Princeton a cappella group nixes ‘Little Mermaid’ song amid controversy

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 21: A general view of atmosphere during Disney’s The Little Mermaid special screening at Walter Reade Theater on September 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

No, Prince Eric will not “kiss the girl” — lyrically speaking, of course, according to a Princeton a cappella group who cut the popular sing amid a consent controversy. 

The Princeton Tigertones say they will temporarily stop performing “Kiss the Girl” after critics questioned the group’s tradition of bringing a man and woman from the audience on stage, encouraging them to kiss when the song ends, according to the New York Times. 

“Lyrics such as, ‘It’s possible she wants you too/There’s one way to ask her/It don’t take a word, not a single word/Go on and kiss the girl, kiss the girl,’ and ‘she won’t say a word/Until you kiss that girl,’ unambiguously encourage men to make physical advances on women without obtaining their clear consent,” Princeton sophomore Noa Wollstein wrote in an op-ed for The Daily Princetonian last month.

Tigertones President Wesley Brown responded with a letter to the editor in Friday’s Princetonian.

“Because of these concerns, we are removing ‘Kiss the Girl’ from our active repertoire until we can arrive at a way to perform it that is comfortable and enjoyable for every member of our audience,” Brown wrote.

Here are the full lyrics of “Kiss the Girl:

Percussion

Strings

Winds

Words

There you see her

Sitting there across the way

She don’t got a lot to say

But there’s something about her

And you don’t know why

But you’re dying to try

You wanna kiss the girl

Yes, you want her

Look at her, you know you do

It’s possible she wants you, too

There is one way to ask her

It don’t take a word

Not a single word

Go on and kiss the girl

Sing with me now

Sha-la-la-la-la-la

My, oh, my

Look at the boy too shy

He ain’t gonna kiss the girl

Sha-la-la-la-la-la

Ain’t that sad

Ain’t it shame, too bad

You gonna miss the girl

Now’s your moment

Floating in a blue lagoon

Boy, you better do it soon

No time will be better

She don’t say a word

And she won’t say a word

Until you kiss the girl

Sha-la-la-la-la-la

Don’t be scared

You got the mood prepared

Go on and kiss the girl

Sha-la-la-la-la-la

Don’t stop now

Don’t try to hide it how

You wanna kiss the girl

Sha-la-la-la-la-la

Float along

Listen to the song

The song say kiss the girl

Sha-la-la-la-la-la

Music play

Do what the music say

You wanna kiss the girl

You’ve got to kiss the girl

Why don’t you kiss the girl

You gotta kiss the girl

Go on and kiss the girl

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