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Be Prepared Song Lyrics

The Lion King Soundtrack - Cartoon, 1997
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Be Prepared [Scar:]

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


And where do we feature?


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:] Yeah, Be prepared.

Yeah-heh... we'll be prepared, heh.

...For what?

[Scar:] For the death of the king.

[Banzai:] Why? Is he sick?

[Scar:] No, fool-- we're going to kill him. And Simba too.

[Shenzi:] Great idea! Who needs a king?

[Shenzi (and then Banzai):]

No king! No king! la--la-la--la-laa-laa!

[Scar:] Idiots! There will be a king!

[Banzai:] Hey, but you said, uh...

[Scar:] I will be king! ...Stick with me, and

you'll never go hungry again!

[Shenzi and Banzai:] Yaay! All right! Long live the king!

[All Hyenas:] Long live the king! Long live the king!

[Full song again]

[Hyenas: {In tight, crisp phrasing and diction}]

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

(Oooh... La! La! La!)

Meticulous planning

(We'll have food!)

Tenacity spanning

(Lots of food)

Decades of denial

(We repeat)

Is simply why I'll

(Endless meat)

Be king undisputed


Respected, saluted


And seen for the wonder I am


Yes, my teeth and ambitions are bared


Be prepared!


Yes, our teeth and ambitions are bared

Be prepared!
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