"The Lion in the Moon" is a deleted song from an early draft of The Lion King. It is sung by Sarabi to her young son, Simba, after he and his friend Nala escape a clan of hyenas. Sarabi calms her son with a lullaby about a spirit lion that watches over them from the heavens. This song is a tender lullaby version of "Circle of Life."
Mufasa escorts his son, Simba, home after the cub has a frightening encounter with a clan of hyenas. Simba, ready for sleep, still has the hyenas on his mind, and Sarabi calms him. Then, in the distance, a hyena yips. Simba jumps up, on guard, but Sarabi reassures Simba that he has nothing to fear.
Behind the scenes
- In the final version of The Lion King, the "The Lion in the Moon" sequence is replaced with Mufasa teaching Simba about the Great Kings of the Past.