Be Prepared
Words:Sir Timothy Rice
Music:Elton John
Performed By:  Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings, John Vickery, Tracy Nicole Chapman, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Kevin Cahoon
Copyright:© 1994 Walt Disney Music Company
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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


[Scar]   (spoken)
         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

         (sung)
         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
         Be prepared!

[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
         Be prepared!

[Hyenas] Yes, our teeth and ambitions are bared
         Be prepared!
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