King Larry

Locations
JungleAncient RuinsMan VillageIndiaAsia
Episodes
Season One: "A Night in the Wasteland" • "How the Panther Lost His Roar / The Humans Must Be Crazy" • "Hathi Meets His Match / Buffaloed" • "Mondo Mungo / Bare Necessities" • "Who Wants to Be a Baboon?" • "Red Dogs" • "The Great Kaadini" • "Hulla Baloo / Shere Bliss" • "Treasure of the Middle Jungle" • "Feather Brains / Benny & Clyde" • "Splendor in the Mud" • "Trouble in the Jungle / Fool Me Once..." • "The Coming of the Wolves"

Season Two: "The Ape Who Would Be King" • "Trunks for the Memories / Kasaba Ball" • "Hathi's Makeover / Curse of the Magnificent Melon" • "The Five Bananas / Birthday Snake" • "Old Green Teeth / The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No" • "Hair Ball / A Tail of Two Tails" • "Waiting for Baloo / Tree for Two" • "Nice Tiger / Sleepless in the Jungle"

Songs
Original: "Colonel Hathi's March" • "The Bare Necessities" • "I Wan'na Be Like You" • "Trust in Me" • "That's What Friends are For" • "My Own Home"

Deleted: "Brothers All" • "The Song of the Seeonee" • "Monkey See, Monkey Do" • "I Knew I Belonged to Her" • "In A Day's Work" • "The Mighty Hunters" • "I've Got You Beat" • "Braver"
More Jungle Book: "Baloo's Blues" • "Jungle Fever" • "If You Wanna See Some Strange Behavior (Take a Look at Man)" • "It's a Kick"
Jungle Cubs: "Take Your Sweet, Sweet Time" • "Jungle Cub Love" • "Everything's Gonna Be Right with the World"
The Jungle Book Groove Party: "The Jungle's No Place for a Boy" • "Join the Ranks" • "Go Bananas in the Coconut Tree" • "A Mood for Food" • "We Are the Vultures" • "Run" • "A Brand New Day"
Sequel: "The Jungle Rhythm" • "W-I-L-D" • "Right Where I Belong"

See Also
Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare NecessitiesWho Framed Roger RabbitTaleSpinHouse of MouseDisney's Jungle Boogie
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