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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
For the original song, see here.

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, it is directed at the lionesses as they question Scar's ascension to the throne. Despite being cut from the film, the song is used as a reprise in the stage musical.

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!

Alternative Hyena lyrics

These lyrics appear in a later version of the reprise after it was moved to when Scar takes over the Pride Lands following Mufasa's death. The reprise is largely the same, however the first hyena verse differs.

Hyenas:

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!

Video

Be Prepared (reprise)01:17

Be Prepared (reprise)

The reprise of "Be Prepared"

The Lion King-Be Prepared Reprise (1993)02:01

The Lion King-Be Prepared Reprise (1993)

A later version of the reprise

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