May 31, 1994
In the soundtracks
Shortly after the release of the film's soundtrack, the complete score was unofficially released. The underscores that comprise "This Land" were released as two separate tracks: "What Am I Going To Do? - Sunrise At Pride Rock" and "Mufasa's Ghost".
In the film
Unlike the other scores in The Lion King, "This Land" is heard in two separate scenes. The first comes early in the film, just before Rafiki is seen painting Simba. The score picks up at the start of the rainstorm and carries through until just before Rafiki's appearance.
At this point, the score shifts to the scene in which Simba encounters the ghost of his father, Mufasa. The score plays through Simba's interaction with Mufasa's spirit as well as his follow-up conversation with Rafiki. The score ends with the musical flourish heard as Simba resolves to return to the Pride Lands amidst Rafiki's cheers of encouragement and joy.
In other media
"This Land" underwent several changes for the 2019 remake of The Lion King. It is cut and replaced with "Rafiki's Fireflies" during the scene in which Rafiki paints Simba. However, it remains relatively unchanged for the scene in which Simba encounters the ghost of his father, Mufasa.
In the stage musical version of The Lion King, the early section of score from "This Land" (the rainstorm) is titled "Pridelands", while the latter part of the track (Simba's encounter with Mufasa's ghost) is called "Pool Reveal". Certain parts of the score were cut and replaced with portions of the "He Lives In You (Reprise)" musical number.
A remixed version of "This Land" is heard in the 1994 video game The Lion King.
Behind the scenes
|The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
Circle of Life • I Just Can't Wait to Be King • Be Prepared • Hakuna Matata • Can You Feel the Love Tonight • This Land • ...To Die For • Under the Stars • King of Pride Rock • Circle of Life • I Just Can't Wait to Be King • Can You Feel the Love Tonight
|The Lion King: Special Edition|
Circle of Life • I Just Can't Wait to Be King • Be Prepared • Hakuna Matata • Can You Feel the Love Tonight • The Morning Report • This Land • ...To Die For • Under the Stars • King of Pride Rock • Circle of Life • I Just Can't Wait to Be King • Can You Feel the Love Tonight (End Title) • Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Remix) • The Hyenas