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"The Court of Miracles" is a song featured in Disney's 1996 animated feature film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It is the seventh one in the film and the third song sung by Clopin. Much like "Topsy Turvy" and "A Guy Like You", it is more comedy-oriented than the other songs from the film, unlike the former, however, it is based on black humor.


Clopin and the gypsies have captured Quasimodo and Phoebus, assumed spies, and sing about how it is a miracle if they get out alive. Taking delight in tormenting his victims, Clopin stages a mock trial, making rapid transformations into various figures, such as the judge, the lawyer, and the executioner. However, Esmeralda arrives before any harm can come to her friends.


Clopin and Gypsy chorus: Maybe you've heard of a terrible place
Where the scoundrels of Paris collect in a lair
Maybe you've heard of that mythical place
Called the Court of Miracles
Clopin: Hello, you're there!
Gypsy chorus (variously): Where the lame can walk
And the blind can see
Clopin: But the dead don't talk
So you won't be around to reveal what you've found
Clopin and Gypsy chorus: We have a method for spies and intruders
Rather like hornets protecting their hive
Clopin: Here in the Court of Miracles
Clopin and Gypsy chorus: Where it's a miracle if you get out alive!
(Instrumental interlude)

(singing resumes)
Clopin: Justice is swift in the Court of Miracles
I am the lawyers and judge all in one
We like to get the trial over with quickly
Because it's the sentence that's really the fun!
(speaking) Any last words?
Quasimodo and Phoebus: (muffled speech)
Clopin: That's what they all say.
(singing) Now that we've seen all the evidence
Clopin puppet: Wait! I object!
Clopin: Overruled!
Clopin puppet: I object!
Clopin: Quiet!
Clopin puppet: Dang!
Clopin: We find you totally innocent
Which is the worst crime of all
Clopin and Gypsy chorus: So you're going to hang!

Clopin: Welcome to the Court of Miracles! You're very clever to have found our little hideaway. Too bad you won't live to talk about it!

Maybe you've heard of a terrible place
Where the scoundrels of Paris collect in a lair
Maybe you've heard of that mythical place
Called the Court of Miracles...

Gypsy chorus: The Court of Miracles...

Clopin: ...Brother, you're there

Where the lame can walk
And the blind can see
But the dead don't talk
So you won't be around to reveal what you've found

We have a method for spies and intruders
Not terribly different from bees in a hive
Here in the Court of Miracles where
It's a miracle if you get out alive!

Gypsy #1: The ugly hunchback! He's bad luck!

Gypsy #2: He's cursed!

Gypsy #3: Hang them both!

(Gypsies yell at Quasimodo and Phoebus)

Gypsy #4: String them up!

Clopin: My apologies, gentlemen, for your imminent demise. Any last words?

Quasimodo and Phoebus: (muffled speech)

Clopin: I thought not.

(Gypsies laugh)

Clopin: It's always sad when a life's at its finish
I have to admit to a bit of a pang
But we must protect at all costs our secret
It's our lives or yours...

Clopin and Gypsy chorus: ...So you're going to hang!


  • Michael Surrey, the supervising animator for Clopin, noticed that the tune to this song bore some resemblance to "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" from Fantasia. After noticing this, he decided to base some of Clopin's movements, mainly as he skips while dressed like Frollo, after Sorcerer Mickey.
  • During Clopin and his puppet's argument, Clopin doesn't move his mouth, although he had done so during the song "The Bells of Notre Dame". It is possible that another Gypsy provides the puppet's voice for him, making the illusion more realistic.
  • Clopin's line "We find you totally innocent…which is the worst crime of all!" is a throwback to the Court of Miracles' nature in the books. In the novel, it is not a hideout for the hunted Gypsies but a general haunt for all the criminals, beggars and lowlifes in Paris, and the protagonist is to be hanged not because he is thought of as a "spy" but because he, a completely honest and moderately wealthy man, dared wander in the lair of crime.

v - e - d
Films: The Hunchback of Notre DameThe Hunchback of Notre Dame IIVideoHunchback

Television: House of MouseEsmeralda
Video games: The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Topsy Turvy GamesKingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop DistanceDisney Sorcerer's Arena
Music: SoundtrackStudio Cast Recording
Books: Big Golden BookClassic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of Reading

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Entertainment: Disney Classics: The Music & The MagicOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives OnMickey's Gift of DreamsThe Golden MickeysThe Hunchback of Notre Dame: A Musical Adventure
Restaurants: Clopin's Festival of Foods
Parade: Disney's Party ExpressThe Hunchback of Notre Dame Topsy Turvy Cavalcade
Firework: Believe... There's Magic in the StarsDisney Dreams!Happily Ever AfterHarmonioUSMomentousWorld of ColorWonderful World of Animation
Spring: Disney's Easter Wonderland
Summer: Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise
Halloween: Frightfully Fun ParadeHappy HallowishesIt's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsKooky Spooky Halloween NightRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeVillains GroveVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out! Chapter 2

Original: QuasimodoEsmeraldaClaude FrolloPhoebusVictor, Hugo, and LaverneDjaliClopinArchdeaconAchillesBrutish and Oafish GuardsFrollo's SoldiersOld PrisonerQuasimodo's MotherQuasimodo's FatherSnowball

Sequel: MadellaineZephyrSarousch

Original: The Bells of Notre DameOut ThereTopsy TurvyHumiliationGod Help the OutcastsThe Bell TowerHeaven's LightHellfireParis BurningA Guy Like YouThe Court of MiraclesSanctuaryAnd He Shall Smite the WickedInto the SunlightSomeday

Sequel: Le Jour D'AmourAn Ordinary MiracleI'd Stick With YouFa la la la Fallen In LoveI'm Gonna Love You
Musical: Balancing ActRest and RecreationRhythm of the TambourineInto Notre DameTop of the WorldThai Mol PiyasEsmeraldaCity Under SiegeFlight Into EgyptOut of Love (Reprise) • Dance of the GypsiesMade of StoneFinale Ultimo
Deleted Songs: In a Place of MiraclesAs Long As There's a MoonSomeday

ParisNotre Dame de ParisPalace of JusticeCourt of Miracles
MusicalDisney Sing Along Songs: Topsy TurvyThe Making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame