"You're Only Second Rate" is a song featured in the film, The Return of Jafar sung by Jafar, who boasts about how superior he is in comparison with Genie, and as he does so he battles Genie in a duel of magic, in which he defeats him, leaving Genie, along with Abu, to be taken prisoner by Jafar.

Lyrics

I must admit
Your parlor tricks
Are amusing.
I bet you've got a bunny
Under your hat.
Now here's your chance
To get the best of me.
' Hope your hand is hot!
C'mon, clown!
Let's see what you've got!

You can try to slam me
With your hardest stuff,
But your double whammy
Isn't up to snuff.
I'll set the record straight:
You're simply out of date.
You're only second rate.

You think your cat's a meanie,
But your tiger's tame.
You've got a lot to learn
About the genie game,
So for your education
I reiterate:
You're only second rate.

Men cower
At the power
In my pinky.
My thumb is number one
On every list;
But if you're not convinced
That I'm invincible,
Put me to the test.
I'd love to lay this rivalry to rest!

Go ahead and zap me
With a big surprise!
Slap me in a trap!
Cut me down to size!
I'll make a great escape:
It's just a piece of cake.
You're only second rate.

You know your hocus-pocus
Isn't tough enough;
And your mumbo-jumbo
Doesn't measure up.
Let me pontificate
Upon your sorry state:
You're only second rate.

Zaba-caba-dabra!
Granny's gonna grab ya!
Alakazomnibus!
This thing's bigger than the both of us!

So spare me your tremendous stare!
You look horrendous in your underwear,
And I can hardly wait
To discombobulate;
I'll send your back end packing
In a shipping crate!
You'll make a better living
With a spinning plate!
You're only second rate!

Trivia

  • Even though Jafar performs a song in the original movie, it should be noted that it was only a reprise of Prince Ali, therefore, this one is his official "villain song".
  • A snippet of the song is heard instrumentally in Aladdin and the King of Thieves, during the song "There's a Party Here in Agrabah" when the Genie appears with a mask of Jafar, saying the line "Without Jafar and all of his malice".
  • There are many cultural references in this song:
    • When Jafar says "You've got a lot to learn about the genie game," a whiteboard reads "2+2=5". This may be a reference to 1984, a novel written by George Orwell. In Part One, Chapter Seven, the protagonist wonders if the state will declare 2+2=5 true, as he also ponders on whether everyone believing it makes it true.
    • "I'll make a great escape" is a reference to a mass escape from the Nazi prison camp Luftstalag III in 1944, or to the 1950 book The Great Escape or (most likely) the popular 1963 film of the same name.
    • At one point, Genie and Abu run into a grandmother in a rocking chair, facing away. When "she" turns around, "she" reveals "herself" to be Jafar. This is a reference to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho where the protagonist is in a similar situation but the grandmother is a mere skeleton.
    • "Alakazomnibus" is a "portmanteau word" combining "alakazam" and "omnibus."
    • "This thing's bigger than the both of us" was a cliché line from 20th century romantic fiction, often used by a villainous character attempting to seduce another into an illicit relationship by suggesting that it was somehow "fated" and irresistible.
    • "You'll make a better living with a spinning plate" refers to certain novelty acts, such as Erich Brenn, who would spin multiple china plates on thin poles without allowing them to fall off; such acts were tremendously popular from the early days of vaudeville down to the 1960's or so, but were considered hopelessly dated and hokey by the time The Return of Jafar was made.


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Characters
Original: AladdinGenieJasmineAbuMagic CarpetThe SultanRajahJafarIagoThe PeddlerRazoul The Royal GuardsGazeemPrince AchmedHarem GirlsFarouk

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Enchanted Tales: AneesaHakeemSaharaSharma
Video game characters: NasiraBizarrahVery Ankh-Amman
Deleted Characters: ZenaGenie of the RingJasmine's Mother
Remake: DaliaPrince AndersHakim

Episodes
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"

Locations
AgrabahCave of WondersThe Sultan's PalaceThe Vanishing IsleOdiferousThe Isle of GalifemMorbiaOld Wizard's Lab
Objects
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
Songs
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: There's a Party Here 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
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