This week’s song is titled Keep Em Guessing, which is a deleted song from Mulan. The song takes place when Mushu first interacts with Mulan, and is supposed to be his grand entrance in the film, kind of like the Genie’s song A Friend Like Me. I am going to outright say that I do not like this song whatsoever, and am thrilled that this song was deleted from the film.
Lyrically, the song starts with these first two sentences, “You’re headin’ for disaster, but I’m your one best chance. Though, miss, you are miscast, I’ll show you how to show, who wears the pants.” I think this easily conveys my issue with the song. Too cocky, too over the top, too urban, and it sounds like one of those songs where the character is trying to be cool. In the middle of the song, he sings, “You think that you don’t need me, but doll, you’re in a jam. I’ll train you to mislead, to walk the walk, we’ll both pull off this scam.” Like, I just cannot with the corniness and the oddly jazzy lyrics. Mushu just goes on and on using some similes and metaphors to sing that he is going to be a good coach, and how they will pull of the scam. Anything that is identified or commonly known as cool was someway implicated in the song. This is Ancient China…. why is there a jazz song, and an annoying one that just drags things along? At least with the Genie, it makes sense because genies always rambles on and on to get people to wish on their lamp.
Now it is time to focus on why the song was deleted. Despite the directors wanting a big song to establish who Mushu was as a large personality, Eddie Murphy could do that with a few words, and that is fair enough. This song was probably included when the script was supposed to be a bit more….. light and poppy, like Hercules, so this might have been taken out due to the more serious tone in the film. If you compare it with the three other songs in the film, it does not fit whatsoever. It is a filler song that takes up unneeded time, there is no Chinese score or any meaning behind it.
So you all get the picture that I hardly like anything about the song; from the score to the lyrics, and the overdramatics. I think it is my least favourite of the ones I reviewed yet. So, that is another deleted song out of the way. If you want to reccomend a deleted song to me, put it in the comments, and I will
try to get it done by next week. Worst come to shove, I will just choose a deleted song if I have no reccomendations.