Dwayne Johnson:You're Welcome

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"You're Welcome"
Single by Dwayne Johnson
from the album Moana (2016)
Released November 19, 2016
Format digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre Stage & Screen
Label Walt Disney Records
Songwriter(s) Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa'i, with lyrics in English, Samoan, Tokelauan, and Tuvalu
Peaked @ #65 on January 21, 2017

Opetaia Foa'i, Mark Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda penned this song for the Disney animated movie Moana. It is sung by Dwayne Johnson, who voices a haughty demigod named Maui. Billboard magazine asked Miranda about the writing of the song. He replied:

"We did a lot of research into the different beliefs about Maui in Polynesia - sometimes he's responsible for pulling the sun down, sometimes he's responsible for the invention of coconuts. So I loved the idea of this demigod being like, 'I know it's overwhelming to meet me. You're welcome for everything.' Only Dwayne could pull that off.

In my head the song was a mix of Beauty and the Beast's 'Gaston' and Aladdin's 'Friend Like Me.'" It was suggested during an interview with the BBC that getting Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to sing a few bars must have posed a considerable challenge for Lin-Manuel Miranda. But it turned out he couldn't wait to get started.

"Everyone has been asking, 'How do you get The Rock to sing?'" laughed Miranda. "As soon as The Rock signed up, he was like, 'Where is my song?' He knew that was one of his favorite parts of the Disney animated musical tradition."

Music video

Lyrics

Ok, ok, I see what's happening here
You're face to face with greatness, and it's strange
You don't even know how you feel
It's adorable!
Well, it's nice to see that humans never change

Open your eyes, let's begin
Yes, it's really me, it's Maui: breathe it in!

I know it's a lot: the hair, the bod!
When you're staring at a demi-god

What can I say except you're welcome
For the tides, the sun, the sky
Hey, it's okay, it's okay
You're welcome
I'm just an ordinary demi-guy

Hey!
What has two thumbs that pulled up the sky
When you were waddling yay high
This guy!

When the nights got cold
Who stole you fire from down below
You're lookin' at him, yo

Oh, also I lassoed the sun
You're welcome!
To stretch the days and bring you fun

Also I harnessed the breeze
You're welcome!
To fill your sails and shake your trees

So what can I say except you're welcome
For the islands I pulled from the sea
There's no need to pray, it's okay
You're welcome!
Ha, I guess it's just my way of being me
You're welcome!
You're welcome!

Well, come to think of it
Kid, honestly I can go on and on
I can explain every natural phenomenon
The tide, the grass, the ground, oh
That was Maui just messing around

I killed an eel
I buried its guts
Sprouted a tree, now you got coconuts
What's the lesson
What is the take-away
Don't mess with Maui when he's on the break-away

And the tapestry here on my skin
Is a map of the victories I win
Look where I've been
I make everything happen
Look at that mini-Maui just tippity-tappin'

Well, anyway let me say you're welcome
For the wonderful world you know
Hey, it's okay, it's okay
You're welcome!
Well, come to think of it, I gotta go

Hey, it's your day to say you're welcome
'Cause I'm gonna need that boat
I'm sailing away, away
You're welcome!
'Cause Maui can do anything but float

You're welcome!
You're welcome!
And thank you!


Weekly charts

Chart (2016-17) Peak
position
December 17, 2016 83
December 24, 2016 92
December 31, 2016 97
January 7, 2017 86
January 14, 2017 73
January 21, 2017 75
January 28, 2017 65
February 4, 2017 81
February 11, 2017 91
February 18, 2017 Out
February 25, 2017 Out
March 4, 2017 91
Reentry
April 8, 2017 100
April 15, 2017 99
April 22, 2017 93
April 29, 2017 Out
May 6, 2017 99