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...To Die For (Score)
General Information

Hans Zimmer


May 31, 1994





Usage Information

The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


The Lion King


Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip Art...To Die For (Score).ogg 

Simba: Hey, Uncle Scar, will I like the surprise?
Scar: Simba, it's to die for.
Scar and Simba, shortly before the stampede[src]

"...To Die For (Score)" is a musical piece composed by Hans Zimmer for The Lion King. It was released on May 31, 1994, as part of the original motion picture soundtrack.


In the soundtracks

"...To Die For (Score)" was released on May 31, 1994, as part of the original motion picture soundtrack. It is one of four scores from the release, including "This Land (Score)", "Under the Stars (Score)", and "King of Pride Rock (Score)". Shortly after the release of the original motion picture soundtrack, the unofficial complete film score was released, though it was retracted shortly afterward. During its brief release, "...To Die For (Score)" could be heard in its entirety as two separate tracks titled "Stampede" and "Mufasa's Death". On June 24, 2014, The Legacy Collection: The Lion King was released, with "...To Die For (Score)" having been split once more into two separate tracks, "Stampede" and "Mufasa Dies".

The stage musical uses a much more vocal-heavy rendition of the score titled "The Stampede". It was released on November 13, 1997, as part of the original cast recording. Its official cue in the musical is "Stampede - Part 1".

In the film

"...To Die For (Score)" is heard in The Lion King. It represents the stampede scene, in which Scar baits Mufasa into rescuing his son, Simba. The track starts when Simba notices a herd of wildebeests stampeding into the Gorge. It carries through his flight from the wildebeests and into Mufasa's successful rescue attempt. After Mufasa falls to his death, the score changes tone, moving into the mournful underscore heard as Simba discovers and grieves over his father's body. The track plays through his tearful confrontation with Scar and ends on the flute notes heard as he flees the Pride Lands.

The stampede scene, which comprises the initial half of "...To Die For (Score)"

Several sections of underscore were cut from the track before its release. After the initial notes heard as Simba is transfixed by the stampede, the score jumps to the music that plays during his flight up a tree to escape the wildebeests. It skips over the music heard during Zazu's frenzied attempts to aid Mufasa and skips again over the underscore heard as Mufasa pleas for Scar to help him up the side of a cliff. During the more mournful sections of score, the music that plays during Simba's conversation with Scar is severely shortened, and the chase music that instigates as the hyenas pursue Simba is cut entirely.


Behind the scenes

  • The score serves as background music in a story reel for Zira's suicide.[1]


  1. YouTube favicon The Lion King 2 - Deleted Scene's on the AndsterThePancer YouTube channel