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Spirit
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Attribution information
Composer

   Beyoncé
   IIya Salmanzadeh
   Timothy McKenzie

Lyricist

   Beyoncé
   IIya Salmanzadeh
   Timothy McKenzie

Performers

Beyoncé

Release information
Released

July 19, 2019

Track

14

Length

4:37

Albums

The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Lion King: The Gift

Appearances

The Lion King

Samples
Versions

Anonymous Audio File Icon Clip ArtSpirit 

Come on! What are you waiting for? Let's go home!
Simba to Nala[src]

"Spirit" is a song composed by Beyoncé, IIya Salmanzadeh, and Timothy McKenzie for the 2019 remake of The Lion King. It was released digitally on July 11, 2019, and physically on July 19, 2019, as part of the film's soundtrack. It was also released on the inspired soundtrack The Lion King: The Gift under the title "SPIRIT (From Disney's "The Lion King")".

Lyrics

Uishi kwa muda mrefu mfalme
(Uishi kwa uishi kwa)
Uishi kwa muda mrefu mfalme
(Uishi kwa, uishi kwa)

Yeah, yeah, and the wind is talkin'
Yeah, yeah, for the very first time
With a melody that pulls you towards it
Paintin' pictures of paradise

Sayin' rise up
To the light in the sky, yeah
Watch the light lift your heart up
Burn your flame through the night, whoa

Spirit, watch the heavens open
Yeah
Spirit, can you hear it callin'?
(Callin')
Yeah

Yeah, yeah, and the water's crashin'
Trying to keep your head up high
While you're trembling, that's when the magic happens
And the stars gather by, by your side

Sayin' rise up
To the light in the sky, yeah
Let the light lift your heart up
Burn your flame through the night, yeah

Spirit, watch the heavens open
Yeah
Spirit, can you hear it callin'?
(Callin')
Yeah

Your destiny is comin' close
Stand up and fight

So go into that far-off land
And be one with the Great I Am, I Am
A boy becomes a man, whoa

Spirit, watch the heavens open
Yeah
Spirit, can you hear it callin'?
(Callin')
Yeah
Spirit, yeah, watch the heavens open, open
Yeah
Spirit, spirit, can you hear it callin'?
(Callin')
Yeah

Your destiny is comin' close
Stand up and fight

So go into a far-off land
And be one with the Great I Am

Behind the scenes

  • The song was originally intended to play as the theme of the main credits of the film, but Hans Zimmer lobbied to have it inserted in the actual film itself, as he was impressed by its storytelling.[1]
  • In the film version of the song, Lebo M provides the opening vocals.[2]
  • The song was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media for the 2020 Grammy Awards.[3]

Media


References

  1. [1]
  2. Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (2019). Written by Jeff Nathanson, and directed by Jon Favreau. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  3. Meredith B. Kile‍ (November 20, 2019). GRAMMYs 2020: Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts,' Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' and Other Eligibility Questions, Answered. Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved on November 20, 2019.
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