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Hakuna Matata (Jimmy Cliff)
Hakuna matata
Attribution information
Composer

Elton John

Lyricist

Tim Rice

Performers

Jimmy Cliff
Lebo M

Release information
Length

4:24

Albums

Rhythm of the Pride Lands

Samples
Versions

Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip ArtHakuna Matata (Jimmy Cliff).ogg 

"Hakuna Matata" is a song performed by reggae singer Jimmy Cliff, featuring Lebo M. It was produced for the soundtrack Rhythm of the Pride Lands. This version of the song is slightly modified from a previously unused verse focusing on Timon's past. It is partially rewritten with a different instrument arrangement, but remains very similar to the original. It was released as a single with "He Lives In You" as a B-side.

Lyrics

Hakuna Matata!
Hem hollolo iyo
Hakuna Matata!
Hem hollolo iyo
Hakuna Matata!
Hakuna Matata!
Hakuna Matata!

When I was a cool young one
(When he was a cool young one)
I worked in the colony, paying my dues
Accepting without question the prevailing views
That a young man's life was one long grind
Diggin' holes, standin' guard till it crossed my mind

I was wrong
All along
All that I needed
Was to have heeded

Chorus:
Hakuna Matata!
What a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata!
Ain't no passing craze
It means no worries
For the rest of your days
It's a problem-free philosophy
Hakuna Matata!

When I was a shallow youth
(When he was a shallow youth)
Cool calm reflection
I was never that good
I was a pawn in the game, I saw no trees for the wood
My future stretched behind me
I was over the hill
I put my best foot forward
But the other one stood still

Take my word
I have heard
All that I needed
Was to have heeded

Repeat Chorus

Hakuna Matata!
Hem hollolo iyo
Hakuna Matata!
Hem hollolo iyo

Hakuna Matata!
I hope we have conveyed
You don't have to bust a gut in the sun
It's much cooler in the shade
Some say it's just a waste of time
But they don't realize
That view is nothing but a crime
We are creatures worldly wise

Repeat Chorus

Credits

Trivia

  • The song was also released with another version of "Hakuna Matata" sung by Debbie Davis and Angélique Kidjo, who went on to sing "We Are One".[1]

References

  1. Hakuna Matata CD cover


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