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This article is about the Elton John version of "Circle of Life".
You may be looking for the 1994 version, the 2019 version, the stage musical version, the Circle of Stars version, the Festival of The Lion King song, the life concept, the book, or the short film.

Circle of Life (Elton John)
Attribution information

Elton John


Tim Rice


Jay Rifkin


Elton John
London Community Gospel Choir

Release information

May 31, 1994






The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Legacy Collection: The Lion King
The Lion King: Special Edition


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This version of "Circle of Life" is a pop adaptation of the original song heard in The Lion King.

This is the version that is covered for the first two Disneymania volumes, by Ronan Keating for the first, and the then by stars of Disney Channel for the second. In fact, it is the Disney Channel Circle of Stars' music video that is for the special edition.


Elton John:
From the day we arrive on the planet
And, blinking, step into the sun
There's more to be seen than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done

Some say eat or be eaten
Some say live and let live
But all are agreed, as they join the stampede
You should never take more than you give

In the circle of life
It's the wheel of fortune
It's the leap of faith
It's the band of hope
’Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life

Elton John:
Some of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars
And some of us sail through our troubles
And some have to live with the scars

There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

Repeat chorus twice

Elton John:
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life


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