"Be Prepared (the Lion King)" as written by and Tim Rice Elton John....
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
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!

Lyrics submitted by ruben

"Be Prepared" as written by Tim Rice Elton John

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Walt Disney Music Company, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Comment:O! There are no comments on this? Ish de best. It's 'meaning' is the gathering of Scar's hyena army for the disbanment of pride rock.
    faithful_sparkleon July 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOKAY, hold up.
    A) Jeremy Irons has THE sexiest voice in the entire world, so...that makes Scar sexy. (Yes, I know he's an animated lion) Meaning, this song alone with his voice is...nothing short of orgasmic.
    B) The lyrics are brilliant, the melody is brilliant, the whole scene in the movie.
    Chills guys....CHILLS!
    Misseveruson April 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlol this song was hard to find

    this gotta be one of my fave songs ever lol

    Meticulous planning
    Tenacity spanning
    Decades of denial
    Is simply why I'll
    Be king undisputed
    respected, saluted
    And seen for the wonder I am

    this is perfection at work
    Talamareon January 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits amazing. i sing it all the time. best film in the world :]
    Handguns_For_Heartson February 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is fantastic.

    Not only did it show that Jeremy Irons had a voice but also it showed that a tyrranical dark character could be sing songy.

    Plus, it was also a touch dark in nature and made me feel so awed, even when I was eight, I saw an evil figure coming into power and was amazed at his smooshy all knowing dark attitude about it.

    Quality song as always from Disney.
    Siouxon December 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI miss these days... disney isn't the same anymore, you know?
    thisweatheron August 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGo to Youtube, Find the clip in German. It's even more awsome and then the Nazi overtnes really became clear.
    The sequence was based on a sequence from the Nazi prop flim "Triumph of the Will. Seriously. Once you get the overtones it will send more chills down your spine than ever before.

    And Thisweather is right; Disney sucks today. I prefer to think that Disney went outta the movie making business after Mulan II.

    It eases the heavy heart of yearning. But Disney is mking a comeback with decent movies with 'The Princess and The Frog'.
    CJson December 23, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionJust had to say, I like the double meaning with the word Pride in:

    My words are a matter of pride

    BockClockon September 24, 2010   Link

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