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This article is about the 1994 version of "Hakuna Matata".
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Hakuna Matata
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Attribution information
Composer

Elton John

Lyricist

Tim Rice

Mixer

Jay Rifkin

Performers

   Nathan Lane
   Ernie Sabella
   Jason Weaver
   Joseph Williams

Release information
Released

May 31, 1994

Track

4

Length

3:33

Albums

   Best of The Lion King
   Jungle Boogie
   The Legacy Collection: The Lion King
   The Lion King 1½: Songs From Timon and Pumbaa's Hilarious Adventure
   The Lion King Collection
   The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
   The Lion King: Disney Karaoke Series
   The Lion King: Special Edition

Appearances

   The Lion King
   The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
   The Lion King 1½
   The Lion Guard

Samples
Versions

Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip Art.pngOriginal Version 
Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip Art.pngJimmy Cliff Version 

Hakuna Matata. It means no worries!
Pumbaa[src]

"Hakuna Matata" is a song composed by Elton John for The Lion King. It was released on May 31, 1994, as part of the film's soundtrack. The song has made reappearances in spin-off films and series such as The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa (in which it is used as the opening theme), The Lion King 1½, The Lion Guard, and the stage musical. It is sung by Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon as Simba accepts the "Hakuna Matata" lifestyle.

Lyrics

Timon:
Hakuna Matata
What a wonderful phrase

Pumbaa:
Hakuna Matata
Ain't no passing craze

Timon:
It means no worries
For the rest of your days
It's our problem-free
Philosophy
Hakuna Matata

Instrumental Break

Timon:
Why, when he was a young warthog

Pumbaa:
When I was a young warthog!

Timon: (spoken)
Very nice.

Pumbaa: (spoken)
Thanks!

Timon:
He found his aroma lacked a certain appeal
He could clear the savanna after every meal

Pumbaa:
I'm a sensitive soul, though I seem thick-skinned
And it hurt, that my friends never stood downwind!
And, oh, the shame!

Timon:
He was ashamed!

Pumbaa:
Thought of changin' my name!

Timon:
Oh, what's in a name?

Pumbaa:
And I got downhearted!

Timon:
How did you feel?

Pumbaa:
Every time that I-

Timon: (spoken)
Hey, Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids.

Pumbaa: (spoken)
Oh, sorry.

Both:
Hakuna Matata
What a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata
Ain't no passing craze!

Simba:
It means no worries
For the rest of your days

Timon: (spoken)
Yeah, sing it, kid!

Simba and Timon:
It's our problem-free...

Pumbaa:
Philosophy...

All:
Hakuna Matata!

Instrumental Break

Timon and Pumbaa:
Hakuna! Matata!
Hakuna! Matata!
Hakuna! Matata!
Hakuna!

Simba:
It means no worries
For the rest of your days

All:
It's our problem-free
Philosophy

Timon:
Hakuna Matata

Pumbaa:
Hakuna! Matata!
Hakuna! Matata!
Hakuna! Matata!
Hakuna! Matata!

Simba:
Hakuna Matata!

Timon:
Hakuna Matata!

Simba:
Hakuna Matata!

Timon:
Hakuna Matata!

Pumbaa:
Ooh-ooh-ooh!

Timon:
Hakuna Matata!

Simba:
Hakuna Matata!
Hakuna Matata!
Yeah!

Timon:
Matata!
Matata!
Ha, ha, ha!

Trivia

General

  • "Hakuna Matata" means "no worries" in Swahili.[1]
  • In 2004, the American Film Institute placed "Hakuna Matata" at #99 on the list of AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.[3]
  • The scene is called back twice in The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa.
    • In "Swiss Missed", Timon is about to perform the song to Fronk Fegnugen, only for Fronk to interrupt him, telling him that he doesn't have time for an entire musical number.
    • In "To Be Bee or Not To Be Bee", Timon tells Buzz to take a deep breath and repeat "Hakuna Matata" after him. After Buzz does so, Timon and Pumbaa start to sing the song alongside Buzz and the rest of the bee colony, as they teach the bees to relax and enjoy life with no worries.
  • "Hakuna Matata" can be heard briefly during Toy Story. It plays inside Andy's mother's car as Molly watches Woody and Buzz Lightyear attempt to catch up to the moving van.[4]
  • Bill Condon had actors sing "Hakuna Matata" at the auditions for the 2017 live action film Beauty and the Beast. It helped measure their singing voices and determined who he chose for the final cast.[5]

In Development

  • There have been rumors that Tim Rice was inspired by the British sitcom Bottoms. However, this rumor has been debunked, as Rice has stated that he meant to craft the number as a philosophical conversation.[7]

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