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To Be King
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General Information
Composer

Elton John

Lyricist

Tim Rice

Performers

James Earl Jones
Rowan Atkinson

Length

1:45

Usage Information

"To Be King" is a deleted song from The Lion King. It is sung by Mufasa, Zazu, and various animals of the Pride Lands as Mufasa teaches Simba about the ways of being a monarch.

Lyrics

Mufasa:
To be king is a huge obligation
It's not just a license for fun
And since you're the next generation
And even more, since you're my son

I owe you a dad's explanation
That a lifetime of duties begun
But don't get depressed
You get ranked with the best
I'll tell you how, one to one

To be king is a daunting position

Zazu:
But who gives a hoot when you're hot

Mufasa:
He must uphold both the law and tradition

Zazu:
But the perks make up for a lot!

Mufasa:
In short, he's a master tactician
Who must give every subject a shot

Zazu:
From termite to tusker

Mufasa:
From dawn until dusk-ah

Mufasa and Zazu:
A king gives it all that he's got!

Animals:
King, head honcho, master commander
Ruler of all you survey
Up in the mountains
Down in the flat lands
My, what a beautiful day
King, protector, paterfamilias, to his duty reconciled
Rock of the ages
Feast for all seasons
Mighty king
Mighty king
Mighty king of the wild

Trivia

  • This song was deleted because it did not suit James Earl Jones' singing voice.

Video

Mufasa's song02:24

Mufasa's song

Mufasa sings "To Be King"

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