Oogie Boogie's Song is the villain song of The Nightmare Before Christmas sung by Oogie Boogie and his prisoner, Santa Claus.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Oogie Boogie:

Well, well, well, what have we here?

Sandy Claws, huh?

Ooh, I'm really scared!

So you're the one everybody's talkin' about?

Ha, ha, ha, ha!

You're jokin', you're jokin'!

I can't believe my eyes!

You're jokin' me, you gotta be,

This can't be the right guy!

He's ancient, he's ugly;

I don't know which is worse!

I might just split a seam now

If I don't die laughing first.

When Mr. Oogie Boogie says

There's trouble close at hand,

You'd better pay attention now

'Cause I'm the Boogie Man!

And if you aren't shakin',

There's something very wrong!

'Cause this may be the last time

You hear the Boogie Song!

Woah...

Skeletons:

Woah!

Oogie Boogie:

Woah...

Skeletons:

Woah!

Oogie Boogie:

Woah...

Bats:

Woah!

Oogie Boogie and Chorus:

I'm (he's) the Oogie Boogie Man!

Santa:

Release me now or you must face

The dire consequences

The children are expecting me

So please, come to your senses

Oogie Boogie:

You're jokin', you're jokin'!

I can't believe my ears!

Would someone shut this fella up?

I'm drownin' in my tears!

It's funny, I'm laughing;

You really are too much.

And now, with your permission,

I'm going to do my stuff...

Santa:

(spoken) What are you going to do?

Oogie Boogie:

(spoken) I'm gonna do the best I can.

(singing)

Oh, the sound of rollin' dice

To me is music in the air

'Cause I'm a gamblin' Boogie Man

Although I don't play fair.

It's much more fun, I must confess

When lives are on the line

Not mine, of course but yours, old boy,

Now that'd be just fine.

Santa:

Release me fast or you'll have to answer for this heinous act!

Oogie Boogie:

Oh brother, you're somethin'!

You put me in a spin! You aren't comprehending

The position that you're in.

It's hopeless, you're finished

You haven't got a prayer

'Cause I'm Mr. Oogie Boogie,

And you ain't goin' nowhere!

Deleted Segments[edit | edit source]

  • Oogie Boogie's Song contains two deleted parts, these being a whole verse and an instrumental break.

Second Verse[edit | edit source]

Oogie Boogie:

Well if I'm feelin' antsy,
and I've nothin' much to do,
I might just cook a special batch
of snake and spider stew!

And don'tcha know the one thing
that would make it work so nice?
A rolly-polly Sandy Claws
to add a little spice!

Chorus:

Whoa!

Oogie Boogie:

Whoa!

Chorus:

Whoa!

Oogie Boogie:

Oh!

Chorus:

Whoa!

Oogie Boogie:

Yeah!

Oogie Boogie and Chorus:

I'm (he's) the Oogie Boogie man!

Reason for Removal: The second verse was omitted because its sequence which was to feature bugs dancing on Oogie Boogie's arm was deemed impossible and too difficult to animate after being storyboarded.

Shadow Dance Interlude[edit | edit source]

This short, 6-second instrumental break featured a 2D shadow of Oogie Boogie dancing. The entire sequence was completed, animated by Mike Cutuello and, as with the second verse, was featured in the soundtrack version. The sequence consists of an animation cel projected onto a semi-3D surface.

Reason for Removal: The break was removed simply for time. This is a cut that Henry Selick didn't (and still doesn't) agree with, due to the short length of the entire sequence.

Alternate Ending[edit | edit source]

It has been said that originally after the song Oogie Boogie would have devoured Santa whole. The reason why it was scrapped is simple - it was deemed too dark even by the film's standards.

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