"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" as written by and George David Weiss Hugo Peretti....
Wee-ooh wim-o-weh. Wee-ooh wim-o-weh.
Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh.
Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh.

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight.
In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight.

Wee-ooh wim-o-weh.
Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh.
Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh.

Near the village, the peaceful village, the lion sleeps tonight.
Near the village, the peaceful village, the lion sleeps tonight.

Wee-ooh wim-o-weh. Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh.
Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh.

Hush, my darling, don't fear, my darling, the lion sleeps tonight.
Hush, my darling, don't fear, my darling, the lion sleeps tonight.

Whuh whuh whuh wim-o-weh. Wee-ooh wim-o-weh wee-ooh
wim-o-weh wee-ooh wim-o-weh.


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"The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)" as written by George David Weiss Hugo Peretti

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    General CommentThe Chorus should actually be "uyi[mbube]". That's the Zulu term used, meaning "You're a [lion]."
    I think it's really cool how it was in the Lion King, it was originally a South African folk song about the Last king of the Zulu's. Its said that he never died, he is just sleeping, waiting to return. While in the Lion King, Simba is thought dead and comes back. I don't know, I guess it's just funny how it ties in with the movie on another level, even with Timone singing "Apumba" in exchange of the actual lyrics ^_^
    kaileanneon May 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOkay, this is one of the best songs ever made! It's just so catchy. You can't hear it and not wanna sing along.
    Dawnie-7on October 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAnnoying, funny, and old!! Gotta love this song!
    Quickstepon June 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commenttotally agreed! You can't listen to it without wanting to sing with it! Or in my case, go watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
    princessofpkron April 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti loe the little bit of this song thats in "the lion king" its such a great tune and everyone knows the words
    *nemelcy*on April 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentKaileanne is right. I while ago a bought an album, which was a collection of African songs entitled African Playground.
    In the notes it reads the following:

    Does this song sound familiar? Most people know this as "The Lion Sleeps
    Tonight," which is a popular song around the world. It is based on a song in the Zulu Language from South Africa that was written in 1939 by a musician named Solomon Linda. Someone in America [Pete Seeger] heard it and decided to write English words.
    It became a worldwide hit.
    The Zulu word for lion is "imbube." To call to a lion you say "mbube."
    MrEnigmaon October 03, 2009   Link

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