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The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Rhythm-of-the-pride-lands
Information
Title "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"
Music By Solomon Linda
Lyrics By Solomon Linda, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore,

George David Weiss, Albert Stanton

Sung By Lebo M
Length 2:37
Appearances The Lion King,
The Lion King stage musical
Rhythm of the Pride Lands
Return to Pride Rock
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
The Lion King 1½


"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.


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

Credits

  • Composer(s): George David Weiss, Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti, and Albert Stanton
  • Lyrics By: Solomon Linda

Video

Lebo MLebo M. - The Lion Sleeps Tonight(03:34)
ShayshayripAdded by Shayshayrip
Songs from Rhythm of the Pride Lands
He Lives in YouHakuna MatataThe Lion Sleeps TonightKubeLea HalalelaIt's TimeOne by OneWarthog RhapsodyLalaBusaNoyana
Songs from Return to Pride Rock
He Lives in YouWe Are OneUpendiOne of UsMy LullabyLove Will Find a WayShe Believes in YouSong for the ChildrenI Want to See the MoonThe Lion Sleeps Tonight

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