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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Rhythm-of-the-pride-lands
General Information
Composer

Solomon Linda

Lyricist

Solomon Linda
Hugo Peretti
Luigi Creatore
George David Weiss
Albert Stanton

Performers

Lebo M

Length

2:37

Usage Information
Album

The Lion King 1½: Songs From Timon and Pumbaa's Hilarious Adventure
The Lion King (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Return to Pride Rock
Rhythm of the Pride Lands

Appearances

The Lion King
The Lion King 1½
The Stage Musical

Sample
Versions

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

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is a song originally written by Solomon Linda as "Mbube" that was sung by Lebo M with his South African choir. The song was first used in The Lion King franchise by Timon and Pumbaa who sung the song in the original film. Lebo M recorded the song for the Rhythm of the Pride Lands CD which was heard in The Lion King 1½.‎ The song was also used in The Lion King stage musical productions and The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa.

Disney's use of this song in the film and musical stage productions of The Lion King prompted a lawsuit on behalf of the descendants of Solomon Linda. In July 2004, the court ruled that Disney owed $1.6 million in royalties for the use of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" to Linda's descendants.

The Tokens were famous for this song in the 1960's.

Lyrics

Lala kahleSleep well

In the jungle, the mighty jungle
The lion sleeps tonight
In the jungle, the mighty jungle
The lion sleeps tonight

Chorus

Imbube

Ingonyama ifileThe lion's in peace
Ingonyama ileleThe lion sleeps.
ThulaHush.

Near the village, the peaceful village
The lion sleeps tonight
Near the village, the peaceful village
The lion sleeps tonight

Chorus

Hush, my darling, don't fear, my darling
The lion sleeps tonight
Hush, my darling, don't fear, my darling
The lion sleeps tonight

He, ha helelemama.He, ha helelemama.
Ohi'mbube.Lion.

Chorus

Ixesha lifikileTime has come
LalaSleep
Lala kahleSleep well
Near the village, the peaceful village
The lion sleeps tonight
Near the village, the peaceful village
The lion sleeps tonight

Chorus

My little darling
Don't fear, my little darling
My little darling
Don't fear, my little darling

Ingonyama ileleThe lion sleeps


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