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I Just Can't Wait to be King

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I Just Can't Wait to be King
Manevent
General Information
Composer

Elton John
Hans Zimmer

Lyricist

Tim Rice

Performers

Rowan Atkinson
Jason Weaver
Laura Williams

Released

May 31, 1994

Track

2

Length

2:50

Usage Information
Album

Best of The Lion King
Jungle Boogie
The Legacy Collection: The Lion King
The Lion King Collection
The Lion King (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Appearances

The Lion King
The Stage Musical

Sample
Versions

Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip ArtOriginal Version 
Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip ArtElton John Version 
Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip ArtStage Musical Version 

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

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

Trivia

  • During this sequence in the movie, the background changes to brighter colors and more geometric shapes to reflect Simba's naive perspective of the world.[1]
  • In early versions of the song, the crocodiles are 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 were redesigned in the IMAX re-release.[2][3]

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.
  2. 1994 crocodiles
  3. Special-Edition crocodiles

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