"Trust in Me (The Python's Song)" is a song in the widely popular Walt Disney film, The Jungle Book, from 1967. The song was sung by Sterling Holloway playing the part of Kaa the snake. The song was written by Disney staff songwriters, Robert and Richard Sherman. In the song, Kaa hypnotizes Mowgli, placing him under a trance. As the song concludes, Kaa readies himself to devour the boy, only to be stopped by Shere Khan the tiger in his search for Mowgli.
The Sherman treatment
The Shermans were brought onto the film by Walt Disney due to Disney's feeling that the interpretation was keeping too true to the Rudyard Kipling book. In a deliberate effort to keep the score "light", this song, as well as the Sherman Brothers' other contributions, generally concern darker subject matter than the accompanying music would suggest. In the case of this song, Kaa speaks and sings with a subtle, lilting lisp giving the song a humorous dimension that it would not otherwise have.
Origins of song
The song started as "The Land of Sand", a song that was written originally for the 1964 musical film, Mary Poppins. The song was later discarded when the Sherman Brothers were called upon to write songs for The Jungle Book. The lyric for "The Land of Sand" was scrapped and in its place, the Shermans wrote the lyric for "Trust in Me", melody intact. "The Land of Sand" is available on the album The Legacy Collection: Mary Poppins.
- One of the least traditional uses of a Disney song has been the 1987 Siouxsie and the Banshees cover of "Trust in Me." This cover first appears on the Siouxsie and the Banshees LP album, Through the Looking Glass (Siouxsie & the Banshees album, and subsequently on several compilation albums.
- The Holly Cole Trio covered "Trust in Me" on the 1991 release Blame It on My Youth.
- Alternative rock group Belly covered "Trust in Me" as a B-side to one of their singles in 1993.
- In Mickey's House of Villains, during the "It's Our House Now" musical number, Minnie is tossed to Kaa, who sings two lines from "Trust in Me" to her.
- Part of the song is on the soundtrack of the HalloWishes fireworks show, mixed with AEIOU, song by the Caterpillar of Alice in Wonderland as part of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World resort.
- The Dead Brothers made their version of "Trust in Me" in a very dark, psychedelic and bluesy style. This cover appears on their fourth album Wunderkammer.
- Susheela Raman covered "Trust in Me" on her debut album, "Salt Rain" in 2001.
- Selena Gomez covered the song for Disneymania 7.
- Scarlett Johansson sang a cover of the song in the credits of the 2016 remake. Her rendition includes the verses "Just relax, be at rest. Like a bird in a nest."
Trust in me
Just in me
Shut your eyes
and trust in me
You can sleep
Safe and sound
Slip into silent slumber
Sail on a silver mist
Slowly and surely your senses
Will cease to resist
Trust in me
And just in me
Shut your eyes
And trust in me...
- If listened carefully, this song sounds very similar to that which Caterpillar sings when Alice first finds him smoking and puffing out letters.