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Shiny
Tamatoa holding Moana
Song Information
Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina
Lyrics Lin-Manuel Miranda
Singer(s) Jemaine Clement
Films Moana
Album Moana (Soundtrack)
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Shiny is a song of the Disney animated feature Moana. It is sung by Tamatoa as he arrogantly flaunts what he believes to be his most beautiful qualities, particularly his shiny shell.

Lyrics

Well Tamatoa hasn't always been this glam
I was a drab little crab once
Now I know I can be happy as a clam
Because I'm beautiful baby

Did your granny say listen to your heart?
Be who you are on the inside?
I need three words to tear her argument apart
Your granny lied

I'd rather be shiny
Like a treasure from a sunken pirate wreck
Scrub the deck and make it look
Shiny
I will sparkle like a wealthy woman's neck
Just a sec

Don't you know
Fish are dumb, dumb, dumb
They chase anything that glitters
Beginners

Oh, and here they come, come, come
To the brightest thing that glitters
Mmm, fish dinners

I just love free food
And you look like seafood

Well, well, well
Little Maui's having trouble with his look
You little semi-demi-mini-god
Ouch! What a terrible performance
Get the hook! (Get it?)
You don't swing it like you used to, man

Yet I have to give you credit for my start
And your tattoos on the outside
For just like you I made myself a work of art
I'll never hide, I can't, I'm too

Shiny
Watch me dazzle like a diamond in the rough
Strut my stuff, my stuff is so
Shiny
Send your armies but they'll never be enough
My shell's too tough, Maui man

You could try, try, try
But you can't expect a demigod
To beat a decapod (look it up)
You will die, die, die
Now it's time for me to take apart
Your aching heart

Far from the ones who abandoned you
Chasing the love of
These humans who made you feel wanted
You tried to be tough
But your armour's just not hard enough

Maui!
Now it's time to kick your hiney
Ever seen someone so

Shiny
Soak it in cause it's the last you'll ever see
C'est la vie mon ami, I'm so
Shiny
Now I'll eat you so prepare your final plea
Just for me

You'll never be quite as shiny
You wish you were nice and shiny

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Trivia

  • Artist David Bowie served as inspiration for the song, specifically in Jemaine's theatrical performance and vocals.[1]
  • Disney's Frozen character Sven made a cameo when Maui accidentally shapeshifts into him.
  • In the demo version of the song, Tui was the relative that Tamatoa mocked, instead of Gramma Tala.

References

  1. Clement, Jemaine (November 12, 2016). ""It was written by @Lin_Manuel and definitely a Bowie influence."". (Tweet) Twitter.


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Songs
Tulou TagaloaAn Innocent WarriorWhere You AreHow Far I'll GoWe Know The WayHow Far I'll Go (Reprise)You're WelcomeShinyLogo Te PateI Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)Know Who You Are • We Know the Way (Finale) • How Far I'll Go (cover) • You're Welcome (cover)
Score
PrologueHe Was YouVillage Crazy LadyCavernThe Ocean Chose YouThe HookTala's DeathbedBattle of WillsKakamoraWayfindingClimbingTamatoa's LairGreat EscapeIf I Were the OceanTe Ka AttacksMaui LeavesHeartacheTala ReturnsSails to Te FitiShiny HeartTe Fiti RestoredHand of a GodVoyager TagaloaToe Feiloa'iNavigating HomeThe Return to Voyaging
Demos / Outtakes
Unstoppable (Outtake) • More (Outtake) • More (Reprise - Outtake) • Warrior Face (Outtake) • Where You Are (Demo) • You're Welcome (Demo) • Shiny (Demo) • Prologue (Score Demo) • Village Crazy Lady (Score Demo) • Cavern (Score Demo) • Kakamora (Score Demo) • It's Called Wayfinding (Score Demo) • Maui Leaves (Score Demo) • Sails to Te Fiti (Score Demo) • Maui Battles (Score Demo) • Sea Monsters (Score Demo) • Tala Returns (Score Demo) • How Far I'll Go (Instrumental) • You're Welcome (Instrumental)


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