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King of Pride Rock
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Attribution information
Composer

Hans Zimmer

Mixer

Jay Rifkin

Release information
Released

May 31, 1994

Track

9

Length

5:59

Albums

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

Appearances

The Lion King

Samples
Versions

   Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip ArtThe Lion King 
   Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip ArtThe Lion King (Genesis) 
   Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip ArtThe Lion King (SNES) 

It is time.
Rafiki on Simba's coronation[src]

"King of Pride Rock" is a musical piece composed by Hans Zimmer for The Lion King. It was released on May 31, 1994, as part of the film's soundtrack.

Use

In the soundtracks

"King of Pride Rock" was released on May 31, 1994, as part of the soundtrack for The Lion King.[1][2]

The complete score was unofficially released shortly after the film's soundtrack. "King of Pride Rock" can be heard in its entirety as a track titled "Simba and Nala Move In/Finale".[3]

"King of Pride Rock" was rereleased on September 30, 2003, as part of the film's special edition soundtrack.[4][5]

On June 24, 2014, The Legacy Collection: The Lion King was released, with "King of Pride Rock" once more heard in its entirety as a track titled "The Rightful King".[6][7]

"King of Pride Rock" was reimagined for the 2019 remake of The Lion King. It is titled "Battle for Pride Rock" on the film's soundtrack.[8][9]

The stage musical uses many sections of score from "King of Pride Rock". However, instead of being one cue, the score is split into two parts, "Finale - Part 1" and "Finale - Part 2".[10] The original cast recording includes a rendition of the latter section of the score, called "King of Pride Rock / Circle of Life (Reprise)".[11] This version of the score includes additional Zulu lyrics as Simba ascends Pride Rock. The complete album was released in 1997.[12]

In the film

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Simba's triumphant ascension up Pride Rock, during which "King of Pride Rock" is heard

The first notes of "King of Pride Rock" can be heard after Scar calls Sarabi to Pride Rock. The track plays through their heated confrontation on the peak and carries into Simba's revelation to the pride that he is still alive. Parts of Scar's verbal confrontation with Simba can be heard before the track skips to the start of the rainstorm that signifies the end of the final battle. At this point, the track documents Simba's triumphant ascension up Pride Rock and ends on the final reprise of "Circle of Life" heard at the conclusion of the film.

Lyrics

Ensemble:

Busa le lizwe boRule this land
Busa le lizwe bo
Busa le lizwe bo
Lethu busa ngoxoloRule with peace
Is'khathi sifikileThe time has come
Is'khathi busa iyoIt's time, rule
Is'khathi sifikileThe time has come
Busa lomhlabaRule this land

Is'khathi sifikileThe time has come
Is'khathi sifikile
Busa SimbaRule, Simba
Busa Simba

Ubuse ngo thandoRule with love
Ubuse ngo thando
Ubuse ngo xoloRule with peace
Busa Simba, Busa SimbaRule, Simba, rule, Simba

Ubuse ngo xoloRule with peace
Ubuse ngo thandoRule with love
Ubuse ngo xolo
Ubuse ngo thando
Ubuse ngo xolo

Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life
Circle of life

Trivia

References

  1. The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved on October 8, 2019.
  2. The Lion King. Soundtrack.Net. Autotelics, LLC. Retrieved on October 8, 2019.
  3. The Lion King (Complete Score). Hans-Zimmer.com. Retrieved on October 8, 2019.
  4. The Lion King: Special Edition. iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved on October 11, 2019.
  5. The Lion King. Soundtrack.Net. Autotelics, LLC. Retrieved on October 8, 2019.
  6. Walt Disney Records the Legacy Collection: The Lion King. iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved on October 8, 2019.
  7. The Legacy Collection: The Lion King. Soundtrack.Net. Autotelics, LLC. Retrieved on October 8, 2019.
  8. The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved on October 8, 2019.
  9. The Lion King. Soundtrack.Net. Autotelics, LLC. Retrieved on October 8, 2019.
  10. The lion king conductors score Page 001
  11. The Lion King (Original Broadway Cast Recording). iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved on October 8, 2019.
  12. The Lion King - Original Broadway Cast Recording. Discogs. Zink Media, Inc. Retrieved on October 8, 2019.
  13. YouTube favicon The Lion King Official Trailer on the Walt Disney Studios YouTube channel


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