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I Just Can't Wait to be King (film)

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I Just Can't Wait to be King (film)
Manevent
Title
"I Just Can't Wait to be King"
Composer
Elton John
Lyricist
Tim Rice
Performers
Jason Weaver
Laura Williams
Rowan Atkinson
Length
2:50
Album
The Lion King: Original Motion
Picture Soundtrack

The Legacy Collection: The Lion King

"I Just Can't Wait to be King" is a song from The Lion King, the musical, and The Lion King 1½. It is sung by Simba, Nala, Zazu, and various animals.

Lyrics

Simba:

I'm gonna be a mighty king,
So enemies, beware!

Zazu:

Well, I've never seen a king of beasts
With quite so little hair.

Simba:

I'm gonna be the main event,
Like no king was before.
I'm brushin' up on lookin' down,
I'm workin' on my ROAR!

Zazu:

Thus far, a rather uninspiring thing.

Simba:

Oh, I just can't wait to be king!

Zazu:

You've rather a long way to go, young master. If you think....

Simba:

No one sayin' do this!

Zazu:

Now when I said that-

Nala:

No one sayin' be there!

Zazu:

What I meant was-

Simba:

No one sayin' stop that!

Zazu:

What you don't realize-

Simba and Nala:

No one sayin' see here!

Zazu:

Now see here!

Simba:

Free to run around all day!

Zazu:

Well, that's definitely out-

Simba:

Free to do it all my way!

Zazu:

I think it's time that you and I
Arranged a heart-to-heart.

Simba:

Kings don't need advice
From little hornbills for a start.

Zazu:

If this is where the monarchy is headed,
Count me out!
Out of service, out of Africa?
I wouldn't hang about!
This child is getting wildly out of wing.

Simba:

Oh, I just can't wait to be king!

(Instrumental Break)

Simba:

Everybody look left!
Everybody look right!
Everywhere you look I'm....
Standin' in the spotlight!

Zazu:

Not yet!

Choir:

Let every creature go for broke and sing!
Let's hear it in the herd and on the wing!
It's gonna be King Simba's finest fling!

Simba:

Oh, I just can't wait to be king! (Just can't wait to be king)
Oh, I just can't wait to be king! (Just can't wait to be king)
Oh, I just can't wait...
To be king!

Credits

Composer(s): Elton John
Lyrics By: Tim Rice

Trivia

  • The song reuses the melody and chord structure from "A Word In Spanish," a song from Elton John's 1988 album, Reg Strikes Back.
  • During this sequence in the movie, the background changes to brighter colors and more geometric shapes to reflect Simba (and Nala's) naive perspective of the world.[1]
  • In some versions of the song, the crocodiles are previously gray. This occurs in the ABC premiere of The Lion King, the Disney Sing-Along Songs version, and the 1995 VHS release. However, the crocodiles are redesigned in the IMAX re-release.

Gallery

Video

The Lion King - I Just Can't Wait To Be King (1080p)03:42

The Lion King - I Just Can't Wait To Be King (1080p)


References

  1. Allers, Roger; Hahn, Don, and Minkoff, Rob (1995). Laserdisc/DVD/Blu-Ray audio commentary for The Lion King. Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

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