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"Oogie Boogie's Song" is a song written for the 1993 Christmas/Halloween movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. As the title suggests, it is sung by the film's villain, Oogie Boogie, after taking Santa Claus captive.


Oogie Boogie: Well, well, well
What have we here?
Sandy Claws, huh?
Oh, I'm really scared
So you're the one everybody's
talkin' about, 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'
Then there's something very wrong
'Cause this may be the last time now
That you hear the boogie song, ohhh

Three Bats: Ohhh
Oogie Boogie: Ohhh
Seven Lizards: Ohhh
Oogie Boogie: Ohhh
Lizards: Ohhh
He's the Oogie Boogie Man

Oogie Boogie: Well if I'm feelin' antsy
And there's nothin' much to do
I might just cook a special batch
Of snake and spider stew

And don't ya know the one thing
That would make it work so nice?
A roly-poly Sandy Claws
to add a little spice

Three Skeletons: Ohhh
Oogie Boogie: Oh, yeah
Bats: Ohhh
Oogie Boogie: Ohhh
Bats: Ohhh
Oogie Boogie and Skeletons: Oh, yeah
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: What are you going to do?

Oogie Boogie: I'm gonna do the best I can

(Musical interlude)

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 will have to
Answer for this heinous act

Oogie Boogie: Oh, brother, you're something
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 going nowhere