"Do you see any other big, lovable chunk of warthog here?"
This article is about the stage musical version of "Be Prepared".
You may be looking for the 1994 version, the 2019 version, the deleted reprise, or the Festival of The Lion King version.

Be Prepared (stage musical)
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Elton John


Tim Rice


John Vickery
Stanley Wayne Mathis
Kevin Cahoon
Tracy Nicole Chapman

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The Lion King (Original Broadway Cast Recording)


The Lion King (stage musical)


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"Be Prepared" is a song composed by Elton John for the stage musical version of The Lion King. It was released in 1997 as part of the original cast recording.


Scar: (spoken)
I never thought hyenas essential
They're crude and unspeakably plain
But maybe they've a glimmer of potential
If allied to my vision and brain

I know that your powers of retention
Are as wet as a warthog's backside
But thick as you are, pay attention
My words are a matter of pride

It's clear from your vacant expressions
The lights are not all on upstairs
But we're talking kings and successions
Even you can't be caught unawares

So prepare for a chance of a lifetime
Be prepared for sensational news
A shining new era
Is tiptoeing nearer

Shenzi: (spoken)
And where do we feature?

Scar: (spoken)
Just listen to teacher.

I know it sounds sordid
But you'll be rewarded
When at last I am given my dues
And injustice deliciously squared
Be prepared!

Banzai: (spoken)
Yeah! Be prepared. We'll be prepared. For what?

Scar: (spoken)
For the death of the king!

Banzai: (spoken)
Is he sick?

Scar: (spoken)
No, fool! We're going to kill him...and Simba, too!

Shenzi: (spoken)
Great idea! Who needs a king?

Banzai, Ed, and Shenzi:
No king! No king!
La, la, la, la, la, la!

Scar: (spoken)
Idiots! There will be a king!

Banzai: (spoken)
But you said...

Scar: (spoken)
I will be king! Stick with me, and you'll never go hungry again!

Banzai and Shenzi: (spoken)
Yay, all right! Long live the king! Long live the king!

It's great that we'll soon be connected
With a king who'll be all-time adored

Of course, quid pro quo, you're expected
To take certain duties on board
The future is littered with prizes
And though I'm the main addressee
The point that I must emphasize is
You won't get a sniff without me!

Scar and hyenas:
So prepare for the coup of the century

Be prepared for the murkiest scam
Meticulous planning
(We'll have food)
Tenacity spanning
(Lots of food)
Decades of denial
(We repeat)
Is simply why I'll
(Endless meat)

Be king undisputed
Respected, saluted
And seen for the wonder I am
Yes, my teeth and ambitions are bared

Scar and hyenas:
Be prepared!
Yes, our teeth and ambitions are bared
Be prepared!


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