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Mean Green Mother from Outerspace is a song explicitly composed for the 1986 film (replacing the earlier demo Bad), though it subsequently found its way into a variety of stage productions, both amateur and professional.

The soundtrack album cut includes altered orchestration, additional verses, and ends similarly to the version featured in the Director's Cut of the film. Two different abridged and edited "radio" versions were issued as singles, and a 12" single featuring the "X-rated version" (which is merely the uncensored album cut) begins with a segue of the soundtrack album's prologue.

Lyrics

Note: Lyrics in brackets appear only in the Soundtrack version of the song.

Audrey II Pods
Better wait a minute.
Ya better hold the phone.
Ya better mind your manners.
Better change your tone.
Don't you threaten me son.
You got a lot of gall.
We gonna do things my way
Or we won't do things at all
(Spoken) Uh-Huh!
You in trouble now!
Bay-bae
Ah-Ha-Ha!
(Singing) Ya don't know what your'e messin' with (uh)
You got no idea
Ya don't know what your'e lookin' at
When you're looking here
Ya don't know what you're up against,
No, no way, no how.
Ya don't know what you're messin' with,
But I'm gonna tell you now! Ahhhh!
Ahhhh!
Ahhhh!
Ahhhh!
Ow! Get this straight!
I'm just a mean green mother from outer space
and I'm bad.
Mean, Green, Bad!
I'm just a mean green mother from outer space
and it looks like you've been had.
I'm just a mean green mother from outer space, Ahhh! Ahhh!
So get off my back, 'n get out my face, Ahhh! Ahhh!
'Cause I'm mean and green Mean and Green!
And I am bad.
Wanna save your skin boy?
You wanna save your hide?
You wanna see tomorrow? (Ha-Ha!)
You better step aside.
Better take a tip boy.
Want some good advice?
Ya better take it easy,
'Cause you're walkin' on thin ice.
Ya don't know what you're dealin' with.
No, you never did.
Ya don't know what you're lookin' at,
But that's tough titty, kid!
The Lion don't sleep tonight,
And if you pull his tail, he roars.
Ya say, "That ain't fair?"
Ya say, "That ain't nice?"
You know what I say? "Up yours!"
Ahhh!
Ahhh!
Yeah! Ahhh!
Ahhh!
Ow! Ahhh!
Watch me now!
I'm just a mean green mother from outer space
And I'm bad.
Mean, Green, Bad!
I'm just a mean green mother, a real disgrace,
And you've got me fightin' mad.
I'm just a mean green mother from outer space, Ahhh! Ahhh!
Gonna trash your ass! Gonna rock this place! Ahhh! Ahhh!
I'm mean and green, Mean and Green!
And I am bad.
[Don't ya talk to me about old King-Kong.
You think he's the worst? Well, you're thinkin' wrong.
Don't talk to me about Frankenstein.
He got a temper? HA! He ain't got mine.]
Mmm-hmmm
You know I don't come from no black lagoon.
Ha!
I'm from past the stars and beyond the moon.
Yeah!
You can keep the thing,
Hey!
Keep the it,
Whoa!
Keep the creature, they don't mean shit!
Uh-uh-uh!
[I got garden style, major moves.
I got the stuff, and I think that proves]
I got killer buds, power stem,
Nasty thorns, and I'm using them!
Better move it out! Nature calls! Move it out! Nature calls!
You got the point? I'm gonna bust your balls! Got the point?
Ahhh!
Ahhh!
Ahhh!
Ahhh!
Here it comes!
[I'm just a mean green mother from outer space
and I'm bad.
[Mean, green, bad!]
I'm just a mean green mother
a real hard case. You in deep dish trouble, dad!
I'm just a mean green mother from outer space [Ahhh! Ahhh!]
So just give it up. It's all over, ace! [Ahhh! Ahhh!]
I'm mean and green.
Mean green mother from outer space.
I'm mean and green.
Mean green mother from outer space.
I'm mean and green.
[Mean green mother from outer space.]
And I
Am
Bad!

Storyboards

Mike Ploog drew the storyboards for Little Shop Of Horrors to give filmmakers a rough outline of the scenes:[1][2][3]

Trivia

  • Mean Green Mother From Outer Space was the first song with profanity to be nominated for an Academy Award.
    • It was also the first song sung by a villain to be nominated
  • Mean Green Mother From Outer Space originally wasn't going to exist, instead a song titled Bad, was going to be used, and a demo of the song was included on the 2003 Broadway Revival Cast Soundtrack.
  • In the film version, they lyrics go "I got killer buds, a power stem/Nasty thorns and I'm usin' them!"
  • This song is made only for the film. Despite that, some amateur musicals added this song, but not professionals. One time a professional theatre added this song, was when it was added in the 2016 UK Tour during the bows.
  • This song is featured in the Six Flags show, "Love at First Fright", a Halloween show that performs every October, where this is sung by Frankenstein, and in a clean version.

Videos

Little Shop Of Horrors - Mean Green Mother From Outer Space

Little Shop Of Horrors - Mean Green Mother From Outer Space

Theatrical Ending

Little Shop of Horrors (1986) - "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" HD

Little Shop of Horrors (1986) - "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" HD

Director's Cut Ending

Levi Stubbs - Mean Green Mother From Outer Space Live

Levi Stubbs - Mean Green Mother From Outer Space Live

Levi Stubbs performing a clean version (AKA Soundtrack version) of the song live.

Grotbags- Mean Green Mother from Outer Space

Grotbags- Mean Green Mother from Outer Space

Cover: From Emu's Wide World, a strange British 80's TV Show.

References

  1. Mondo Musicals! LITTLE SHOP- Weird, Exotic Cuttings.http://mondomusicals.blogspot.com/2008/02/little-shop-weird-exotic-cuttings.html
  2. The Photos of the Actual Storyboard folders are courtesy of David, from Propmasters.net https://www.propmasters.net/
  3. "You've been had" storyboard image is from yourprops.com https://www.yourprops.com/Storyboard-original-production-artwork-Little-Shop-of-Horrors-1986-YP26713.html