Be Prepared

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Be Prepared
Length: 3:40
Written by: Elton John and Tim Rice
Performed by: Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings
The Lion King
Circle Of Life

I Just Can't Wait To Be King

Be Prepared

Hakuna Matata

Can You Feel The Love Tonight

The Morning Report

This Land

...To Die For

Under The Stars

King Of Pride Rock

Circle of Life

I Just Can't Wait To Be King

Can You Feel The Love Tonight (End Title)

Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Remix)

Be Prepared is a song written by Elton John and Tim Rice and preformed by Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings for The Lion King. The song also appears in The Lion King musical where it is preformed by John Vickery, Tracy Nicole Chapman, Stanley Wayne Mathis, and Kevin Cahoon.

Lyrics

Scar:

I know that your powers of retention
Are as wet as a warthog's backside.
But thick as you are, pay attention!
My words are a matter of pride.
It's clear from your vacant expressions
The lights are not all on upstairs.
But we're talking kings and successions.
Even you can't be caught unawares.
So prepare for a chance of a lifetime.
Be prepared for sensational news.
A shining new era
Is tiptoeing nearer.

Shenzi:

And where do we feature?

Scar:

Just listen to teacher.
I know it sounds sordid,
But you'll be rewarded
When at last I am given my dues.
And injustice deliciously squared.
Be prepared!

Banzai:

Yeah, be prepared.
We'll be prepared....for what?

Scar:

For the death of the king!

Banzai:

Why? Is he sick?

Scar:

No, fool, we're gonna' kill him. And Simba too....

Shenzi:

Great idea! Who needs a king?

Banzai and Shenzi:

No king! No king! La, la, la, la, laaaa, laaaa!

Scar:

Idiots! There will be a king!

Banzai:

Hey, but you said-

Scar:

I will be king! Stick with me, and you'll never go hungry again!

Banzai and Shenzi:

Yay! All right! Long live the king!

Hyenas:

Long live the king! Long live the king!
It's great that we'll soon be connected
With a king who'll be all-time adored.

Scar:

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

Scar and Hyenas:

So prepare for the coup of the century.
(Oooh!)
Be prepared for the murkiest scam.
(Oooh. 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,
(Aaaah!)
Respected, saluted,
(Aaaah!)
And seen for the wonder I am.
(Aaaah!)
Yes, my teeth and ambitions are bared.
(Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo)
Be prepared!
Yes, our teeth and ambitions are bared.
Be prepared!

Trivia

Originally, the song started with these lyrics:

Scar:

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