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...To Die For (Score)
General Information

Hans Zimmer


May 31, 1994





Usage Information

The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


The Lion King


Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip Art...To Die For (Score).ogg 

Simba: Hey, Uncle Scar, will I like the surprise?
Scar: Simba, it's to die for.
Scar and Simba, shortly before the stampede[src]

"...To Die For (Score)" is a musical piece composed by Hans Zimmer for The Lion King. It was released on May 31, 1994, as part of the film's soundtrack.


In the soundtracks

"...To Die For (Score)" was released on May 31, 1994, as part of the soundtrack of The Lion King. It is one of four scores from the release, in addition to "This Land (Score)", "Under the Stars (Score)", and "King of Pride Rock (Score)".

Shortly after the release of the film soundtrack, the unofficial film score was released, though it was retracted shortly afterward. During its brief release, "...To Die For (Score)" could be heard in its entirety as two separate tracks titled "Stampede" and "Mufasa's Death".

On June 24, 2014, The Legacy Collection: The Lion King was released, with "...To Die For (Score)" having been split once more into two separate tracks, "Stampede" and "Mufasa Dies".

The stage musical uses a much more vocal-heavy rendition of the score titled "The Stampede". It was released in 1997 as part of the original cast recording.

In the film

The stampede scene, which comprises the initial half of "...To Die For (Score)"

"...To Die For (Score)" is heard in The Lion King as a representation of the stampede scene, in which Scar baits Mufasa into rescuing his son, Simba. The track starts when Simba notices a herd of wildebeests stampeding into the gorge. It carries through his flight from the wildebeests and into Mufasa's successful rescue attempt. After Mufasa falls to his death, the score changes tone, moving into the mournful underscore heard as Simba discovers and grieves over his father's body. The track plays through his tearful confrontation with Scar and ends on the flute notes heard as he flees the Pride Lands.

Behind the scenes


  1. YouTube favicon Zira's Death on the TessaNala YouTube channel