Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice
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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 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! Yeah! Be prepared. We'll be prepared! For what? For the death of the king Is he sick? No, fool! We're going to kill him. And Simba, too Great idea! Who needs a king? No king, no king! La la la la la! Idiots! There will be a king! But you said... 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! 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 Oooooo, 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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