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“Be Prepared”

Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice
Performed by Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings

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  • Scar (speaking)
  • Scar (singing)
  • Shenzi
  • Hyena chorus

NOTE: This piece is technically considered an instrumental, yet it contains background lyrics, which I have logically interpret and given here. Lyrics of which I'm unsure have been underlined.
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!

   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
   (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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