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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)
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Title "I Just Can't Wait to be King"
Music By Elton John
Lyrics By Tim Rice
Sung By Jason Weaver, Laura Williams,
and Rowan Atkinson
Length 2:50
Appears In The Lion King Original Soundtrack

"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]

Gallery

Video

02:33

"I Just Can't Wait to be King"

"I Just Can't Wait to be King"


References

  1. As revealed in The Lion King commentary
Songs from The Lion King
Circle of LifeI Just Can't Wait to be KingBe PreparedHakuna MatataCan You Feel the Love Tonight

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