Hellfire is the villain song of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In the song, Frollo is tempted with lust for Esmerelda, but he threatens to destroy her as well. When he finds out she escapes, he is determined to burn Paris in order to find her. This is one of Disney's most darkest songs in history, depicting Hell, damnation, religion and lust, four subjects that are generally considered to be inappropriate for young children. This song and sequence prompted the ratings board of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to consider a PG rating for the film. The sequence contains also heavy visuals to match the lyrics, including provocative dancing from images of Esmeralda in the fire.
Archdeacon & Priests: Confiteor Deo Omnipotenti (I confess to God almighty) Beatae Mariae semper Virgini (To blessed Mary ever Virgin) Beato Michaeli archangelo (To the blessed archangel Michael) Sanctis apostolis omnibus sanctis (To the holy apostles, to all the saints)
Frollo: Beata Maria You know I am a righteous man Of my virtue I am justly proud Priests: (Et tibit Pater (And to you, Father)) Frollo: Beata Maria You know I'm so much purer than The common, vulgar, weak, licentious crowd Priests: (Quia peccavi nimis (That I have sinned)) Frollo: Then tell me, Maria Why I see her dancing there Why her smold'ring eyes still scorch my soul Priests: (Cogitatione (In thought)) Frollo: I feel her, I see her The sun caught in her raven hair Is blazing in me out of all control Priests: (Verbo et opere (In word and deed))
Frollo: Like fire Hellfire This fire in my skin This burning Desire Is turning me to sin
It's not my fault (Mea culpa (Through my fault)) I'm not to blame (Mea culpa (Through my fault)) It is the gypsy girl The witch who sent this flame (Mea maxima culpa (Through my most griveous fault)) It's not my fault (Mea culpa (Through my fault)) If in God's plan (Mea culpa (Through my fault)) He made the devil so much Stronger than a man (Mea maxima culpa (Through my most griveous fault)) Protect me, Maria Don't let the siren cast her spell Don't let her fire sear my flesh and bone Destroy Esmeralda And let her taste the fires of Hell! Or else let her be mine and mine alone
(song pauses, guard knocks on the door) Guard: Minister Frollo, the gypsy has escaped. Frollo: (speaking) What? Guard: She's nowhere in the cathedral. She's gone. Frollo: But how? I... Never mind. Get out, you idiot! I'll find her! I'll find her if I have to burn down all of Paris!
(song resumes) Hellfire Dark fire Now gypsy, it's your turn Choose me or Your pyre Be mine or you will burn (Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy)) God have mercy on her (Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy)) God have mercy on me (Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy)) But she will be mine Or she will burn!
- The Freemasons sing 'mea culpa' meaning 'through my fault'. But 'mea' is feminine, and 'meus' is masculine.
- Frollo(The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
- Ivan(MCF: Royal Predicament)
- Smaug(MCF: The Dragon, the MCF and Sunset Shimmer)