That’s What Friends Are For (The Vulture Song)

Last Updated on: May 25th, 2024

That's What Friends Are For (The Vulture Song) disney song music“That’s What Friends Are For (The Vulture Song)” is a song from the 1967 Disney animated film “The Jungle Book“. The song is performed by a group of vultures who befriend Mowgli, the film’s young protagonist, as he tries to make his way through the jungle and avoid the clutches of the evil tiger, Shere Khan.

The song’s lyrics are intended to be humorous, with the vultures offering Mowgli their help while poking fun at his predicament. The song’s title, “That’s What Friends Are For”, is meant to be ironic, as the vultures are actually waiting for Mowgli to meet his untimely demise so they can feast on his remains.

“That’s What Friends Are For” was written by Disney songwriters Robert and Richard Sherman, who also wrote other classic songs for Disney films like “Mary Poppins” and “The Aristocats”. The song’s jaunty melody and witty lyrics have made it a favorite among Disney fans, and it has been covered by a number of artists over the years.

While “That’s What Friends Are For” is not as well-known as some of the other songs from “The Jungle Book”, it remains a memorable and entertaining part of the film’s soundtrack.

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