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Be Prepared (2019 Version)
Attribution information

Elton John


Tim Rice


Chiwetel Ejiofor

Release information

   July 11, 2019 (digitally)
   July 19, 2019 (physically)






The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


The Lion King


Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip Art.pngBe Prepared (2019 Version) 

The way I see it, why eat one meal when you can be feasting the rest of your lives?

"Be Prepared (2019 Version)" is a song composed by Elton John for the 2019 remake of The Lion King. It was released digitally on July 11, 2019, and physically on July 19, 2019, as part of the film's soundtrack.


Scar: (spoken)
Mufasa has always shown too much restraint when it comes to hunting.
When I am king, the mighty will be free to take whatever they want.
Because a hyena's belly is never full.

Shenzi: (spoken)
Mufasa's far too powerful to challenge.

Mufasa is yesterday's message
A clapped out, distracted regime
Whose failings undoubtedly presage
The need for a dif'rent dream

Yes, leonine times are a-changing
Which means that hyenas must, too
My vision is clear and wide-ranging
And even encompasses you

So prepare for the coup of the century
Prepare for the murkiest scam
Meticulous planning
Tenacity spanning
Decades of denial
Is simply why I'll
Be king undisputed
Respected, saluted
And seen for the wonder I am

Yes, my teeth and ambitions are bared
Be prepared!

Hyenas: (chanting)
Be prepared! Be prepared!
Be prepared! Be prepared!

Be prepared

Hyenas: (chanting)
Be prepared! Be prepared!

Be prepared

Hyenas: (chanting)
Be prepared! Be prepared!
Be prepared! Be prepared!

Be prepared
Be prepared

Yes, our teeth and ambitions are bared
Be prepared!

Behind the scenes

  • According to the Blu-ray director's commentary of the film, the inclusion of "Be Prepared" was heavily debated. Jon Favreau felt that the sequence's nature as a bombastic song would clash with the remake's photorealism and feel out of place, so the song was briefly cut. However, the production crew loved the song, and a version in which the song was changed into a spoken monologue by Scar was proposed. Favreau didn't feel satisfied and asked Hans Zimmer for a musical version that could fit in the film. In the end, the song became a combination of the proposed monologue and new music written and composed by Zimmer and Tim Rice, the latter who provided updated lyrics to reflect Scar's different relationship with Shenzi and her clan.


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