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The Morning Report
General Information

Elton John


Tim Rice


Jeff Bennett
James Earl Jones
Evan Saucedo


September 30, 2003



Usage Information

The Legacy Collection: The Lion King
The Lion King (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


The Lion King
The Stage Musical


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

"The Morning Report" is a song from The Lion King. It is sung by Zazu as he reports to Mufasa. It is then picked up by Simba, who uses it to mock Zazu.


"The Morning Report" was first released for the stage musical. The musical number was added to the Special Edition of the film with a slightly different version than that of the stage musical. However, when the film was re-released in Cinemas in 3D, the song wasn't shown, nor was it included in the Diamond Edition released in 2011.


Zazu: (spoken)
Good morning, sire!

Mufasa: (spoken)
Good morning, Zazu.

Zazu: (spoken)
Checking in with the morning report.

Mufasa: (spoken)
Fire away!

Chimps are going ape, giraffes remain above it all
Elephants remember, though just what I can't recall
Crocodiles are snapping up fresh offers from the banks
Showed interest in my nest egg but I quickly said, "No thanks!"
We haven't paid the hornbills and the vultures have a hunch
Not everyone invited will be coming back from lunch
This is the morning report
Gives you the long and the short
Every grunt, roar and snort
Not a tale I distort
On the morning report

Mufasa: (spoken)
What are you doing, son?

Simba: (spoken)

Mufasa: (spoken)
Let an old pro show you how it's done...

Oh the buffalo have got a beef about this season's grass
Warthogs have been thwarted in attempts to save their gas
Flamingos in the pink are chasing secretary birds
Saffron is this season's color seen in all the herds
Moving down the rank and file to near the bottom rung
Far too many beetles...

Mufasa: (in the background/spoken)
Stay low to the ground.

Simba: (in the background/spoken)
Yeah, okay, stay low to the ground, right.

Mufasa: (in the background/spoken)
Shh! Not a sound... take is slow, one more step. Then pounce!

...Are quite frankly in the dung.

This is the morning report
gives you the long and the short
Every grunt, roar, and snort, not a tale I distort,
(muffled) On the morning report


  • Simba's singing voice is provided by Evan Saucedo due to his original singing voice provider, Jason Weaver, being too old to reprise his role as Simba.
  • In June 2010, nine minutes of the musical were cut, including the "The Morning Report" musical number.


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