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"Be Prepared" is a song from Disney's 1994 animated film, The Lion King. It features the villainous lion Scar rallying Shenzi, Banzai, Ed, and the rest of the hyenas together to prepare for his reign as king of the Pride Lands. The song was mostly performed by Scar's voice actor Jeremy Irons. However, when Irons' voice gave out, the song was finished by voice actor Jim Cummings. The parts of Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed were performed by their voice actors Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings respectively. The hyenas were performed by a chorus.

In 2019, Disney remade The Lion King as a CGI/live-action film. The 2019 version had different lyrics and was performed by Scar's voice actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and a chorus as the hyenas.

LyricsEdit

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 the 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!

[Yeah, be prepared! We'll be prepared! For what?]

[For the death of the king!]

[Why? Is he sick?]

[No, fool, we're gonna kill him. And Simba, too.]

[Great idea! Who needs a king?
No king! No king! La-la-la-la-la-la!]

[Idiots! There will be a king!]

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

[I will be king! Stick with me, and you'll never go hungry again!]

[Yay! All right! Long live the king!
Long live the king! Long live the king!]

(King, king, king, king, king, king!)

It's great that we'll soon be connected
With a king who'll be all time adored
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
(Ooh... 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!

[I never thought hyenas essential
They're crude and unspeakably plain
But 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 the 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!

[Yeah, be prepared! We'll be prepared! For what?]

[For the death of the king!]

[Why? Is he sick?]

[No, fool, we're gonna kill him. And Simba, too.]

[Great idea! Who needs a king?
No king! No king! La-la-la-la-la-la!]

[Idiots! There will be a king!]

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

[I will be king! Stick with me, and you'll never go hungry again!]

[Yay! All right! Long live the king!
Long live the king! Long live the king!]

(King, king, king, king, king, king!)

It's great that we'll soon be connected
With a king who'll be all time adored
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
(Ooh... 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!

[Mufasa has always shown too much restraint when it comes to hunting. When I'm king, the mighty will be free to take whatever they want, because a hyena's belly is never full.]

[Mufasa's far too powerful to challenge...]

Mufasa is yesterday's message
A clapped-out, distracted regime
Whose failings undoubtedly presage
The need for a different dream

Yes leonine times are a-changing
Which means that hyenas must too
My vision is clear and wide-ranging
And even encompasses you.

So prepare for the coup of the century
Prepare for the murkiest scam
Meticulous planning
Tenacity spanning
Decades of denial
Is simply why I'll

Be king undisputed
Respected, saluted
And seen for the wonder I am
Yes, my teeth and ambitions are bared
Be prepared!

(Be prepared, be prepared, be prepared, be prepared)
Be prepared, be prepared
(Be prepared, be prepared, be prepared, be prepared)
Be prepared
(Be prepared, be prepared, be prepared, be prepared)
Be prepared
(Be prepared, be prepared, be prepared, be prepared)

Yes, our teeth and ambitions are bared
Be prepared!

Other AppearancesEdit

  • The version of the song on the soundtrack features a short soliloquy from Scar before the song begins.
  • The song was featured on the following albums:
    • The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    • The Lion King: Special Edition
    • Best of the Lion King
    • Disney Villains: Simply Sinister Songs
    • Walt Disney Records the Legacy Collection: The Lion King
  • Part of the song was used in The Lion King 1½ as Timon and Pumbaa are sneaking around the Elephant Graveyard.
  • The 2019 version was featured on its film's soundtrack.
  • The song was featured in Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom Festival of The Lion King.
  • The song is featured in the Broadway musical, also with the soliloquy.

GalleryEdit

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TriviaEdit

  • The song had a reprise written, but it was cut from the film for being considered too dark.
  • The line "My words are a matter of pride" is a pun, as a group of lions is called a "pride".
  • The sequence showing the Hyenas goosestepping was notoriously modeled after actual footage of Nazi troops marching in Berlin with Adolf Hitler watching.
  • In the soundtrack's lyric booklet, the line "You won't get a sniff without me!" was accidentally written as "You won't get a sniff out of me!"
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