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Circle of Life (stage musical)
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Attribution information
Composer

Elton John
Hans Zimmer

Lyricist

Tim Rice
Lebo M

Performers

Tsidii Le Loka

Release information
Released

1997

Track

1

Length

4:29

Albums

The Lion King (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Appearances

The Lion King (stage musical)

Samples
Versions

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

Use

In the musical adaption, the opening sequence is altered noticeably in certain ways; for example, the song is sung by Rafiki, who is accompanied by a chorus of multiple background singers garbed in unusual, distinctive costumes or manipulating animal puppets.

As the sun rises over the Pride Lands, Rafiki commences the start of the production by kicking off the song and summoning the various animals of the surrounding area for Simba's presentation. As the first two verses of the musical number end, a representation of Pride Rock appears onstage, carrying its two reigning rulers: King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi, who is cradling the small puppet that represents Simba. As the choir chants excitedly in the background, Rafiki joins the monarchs atop Pride Rock to bless the prince before raising him high into the air, singing joyfully alongside the bowing chorus.

At the end of Act II, Simba's friends and family acknowledge him as the rightful king of the Pride Lands. Rafiki crowns Simba with the mantle of kingship after his victory, and Simba ascends Pride Rock. He then gives a mighty roar across the whole kingdom, and the animals come back to the Pride Lands to recognize Simba as the rightful king. The lionesses appear to celebrate with the other animals as Rafiki holds up Simba and Nala's newborn cub. A blackout finishes Act II and leads to the curtain call at the end.

Lyrics

Rafiki:
Nants ingonyama bakithi baba Here comes a lion, Father

Choir:
Sithi hu ingonyama We hail the lion
Ngonyama nengwe bo A lion and a leopard

Antelope:
Mai ba bo
Ha ingonyama baba

Rafiki:
Nants ingonyama bakithi baba

Choir:
Sithi hu ingonyama
Ngonyama nengwe bo

Antelope:
Oh! Kusani bo
Pheki akalela

Rafiki:
Nants ingonyama bakithi baba

Choir:
Sithi hu ingonyama

Rafiki:
Helele Go for it

Choir:
Ingonyama Lion

Rafiki:
Sizonqoba baba helele We're going to win, Father Go for it

Choir:
Ingonyama

Rafiki:
Oh, sizonqoba, baba We're going to win, Father

Choir:
Ingonyama

Chant:
Ingonyama nengw' enamabala The royal lion wears his leopard spots
(Repeat)

Antelope:
Ingonyama! Enamabala

Rafiki:
From the day we arrive on this planet
And, blinking, step into the sun
There is more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There is 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

It's the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life

It's the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life

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