Performed by Scar, Shenzi, Banzai, and Hyenas

  • Scar (speaking)
  • Scar (singing)
  • Shenzi
  • Banzai
  • Shenzi and Banzai
  • Hyenas
  • Scar and Hyenas
  • Vocals


I never thought hyenas essential                               [Ooh, ooh...]
They're crude and unspeakably plain                       [...Ooh, ooh...]
But maybe they've a glimmer of potential                 [...Ooh, ooh...]
If allied to my vision and brain                                 [...Ooh, ooh]


I know that your powers of retention
Are as wet as a warthog's backside
But thick as you are, pay attention                          [Hoom, hoom]
My words are a matter of pride                              [Hoom, hoom]

It's clear from your vacant expressions                    [Eah, hum hum hum]
The lights are not all on upstairs                               [Eah, hum hum hum]
But we're talking kings and successions                   [Hum hum hum, hum hum hum]
Even you can't be caught unawares                         [Hum]

Ee he                                                                     [He]
He he                                                                     [He]
He he

So prepare for a chance of a lifetime                       [Ahh, ahh...]
Be prepared for sensational news                            [...Ahh, ahh]
A shining new era                                                   [Hum]
Is tiptoeing nearer                                                   [Eah]

And where do we feature?                                     [Ah, ah]

Just listen to teacher                                               [Ah, ah]
I know it sounds sordid                                          [Eh, eh, eh, eh]
But you'll be rewarded                                            [Eh, eh, eh, eh]
When at last I am given my dues!                            [Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh]
And injustice deliciously squared                             [Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh]
Be prepared!

Yeah! Be prepared. We'll be prepared!                  [Hum]
For what?

For the death of the king                                         [Hum]

Is he sick?                                                              [Hum]

No, fool! We're going to kill him...
And Simba, too                                                      [Hum]

Great idea! Who needs a king?                               [Hum]
No king, no king! La la la la la!                               [Hum]

Idiots! There will be a king!                                    [Hum]

Hey, but you said, uh...

I will be king!                                                         [Ooh hum...]
Stick with me and you'll never go hungry again!       [...Ooh hum]

Yay, all right! Long live the king!
Long live the king!                                                  [Ah ha ha haa...]
Long live the king!                                [Perfect!]    [...Ha ha haa]

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Yes, remember soon be connected
With a king who'll be all-time adored

Of course, quid pro quo, you're expected               [Hum, hum]
To take certain duties on board
The future is littered with prizes                               [Eah]
And though I'm the main addressee                         [Ooh wa]
The point that I must emphasize is                           [Ooh wa]
You won't get a sniff without me!                            [Hum]

Ee he                                                                     [He]
Ee he
Ee he

So prepare for the coup of the century
Be prepared for the murkiest scam                         [Ooo, la-la-la!]
Meticulous planning                                                [We'll have food!]
Tenacity spanning                                                   [Lots of food]
Decades of denial                                                   [We repeat]
Is simply why I'll                                                     [Endless meat]
Be king undisputed                                                 [Ahh...]
Respected, saluted                                                 [Ahh...]
And seen for the wonder I am                                 [Ahh...]
Yes, my teeth and ambitions are bared                    [Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh]
Be prepared!

Yes, our teeth and ambitions are bared
Be prepared!