|...To Die For (Score)|
May 31, 1994
|“||Simba: Hey, Uncle Scar, will I like the surprise?|
Scar: Simba, it's to die for.
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Shortly after the release of the film soundtrack, the unofficial film score was released, though it was retracted shortly afterward.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".
In the film
"...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
- In a story reel for The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, "...To Die For (Score)" serves as background music for Zira's suicide.
|The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
Circle of Life • I Just Can't Wait to be King • Be Prepared • Hakuna Matata • Can You Feel the Love Tonight • This Land (Score) • ...To Die For (Score) • Under the Stars (Score) • King of Pride Rock (Score) • Circle of Life • I Just Can't Wait to be King • Can You Feel the Love Tonight • The Hyenas • The Morning Report