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This article is about the deleted reprise of "Be Prepared".
You may be looking for the film version.


Be Prepared (reprise)
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Title
Be Prepared
Composer
Elton John
Lyricist
Tim Rice
Length
1:14

This version of "Be Prepared" is a reprise of the final song heard in The Lion King. It was cut from the film during production, but much like the finalized version, it is sung by Scar and the hyenas. In this version of the song, Scar is years into his reign and sings to the lionesses as they rebel against his decision to exile Nala.

Lyrics

Scar:

It's time you were all introduced
To your ruler's executive staff.
Perhaps not the kind you've been used to,
But certainly game for a laugh.

Hyenas:

We'd like to assure you no fooling.
Red meat is no longer our scene,
And if now and then we're seen drooling,
It's only an ancestor's gene!

Scar:

So prepare for a glorious future!
Be prepared for the pride's golden age!

Hyena:

It's like any other
Who murdered a broth-

Hyena:

If we don't spread rumors,
He'll feed us and room us!

Hyenas:

With friends in high places,
We hold all the aces!

Scar:

So don't try and rattle my cage.

Hyenas:

Oh, imagine if anyone dared!

All:

Be prepared!

Hyenas:

Oh, imagine if anyone dared!

Scar:

Be prepared!

Trivia

  • Despite being cut from the film, these lyrics are used as a reprise in the stage musical.[1]
  • At one point during production, this song took place during the scene in which Scar gives his eulogy to the pride. However, it was ultimately scrapped due to a lively musical number being deemed inappropriate so shortly after the death of Mufasa.[2]
  • The opening lyrics sung by the hyenas are different in this eulogy version of the reprise:[3]
"It's time you start thinking hyenas
As part of your daily routine.
Unless you'd prefer to be seen as
A part of hyena cuisine!"
  • A short reprise was written in which Scar tries to seduce Nala into being his queen. When she rejects him, he introduces the pride to his executive staff, the hyenas.[4]

Video

"Be Prepared (deleted)"02:01

"Be Prepared (deleted)"

The eulogy version of the "Be Prepared" reprise


"Be Prepared (reprise)"01:17

"Be Prepared (reprise)"

The lioness rebellion version of the "Be Prepared" reprise

References

  1. [1]
  2. Mug3
  3. [2]
  4. [3]

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