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I Just Can't Wait to Be King
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Attribution information
Composer

Elton John
Hans Zimmer

Lyricist

Tim Rice

Mixer

Jay Rifkin

Performers

Rowan Atkinson
Jason Weaver
Laura Williams

Release information
Released

May 31, 1994

Track

2

Length

2:50

Albums

Best of The Lion King
Jungle Boogie
The Legacy Collection: The Lion King
The Lion King Collection
The Lion King (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Lion King: Disney Karaoke Series
The Lion King: Special Edition

Appearances

The Lion King
The Stage Musical

Samples
Versions

Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip ArtOriginal Version 
Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip ArtElton John Version 
Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip ArtStage Musical Version 

Simba: So you have to do what I tell you.
Zazu: Not yet I don't. And with an attitude like that, I'm afraid you're shaping up to be a pretty pathetic king indeed.
Simba: Not the way I see it.
Simba and Zazu[src]


"I Just Can't Wait to Be King" 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. It is sung by Simba, Nala, and Zazu as they argue over Simba's authoritative rights as the future king of the Pride Lands.

Lyrics

Simba:
I'm gonna be a mighty king
So, enemies, beware!

Zazu:
Well, I've never seen a king of beasts
With quite so little hair

Simba:
I'm gonna be the main event
Like no king was before
I'm brushin' up on lookin' down
I'm workin' on my roar!

Zazu:
Thus far, a rather uninspiring thing

Simba:
Oh, I just can't wait to be king!

Zazu:
You've rather a long way to go, young master
If you think...

Simba:
No one sayin', 'Do this!'

Zazu:
Now when I said that...

Nala:
No one sayin', 'Be there!'

Zazu:
What I meant was...

Simba:
No one sayin', 'Stop that!'

Zazu:
What you don't realize...

Simba and Nala:
No one sayin', 'See here!'

Zazu:
Now see here!

Simba:
Free to run around all day!

Zazu:
Well, that's definitely out.

Simba:
Free to do it all my way!

Zazu:
I think it's time that you and I
Arranged a heart-to-heart

Simba:
Kings don't need advice
From little hornbills for a start

Zazu:
If this is where the monarchy is headed
Count me out!
Out of service, out of Africa
I wouldn't hang about!
This child is getting wildly out of wing!

Simba:
Oh, I just can't wait to be king!

Everybody look left!
Everybody look right!
Everywhere you look I'm...
Standin' in the spotlight!

Zazu:
Not yet!

Chorus:
Let every creature go for broke and sing!
Let's hear it in the herd and on the wing!
It's gonna be King Simba's finest fling!

Simba:
Oh, I just can't wait to be king!
Oh, I just can't wait to be king!
Oh, I just can't wait...
To be king!

Trivia

  • During this sequence in the movie, the background changes to brighter colors and more geometric shapes to reflect Simba's naive perspective of the world.[1]
  • In early versions of the song, the crocodiles are gray. This occurs in the ABC premiere of The Lion King, the Disney Sing-Along Songs version, and the 1995 VHS release. However, the animation of the crocodiles were completely re-done in the 2002 IMAX re-release and later home video releases.[2][3]
  • In the stage musical version of the song, Nala gets a few more singing parts. The 2019 remake film also gives Nala additional singing lines.[4]
  • In the The Legacy Collection: The Lion King release, both Simba and Nala perform the line "No one saying 'see here'." In previous soundtrack releases, only Nala performed this line.
  • The song is referenced in “The Morning Report” when there is a flashback of Simba donning the red leaf mane.
  • The way the Lion Guard dresses up as male lions in "The Ukumbusho Tradition" mirrors the way Simba dons a mane of red leaves during the song.

Media


References

  1. Allers, Roger; Hahn, Don, and Minkoff, Rob (1995). Laserdisc/DVD/Blu-Ray audio commentary for The Lion King. Walt Disney Home Entertainment.
  2. 1994 crocodiles
  3. Special-Edition crocodiles
  4. Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (2019). Written by Jeff Nathanson, and directed by Jon Favreau. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.


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