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"Why Me?" was a deleted song from Aladdin, written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. It was to be sung by Jafar when he used Genie to turn into a sultan and a sorcerer, and then takes over Agrabah. The Aladdin Jr. musical restores it, but at a different moment: in this version, Jafar sings it when he's about to get the lamp. Some lyrics are slightly altered because of this (for instance, Who's the master of the lamp? becomes Who'll be master of the lamp?).


Iago: (speaking) Oooh, this has been a long time coming.

Jafar: (speaking) Oh, if only you knew, Iago. It's been a lifetime...

(singing) In my formative and hungry years,
I was unappreciated by my peers
As their slings and arrows flew,
I would ponder - wouldn't you?
"Why me? Why me?!"

Iago: (speaking) Sing it, baby!

Jafar: For a man of my charisma and mystique,

Genie: (speaking) NOT!

Jafar: I have taken far too long to reach my peak.
Why was my status never quo?
Why did no one want to know?
Poor me! Why me?!

Why was I so unable to fulfill my true potential?

Iago: (speaking) Give me a tissue, I'm crying!

Jafar: Kept down by those I knew were smaller fry
But here's the rub!

(speaking) And now slave, grant me my first wish! I wish to be… SULTAN!

[Cut to outside Agrabah.]

Sultan: (speaking) Ladies and gentlemen, my daughter has finally chosen a suitor...Prince Ali Ababwa!

[Aladdin as Prince Ali rides Abu (still an elephant) out of the palace gates. Suddenly, the Sultan loses his clothes to Jafar.]

Jasmine: (speaking) Father?

Aladdin: (speaking) Jafar!

Jafar: (speaking) Sultan Jafar to you!

Sultan: (speaking) Uh ?… (mumble)… What manner of trickery is this, Jafar!?

Jafar: (speaking) No trickery, you rotund nincompoop !

(Singing) I am power, I am clout personified!
I've a genie and sheer malice on my side!
It's a combination which works me up to a favor pitch:
"Big G"… and ME!

Aladdin: (speaking) Genie, what are you doing!?

Genie: (speaking) Sorry kid. I've got a new master now.

Jafar: (speaking) You miserable wretches, bow to me!

Aladdin: (standing strong with his friends) We will never bow to you!

Jafar: (speaking) Then… you will cower! GENIE! My second wish... I wish--I wish to be the most powerful sorcerer… IN THE WORLD!!!! Har-har !

[Jafar becomes a sorcerer thanks to the Genie.]

Jafar: When the master of the lamp says "Bow"… you bow!
You forget who wears the pants around here now?
A man who knows just what to do, and who to do it to!
Who's he? M-E!

Iago: (cheering) Yes!

Jafar: And as for you, you little twerp, from now on, it's "as you were" time!
Let's have your pretty princess see how she's been wasting her time!
Let's strip him bare!
There's nothing there!

(speaking after changing "Ali" back to Aladdin) Take a good look at your precious Prince Ali!

Iago: (speaking) Or should we say, Aladdin!

Jafar: (speaking) He's nothing more than a worthless, lying street rat!

Jasmine: (speaking) Ali!

Aladdin: (speaking) Jasmine, I'm sorry.

Jafar: Though I hate to break a partnership,


Iago: (speaking) Bye-bye!

Jafar: to a corner of the sphere,
not a million miles from here,
But two!
Who's the titan!?
Who's the champ?!
Who's the master of the lamp?!
Who's the one who'll take up pages in who's who?!

Iago: (cheering) Take it on home, Jafar!

Jafar: Who?!
Why, ME!

[Jafar blasts Aladdin away and laughs evilly over his triumph.]

Jafar: (speaking) Soon I'll have complete and unmiphgated power. And I might add... It's about time!

(singing) In my formative and hungry years,
I was unappreciated by my peers.
As their slings and arrows flew,
I would ponder - wouldn't you?
Why me? Why me?!

For a man of my charisma and mystique,
I have taken far too long to reach my peak.
Why was my status never quo?
Why did no one want to know?
Poor me! Why me?!

Why was I so unable to fulfill my true potential?

Iago: Potential.

Jafar: Kept down by those I knew were smaller fry,

Iago: Incose-

Jafar: But here's the rub!

Both: Rub-a-dub-dub!

Iago: (speaking) The cauldron! It's working boss!

Jafar: (speaking) And not a moment too soon.

(Singing) I'll be power, I'll be clout personified,
With a genie and sheer malice on my side!

Iago: It's a combination which, works you up to a favor pitch!
Big "G,"

Jafar: And me!

When the master of the lamp says, "Bow," they'll bow!

Iago: You'll be the man to whom they all cow town!

Jafar: A man who knows just what to do, and who to do it to.

Iago: Who's he?

Jafar: M-E! 

Both: And princess dear, your time is up. Save your tears!

Jafar: Don't bother praying.
The time is up for daddy too,

Both: You lose!
but thanks for playing.

Iago: Your only prize, 

Jafar: Somebody dies!

Soon I'll have that precious diamond in the rough! 

Iago: Rough!

Jafar: And the blessed day can't come soon enough!

Iago: Enough!

Jafar: And once the kingdom starts to play, can we simply smile and say, teehee?

Iago: Mei oui!

Both: Who'll be titan?!
Who'll be champ?!
Who'll be master of the lamp?!

Jafar: Who's the one who'll take up pages in who's who?!

Iago: (cheering) Take it on home, Jafar!

Iago: Who?!

Jafar: Why MEEE!

Iago: Why ME! 
Why ME! 
Why ME!




  • The instrumental at the beginning of the song is similar to another deleted musical number from Jafar, "Humiliate the Boy", the last song written by Menken and the late Howard Ashman.
  • An instrumental piece of this song was briefly used at the beginning of the film's theatrical trailer.

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Films: Aladdin (video/soundtrack) • The Return of Jafar (video) • Aladdin and the King of Thieves (video/soundtrack) • Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your DreamsAladdin (2019) (video/soundtrack) • Aladdin 2

Shows: Aladdin: The Series • "Hercules and the Arabian Night" • Great Minds Think 4 ThemselvesA Poem Is...
Books: Comic bookAladdin's QuestA-Mazing AladdinJasmine's Magic CharmRoyal WeddingsJasmine: The Missing CoinJasmine the MatchmakerDisney Princess BeginningsThe Art and Making of AladdinAladdin: Far From AgrabahThe Magic Carpet's Secret
Video Games: Video gameNasira's RevengeActivity CenterDisney's MathQuest With AladdinAladdin PinballDisney InfinityDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts codedKingdom Hearts χKingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χDisney Enchanted TalesDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Magic KingdomsDisney Heroes: Battle ModeDisney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion KingDisney POP TOWNDisney Classic Games CollectionDisney Speedstorm

Disney Parks
Arabian CoastCaravan CarouselCastle of Magical DreamsCountry Bear Musical JamboreeDisney Animation BuildingGarden of the Twelve FriendsIt's a Small WorldKaribuni MarketplaceLe Passage Enchanté d'AladdinMickey's PhilharMagicPLAY!Sorcerers of the Magic KingdomStorybook Land Canal BoatsThe Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management)The Magic Carpets of AladdinVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Entertainment: Aladdin: A Musical SpectacularBelieve! Sea of DreamsCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicFeel the MagicGolden Fairytale FanfareMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Magical Music WorldMickey and the MagicianMickey and the Wondrous BookOnce Upon a MouseRoyal Princess Music CelebrationThe Adventure of RhythmThe Magic Lamp TheaterThe Starlit Princess WaltzVillains Tonight!
Restaurants: Aladdin's Oasis
Shops: Adventureland Bazaar
Parades: A Million Splashes of ColourAladdin's Royal CaravanCelebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's FantillusionDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Adventure Friends CavalcadeDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Dreams.... And Shine Brighter!Happiness is Here ParadeMagic HappensMove It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyMickey's New Year's Eve ParadeMickey's Soundsational ParadeMickey's Storybook ExpressMickey and Friends CelebrationThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLightsNightfall GlowDisney Harmony in Color! Parade
Fireworks: Believe... There's Magic in the StarsDisney Dreams!Disney EnchantmentDisney in the StarsFantasy in the SkyHappily Ever AfterHarmoniousIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightIlluminate! A Nighttime CelebrationMickey's Mix MagicMomentousOnce Upon a Time Remember... Dreams Come TrueWishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney DreamsWonderful World of AnimationWorld of ColorWondrous Journeys
Spring: Disney Color-Fest: A Street Party!Disney Pirate or Princess: Make Your Choice
Summer: Disney's Summer Oasis SplashStitch and Friends Summer SurpriseStitch's Summer Dance Bash
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween PartyDisney Villains Wicked GatheringFrightfully Fun ParadeHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsJack Skellington’s Villainous GatheringKooky Spooky Halloween NightRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeThe Villains WorldVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out!
Christmas: A Christmas Fantasy ParadeRoyal Christmas Wishes

Original: AladdinGenieJasmineAbuMagic CarpetThe SultanRajahJafarIagoThe PeddlerRazoul The Royal GuardsGazeemPrince AchmedHarem GirlsFarouk

Sequels: Abis MalAbis Mal's ThugsCassimSa'LukForty ThievesThe Oracle
TV Series: SadiraMercQueen HippsodethScaraKing PectorThe MukhtarKing MamoodEdenSultan Pasta Al-DenteDhandiHamedPharabuPrince UncouthmaGeneral GoudaBrawnhildaBudRuntaThundraQueen KimblaSydneyBrisbaneKoala KidMachanaFasirRiders of RamondSamir the "Destroyer"SquirtCaptain Al BahtrossPrince WazooAjed Al-GebraicAmalAbnor MalMechaniclesScooterMaraudersZorastoMozenrathXerxesKhartoumSiroccoShamanMirageHaroud Hazi BinFashoomSaleenArmandAyam AghoulEvil AladdinCaliph KapokSootinaiDaru TavelevilMalchoDominus TuskAl Muddy SultanAl MuddyAzizMinos and FatimaNefir HasenufNefir's ImpsArbutusMagmaAmuk MoonrahChaosEvil GenieScourge of the DesertAmin DamoolaFrigeedAnubisSahkata, Razili, and FaridaSand MonsterSand SharkMothiasDing and OopoQueen DelucaKing ZahbarQueen Deluca's BrothersThe Great RiftMamluksKileemThe EtherealZin and ZangKutatoUnkbuutDestane
Enchanted Tales: AneesaHakeemSaharaSharma
Video game characters: NasiraBizarrahVery Ankh-Amman
Deleted Characters: ZenaGenie of the RingJasmine's MotherBabkak, Omar, and Kassim
Remake: Dalia

Season One: Getting the Bugs OutMudder's DayFowl WeatherThe Prophet MotiveMuch Abu About SomethingMy Fair AladdinTo Cure a ThiefNever Say NefirRaiders of the Lost Shark

Season Two: "Air Feather Friends" • "Bad Mood Rising" • "Do the Rat Thing" • "The Vapor Chase" • "Garden of Evil" • "Some Enchanted Genie" • "Web of Fear" • "Plunder the Sea" • "Strike Up the Sand" • "Sneeze the Day" • "I Never Mechanism I Didn't Like" • "Forget Me Lots" • "Scare Necessities" • "SandSwitch" • "Lost and Founded" • "Moonlight Madness" • "The Flawed Couple" • "Rain of Terror" • "Dune Quixote" • "That Stinking Feeling" • "The Day the Bird Stood Still" • "Of Ice and Men" • "Opposites Detract" • "Caught by the Tale" • "Elemental, My Dear Jasmine" • "Beast or Famine" • "Smolder and Wiser" • "The Game" • "Poor Iago" • "The Spice is Right" • "The Animal Kingdom" • "Power to the Parrot" • "The Sands of Fate" • "Hero with a Thousand Feathers" • "The Citadel" • "Snowman is an Island" • "The Secret of Dagger Rock" • "In the Heat of the Fright" • "Witch Way Did She Go?" • "The Seven Faces of Genie" • "The Wind Jackals of Mozenrath" • "A Clockwork Hero" • "Mission: Imp Possible" • "Stinker Belle" • "Sea No Evil" • "Shadow of a Doubt" • "Smells Like Trouble" • "The Way We War" • "Night of the Living Mud" • "Egg-stra Protection" • "A Sultan Worth His Salt" • "Heads, You Lose" • "The Love Bug" • "When Chaos Comes Calling" • "Genie Hunt" • "Armored and Dangerous" • "The Lost Ones" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "Shark Treatment" • "Black Sand" • "Love at First Sprite" • "Vocal Hero" • "The Lost City of the Sun" • "As the Netherworld Turns" • "Seems Like Old Crimes" • "From Hippsodeth, with Love" • "Destiny on Fire" • "The Return of Malcho"
Season Three: "The Hunted" • "Riders Redux" • "The Book of Khartoum" • "While the City Snoozes" • "Two to Tangle" • "The Ethereal" • "The Shadow Knows" • "The Great Rift"

AgrabahCave of WondersThe Sultan's PalaceThe Vanishing IsleOdiferousThe Isle of GalifemMorbiaOld Wizard's Lab
Golden Scarab BeetleJafar's Snake StaffGenie's LampJafar's LampEden's BottleMozenrath's GauntletCrystal of IxBlue Rose of ForgetfulnessTree of RenewalEmerald of KhufuCassim's DaggerThe Oracle's ScytheHand of Midas
Original: Arabian NightsOne Jump AheadFriend Like MePrince AliA Whole New World

The Return of Jafar: I'm Looking Out for MeNothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend)Forget About LoveYou're Only Second Rate
King of Thieves: Party in AgrabahOut of Thin AirWelcome to the Forty ThievesFather and SonAre You In or Out?
Enchanted Tales: More Than a Peacock PrincessI've Got My Eyes on You
Deleted: Humiliate the BoyProud of Your BoyWhy Me?You Count on MeCall Me a PrincessBabkak, Omar, Aladdin, KassimHigh AdventureMy Finest HourTo Be FreeDesert Moon
Broadway: A Million Miles AwayThese Palace WallsSomebody's Got Your BackDiamond in the Rough
Remake: Speechless

See also
MusicalFriend Like IagoThe Disney AfternoonDisney RenaissanceAs Told by Emoji