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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

From the musical

The Lion King



Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice

Originally Performed by The Tokens

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is a well-known song featured in both the film and musical versions of The Lion King, as well as in a music video on Timon & Pumbaa and on Track 3 from the CD Rhythm of the Pride Lands. It was originally sung by The Tokens, as well as written and recorded as "Mbube" ("Lion" in Zulu) in South Africa by Solomon Linda in 1939. The song is also performed in the Festival of the Lion King shows at the Disney Parks.

    Release Date: 1939

Songbooks and Arrangements


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Deke Sharon / Anne Raugh : A Cappella Songbook II : SATB : 01 Songbook : 073999914986 : 0793595282 : 08741650

Deke Sharon / Anne Raugh : A Cappella Songbook II

Designed to be introductory primers for high school or other beginning groups, the Contemporary A Cappella Association Songbooks nonetheless adhere to a fine musical standard (unlike some beginning arrangements, which can be watered down and unsatisfying). There are informative performance notes and recommendations for transposing parts, to permit performance by all male or female ensembles. In addition, a discography suggests definitive recordings of these popular songs, which can help facilitate the learning process and educate the ear. Easy to use, the CASA songbooks are an excellent resource.

Songlist: The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Blue Moon, It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yestersay, Sixty Minute Man, It's Alright, Stand By Me, Why Do Fools Fall In Love? , Li'l Red Riding Hood, My Home, Good Lovin'

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Voicing: SATB | 1003b | Songbook | $11.98 | A Cappella


Robert de Frece : Hooray for Singing! : Kids : 01 Songbook : 654979183747  : 00-BMR08013

Robert de Frece : Hooray for Singing!

Singing deserves a place at the center of all the musical skills. This fun collection will delight students and enhance their part-singing and sight-singing skills. Teaching suggestions are included for each of nine songs which range from unison to rounds to 2-part, to simple 3- and 4-part voicings. Movement accompanies each song which enhances the learning experience and provides for exciting performances. Grades 4-8.

Songlist: Visuals for Teaching, Follow Your Own Instructions Canon, Come and Sing a Round, There's a Little Wheel A-turnin' in My Heart, Morning Canon, Good Night, Deck the Hall, Climbin' the Hall, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit

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Voicing: Kids | 6521b | Songbook | $14.95


Roger Emerson : Classic Pops for Guys : TTBB : 01 Songbook : 888680609689 : 00157711

Roger Emerson : Classic Pops for Guys

Develop enthusiasm and skill with this value packed collection for men's chorus that will add to your repertoire and be fun to rehearse! Includes: ABC (The Jackson 5), The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Tokens), Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson), Pretty Little Angel Eyes (Curtis Lee), Silhouettes (The Rays).

Songlist: ABC, Silhouettes, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Man In The Mirror, Pretty Little Angel Eyes

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Voicing: TTBB | 4432b | Songbook | $3.95


Individual Folios

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Elton John : Tokens : The Lion King : Songbook : 00155192 : 888680104511

Kirby Shaw : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Choirs will love singing the beautiful chords of this storied song famous the world over! Topping the charts in 1961 in a recording by the Tokens, it is now available in this a cappella setting that will fill your performance space with harmony!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Elton John Performed By: Tokens | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00155192


The Lion Sleeps Tonight : SSAA : Kirby Shaw : Elton John : Tokens : The Lion King : Sheet Music : 00155194 : 888680104535

Kirby Shaw : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Choirs will love singing the beautiful chords of this storied song famous the world over! Topping the charts in 1961 in a recording by the Tokens, it is now available in this a cappella setting that will fill your performance space with harmony!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Elton John Performed By: Tokens | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00155194


The Lion Sleeps Tonight : TTBB : Kirby Shaw : Elton John : Tokens : The Lion King : Sheet Music : 00155196 : 888680104559

Kirby Shaw : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Choirs will love singing the beautiful chords of this storied song famous the world over! Topping the charts in 1961 in a recording by the Tokens, it is now available in this a cappella setting that will fill your performance space with harmony!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Elton John Performed By: Tokens | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00155196


The Lion Sleeps Tonight : 3-Part : Roger Emerson : Luigi Creatore : Sheet Music : 00249511 : 888680711047

Roger Emerson : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Here is one of the most popular Doo-wop songs ever. This arrangement features percussion parts for Djembe and Shaker, a simple piano part and ranges that are perfect for young singers. The call and response form allows for easy learning. And since every parent in the audience will know the tune, it will be lots of fun for them to join in if you want.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composer: Luigi Creatore

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Voicing: 3-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00249511 | Voicetrax CD Available


The Lion Sleeps Tonight : TB : Roger Emerson : Sheet Music : 00249512 : 888680711054

Roger Emerson : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Here is one of the most popular Doo-wop songs ever. This arrangement features percussion parts for Djembe and Shaker, a simple piano part and ranges that are perfect for young singers. The call and response form allows for easy learning. And since every parent in the audience will know the tune, it will be lots of fun for them to join in if you want.

Arranger: Roger Emerson

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Voicing: TB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00249512 | Voicetrax CD Available


The Lion Sleeps Tonight : SATB : Roger Emerson : Elton John : The Lion King : Sheet Music : 40312304 : 073999064124

Roger Emerson : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

(Emerson) SATB

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composer: Elton John | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 40312304 | Showtrax CD Available


The Lion Sleeps Tonight : TTBB : Roger Emerson : Elton John : The Lion King : Sheet Music : 40312311 : 073999794106

Roger Emerson : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composer: Elton John | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 40312311 | Showtrax CD Available


The Lion Sleeps Tonight : 2-Part : Roger Emerson : Elton John : The Lion King : Sheet Music : 40312322 : 073999123227

Roger Emerson : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composer: Elton John | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 40312322 | Showtrax CD Available


The Lion Sleeps Tonight : TBB : Jeff Funk : Elton John : The Lion King : Sheet Music : 00-CH9858 : 029156908879

Jeff Funk : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the jungle! But seriously. This song just keeps coming back! Repopularized in the Disney animated hit movie The Lion King, it is now being featured in the Broadway version of the film.

Arranger: Jeff Funk | Composer: Elton John | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-CH9858 | Showtrax CD Available


The Lion Sleeps Tonight : SATB : Jeff Funk : Elton John : The Lion King : Sheet Music : 00-WBCH9424 : 029156107937

Jeff Funk : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Jeff's arrangement of this classic hit, heard in the blockbuster hit movie The Lion King and featured in the Burger King merchandising campaign, is accessible for young performers on up. A captivating song in a delightful arrangement. Don't sleep on this one. The accompaniment is rhythmic and dynamic. Add it to your choir's repertoire.

Arranger: Jeff Funk | Composer: Elton John | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-WBCH9424 | Showtrax CD Available


The Lion Sleeps Tonight : 3-Part : Jeff Funk : Elton John : The Lion King : Sheet Music : 00-WBCH9425 : 029156107944

Jeff Funk : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Jeff's arrangement of this classic hit, heard in the blockbuster hit movie The Lion King and featured in the Burger King merchandising campaign, is accessible for young performers on up. A captivating song in a delightful arrangement. Don't sleep on this one. The accompaniment is rhythmic and dynamic. Add it to your choir's repertoire.

Arranger: Jeff Funk | Composer: Elton John | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: 3-Part | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-WBCH9425 | Showtrax CD Available


The Lion Sleeps Tonight : 2-Part : Jeff Funk : Elton John : The Lion King : Sheet Music : 00-WBCH9426 : 029156107951

Jeff Funk : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Jeff's arrangement of this classic hit, heard in the blockbuster hit movie The Lion King and featured in the Burger King merchandising campaign, is accessible for young performers on up. A captivating song in a delightful arrangement. Don't sleep on this one. The accompaniment is rhythmic and dynamic. Add it to your choir's repertoire.

Arranger: Jeff Funk | Composer: Elton John | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-WBCH9426 | Showtrax CD Available

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