I never though 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 whet 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 sucsessions 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 in justice 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 Simba too (Great idea! Who needs a king!) (No king no king la la la la la la) Idiots! There will be a king! (Eh, but you said uh...) I will be king Stick with me And you'll never go hungry again (Yay! Alright long live the king!) It′s great that we'll soon be connected With a king who′ll be all time adored Of course prid pro quo You're expected To take certain duties aboard 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 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! Yes our teeth and ambitions are bared Be prepared!
Writer(s): Elton John, Tim Rice, Martin Cook