Performers for film version:
Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings
Performers for original Broadway cast version:
John Vickery, Tracy Nicole Chapman, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Kevin Cahoon
I never thought that hyenas essential
They're crude and unspeakably plain
Maybe they've a glimmer of potential
If allied to my vision and brain
I know that your powers of retention
Are as wet as a warthog's backside
But thick as you are, pay attention
My words are a matter of pride
It's clear from your vacant expressions
The lights are not all on upstairs
But we're talking kings and successions
Even you can't be caught unawares
So prepare for a chance of a lifetime
Be prepared for sensational news
A shining new era
Is tiptoeing nearer
[Shenzi] And where do we feature?
[Scar] Just listen to teacher
I know it sounds sordid
But you'll be rewarded
When at last I am given my dues!
And injustice deliciously squared
[Banzai] Be prepared for what?
[Scar] For the death of the king!
[Banzai] Why? Is he sick?
[Scar] No, you fool, we're going to kill him... and Simba too!
[Shenzi] Great idea! Who needs a king?
[Hyenas] No king, No king, nah nah nah nah nah nah!
[Scar] Idiots! There will BE a king!
[Banzai] But you just said...
[Scar] *I* will be king!
Stick with me, and you'll never be hungry again!
[Hyenas] YEA!!!!!! Long live the king!
It's great that we'll soon be connected
With a king who'll be all-time adored
[Scar] Of course, quid pro quo, you're expected
To take certain duties on board
The future is littered with prizes
And though I'm the main addressee
The point that I must emphasize is
You won't get a sniff without me
So prepare for the coup of the century
Be prepared for the murkiest scam ([Hyenas] Ooooh La-la-la!)
Meticulous planning ([Hyenas] We'll have food!)
Tenacity spanning ([Hyenas] Lots of food)
Decades of denial ([Hyenas] We repeat)
Is simply why I'll ([Hyenas] Endless meat)
Be king undisputed ([Hyenas] Aaaaaaaaaah!)
respected, saluted ([Hyenas] Aaaaaaaaaah!)
And seen for the wonder I am ([Hyenas] Aaaaaaaaaah!)
Yes my teeth and ambitions are bared
[Hyenas] Yes, our teeth and ambitions are bared