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I Just Can't Wait to Be King
I Just Can't Wait to Be King
from the musical The Lion King
Originally performed by
Composer Elton John
Lyrics Tim Rice
Performer(s) Scott Irby-Ranniar (Simba)
Kajuana Shuford (Nala)
Geoff Hoyle (Zazu)
Length
Albums
Preceded by The Lioness Hunt
Followed by Chow Down

"I Just Can't Wait to Be King" is a song sung by Simba, Nala, and Zazu and is the fifth song performed in the musical The Lion King.

It is performed by young Simba and Nala to distract Zazu, as well as to proclaim Simba's desire to become King of the Pride Lands. It also sets him up when he is tricked into thinking that he killed his father, Mufasa.

LyricsEdit

Simba:
I'm gonna be a mighty king
So enemies beware

Zazu (spoken):
Well, I've never seen a king of beasts
With quite so little hair

Simba:
I'm gonna be the main event
Like no king was before
I'm brushing up on looking down
I'm working on my roar!

Zazu (spoken):
Thus far, a rather uninspiring thing

Simba:
Oh, I just can't wait to be king

Zazu (spoken):
You've rather a long way to go,
Young master, if you think--

Simba:
No one saying, "Do this"

Zazu (spoken):
Now when I said that, I--

Nala:
No one saying, "Be there"

Zazu (spoken):
What I meant was--

Simba:
No one saying, "Stop that!"

Zazu (spoken):
Look, what you don't realize--

Simba and Nala:
No one saying, "See here!"

Zazu (spoken):
Now see here!

Simba:
Free to run around all day

Zazu (spoken):
Well, that's definitely out

Simba:
Free to do it all my way

Zazu:
I think it's time that you and I
Arranged a heart to heart

Nala:
Kings don't need advice
From little hornbills for a start

Zazu:
If this is where the monarchy is headed
Count me out
Out of service, out of Africa
I wouldn't hang about
This child is getting wildly out of wing

Simba:
Oh, I just can't wait to be king

Everybody look left

Nala:
Everybody look right

Simba:
Everywhere you look I'm

Simba and Nala:
Standin' in the spotlight!

Zazu (spoken):
Not yet!

Chorus:
Let every creature go for broke and sing
Let's hear it in the herd and on the wing
It's gonna be King Simba's finest fling

Simba:
Oh, I just can't wait to be king

Nala:
Oh, he just can't wait to be king

Simba:
Oh, I just can't wait...

Nala:
Just can't wait

Chorus:
To be king!!!!

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