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"That's What Makes the World Go Round" is a song in the film, The Sword in the Stone. It is sung by Merlin and Arthur Pendragon as they swim in the moat as fish where Merlin tells Arthur to uses his instincts as fish.

Lyrics

Merlin: Left and right
Like day and night
That's what makes the world go round
In and out
Thin and stout
That's what makes the world go round

Merlin: For every up, there is a down
For every square...
Arthur: There is a round?
Merlin: For every high...
Arthur: There is a low?
Merlin: For every to
Arthur: there is a fro

To and fro
Stop and go
That's what makes the world go round
In and out
Thin and stout...
Arthur: Merlin! Merlin, I swallowed a bug.
Merlin: Oh. What's wrong with that?
After all, my boy, you are a fish. I-Instinct, you know.
Arthur: But you said I have no instinct.
Merlin: Yes, of course...
Oh. Oh, I did. Well, th-that's neither here nor there.

But the main thing is that...
You must set your sights upon the heights
Don't be a mediocrity
Arthur: Mediocrity?
Merlin: That's right.
Don't just wait then trust to fate
And say, "That's how it's meant to be"

It's up to you how far you go
If you don't try, you'll never know
And so my lad as I've explained
Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Chorus: (only heard in Sing Along Songs version) Left and right
Like day and night
That's what makes the world go round
In and out
Thin and stout
That's what makes the world go round

For every up, there is a down
For every square, there is a round
For every high, there is a low
For every to, there is a fro

To and fro
Stop and go
That's what makes the world go round
In and out
Thin and stout
That's what makes the world go round

Arthur: For every to, there is a fro
For every stop, there is a go
And that's what makes the world go round

(stops when the frog following Arthur grabs him)

Merlin: That's what makes the world go round

You see, my boy, it's nature's way
Upon the weak, the strong ones prey
In human life, it's also true
The strong will try to conquer you
And that is what you must expect
Unless you use your intellect

Brains and brawn
Weak and strong
That's what makes the world... (gasps)
(ends when the Pike chases Arthur)

Merlin: Left and right
Like day and night
That's what makes the world go round
In and out
Thin and stout
That's what makes the world go round

Merlin: For every up, there is a down
For every square...
Arthur: There is a round?
Merlin: For every high...
Arthur: There is a low?
Both: For every to, there is a fro

Merlin: Short and tall,
Large and small
That's what makes the world go round
Thick and thin
Lose or win
That's what makes the world go round

We may aim high and wind up low
But that's the way life goes I found
And that's what makes the world go round

(spoken)
Arthur: Merlin! Merlin, I swallowed a bug.
Merlin: Oh. What's wrong with that?
After all, my boy, you are a fish. Instinct, you know.
Arthur: But you said I have no instinct.
Merlin: Yes... Oh. Oh, I did. Well, well, that's neither here nor there.

The main thing is...
You must set your sights upon the heights
Don't be a mediocrity
Arthur: Mediocrity?
Merlin: That's right.
Don't just wait and trust to fate
And say, "That's how it's meant to be"

It's up to you how far you go
If you don't try, you'll never know
And so my lad as I've explained
Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Strong and weak,
Great and bleak,
That's what makes the world go round
Starts and stops
Bottoms, tops
That's what makes the world go round

So don't give up when you are down
When you hit the bottom, you're upward bound
And that's what makes the world go round

Trivia


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Media
Films: The Sword in the StoneLive action filmVideo

Games: Kingdom HeartsDisney Magic KingdomsDisney Emoji Blitz Disney Heroes: Battle ModeDisney Sorcerer's Arena

Disney Parks
King Arthur CarrouselLe Pays des Contes de FéesSorcerers of the Magic KingdomSword in the Stone

Entertainment: Disney's BelieveMickey's Magical Celebration
Parade: Magic Happens
Fireworks: Wonderful World of Animation
Restaurants: Merlin's Magic Recipe
Shops: Merlin's Magic PortraitsMerlin l'Enchanteur

Characters
MerlinArthurArchimedesMadam MimSir EctorSir KaySir PellinoreScullery MaidSir BartTiger & TalbotWolfGirl SquirrelGranny SquirrelMerlin's sugar bowl
Songs
The Sword in the StoneHigitus FigitusThat's What Makes the World Go RoundMost Befuddling ThingMad Madame MimBlue Oak TreeThe Magic Key
See also
Merlin's CottageMadam Mim's CottageSword in the Stone
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