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Esmeralda and Quasimodo during Hoch über der Welt in Der Glöckner von Notre Dame

"Top of the World" is a song in the stage musical version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It takes place when Esmeralda and Quasimodo are a top of Notre Dame and it is sung by Esmeralda and the gargoyles. Esmeralda thinks that Paris is better when viewed from above and the gargoyles encourage Quasimodo to put the moves on her. His move constitutes asking to sit next to her, which she agrees to and in the gargoyle tradition of jumping to conclusions they start planning the wedding. This song acts as a bonding song between the two.

Lyrics

Laverne: Quasimodo, don't be so shy.

Hugo: She's waiting for you

Victor: Think of something to say

Laverne: Think of something to do

Hugo: I know...

Gargoyles: Show her the view!

Quasimodo: See... view?

Esmeralda: I bet the king himself doesn't have a view like this.
From up here, it's hard to imagine that bad things could ever happen in such a beautiful place.
Gazing down from the top of the world
Suddenly seeing a different city
Quaint and pretty and friendly and fair
Seen from the top of the world
When my outlook is a glum one
And I need a kinder point of view
Look how quick it can become one
With someone
Like you, to
Show me life from the top of the world
Nothing needs righting and no one needs pity
Thanks for bringing me into the air
And giving me Paris unfurled
Here at the top of the world

Hugo: Why are you standing like a statue made of stone?

Laverne: Quasimodo...

Gargoyles: Say something!

Victor: You're with a girl

Hugo: (And what a girl!)

Laverne: And you're alone

Gargoyles: At the top of the world!

Laverne: She looked at you

Hugo: Right at you!

Victor: And she didn't scream...

Laverne: ... or faint ...

Hugo: ... or lose her feed

Gargoyles: What more proof that
She likes you
Could anyone possibly need?

Laverne: She wants you!

Hugo / Laverne: What are you waiting for?

Victor: Don't waste this precious chance

Gargoyles: Quasimodo, do something!

Victor: The master's gone...

Laverne: And here's a girl made for romance...

Hugo: Ev'ry curve so well curled

Gargoyles: At the top of the world

Quasimodo: Esmeralda, I... Esmeralda...

Esmeralda: That's alright. We don't have to talk.

(Repeat song, with ESMERALDA and GARGOYLES singing simultaneously)

Laverne: Say something romantic

Hugo: That's funny and fitting

Victor: It's making us frantic

Laverne: The seconds are flitting

Victor: See how the clock can tick

Hugo: She may take up knitting

Laverne: Please take our advice here

Laverne / Victor: You have to entice here

Gargoyles: We don't mind admitting
We want to throw rice here...
Quasimodo: Es... Es...

Gargoyles: Oh well, I guess silence
Will have to suffice here

Quasimodo: Esmeralda...

Esmeralda: Yes?

Quasimodo: It's nice here
The two of us sitting

Esmeralda: The two of us sitting

Gargoyles: The two of you sitting

All: On top of the world!

Quasimodo: Can see everything from up here. City gates. River Seine.

Esmeralda: Yes. It sparkles in the light. I'm glad I can get to...to see things down there.

Gazing down from the top of the world
Suddenly seeing a different city
Things look tiny and friendly and fair
Seen from the top of the world
When you look from high above
Everything seems pretty
Seeing life from the top of the world
Nothing needs fighting and no one needs pity
Thanks for giving this moment to me
When just for a moment things stop
Here at the top of the world

Statues & Gargoyles: For all these years
You've stayed alone
And free from danger
We shared your fears
It wasn't safe to trust a stranger
But maybe we were wrong here
Could she belong here?
This girl appears
And she is kind
And we're admitting
We'd give three cheers
To see you both forever sitting
Look at you sitting
On top of the world...

Esmeralda: Seeing life from the top of the world
Nothing needs fighting and no one needs pity
Thanks for giving this moment to me
When just for a moment things stop
Here at the top of the world

Statues & Gargoyles: This girl appears
And she is kind
And we're admitting
We'd give three cheers
To see you both forever sitting
Look at you sitting
On top of the world...

Esmeralda & Statues & Gargoyles: Here at top of the world

Statues & Gargoyles: Quasimodo, say something
Take our advice
Be brave and say something
Please don't think twice
Quasimodo, say some-

Quasimodo: Esmeralda...

Esmeralda: Yes?

Quasimodo: I...I...It's nice
The two of us sitting...

Esmeralda: The two of us sitting...

Statues & Gargoyles: The two of you sitting...

All: Sitting on top of the world!

v - e - d
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Media
Films: The Hunchback of Notre DameThe Hunchback of Notre Dame IIVideoThe Hunchback of Notre Dame (live-action film)

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

Disney Parks
Disney Animation Building

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!HarmonioUSHappily Ever AfterWorld 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

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

Sequel: MadellaineZephyrSarousch

Songs
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

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