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I Just Can't Wait to Be King

From the Disney movie

The Lion King



Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice

"I Just Can't Wait to Be King" is a song from The Lion King. It is performed near the beginning of the film by a young Simba and Nala to distract Zazu, as well as to enunciate Simba's desires to become king. It is a large contrast from the film's non-musical segments, as emphasized by the number's usage of lively colors and sounds. Also, the animals and backgrounds are notably more surreal as opposed to how they looked during "Circle of Life."

The song was composed by Tim Rice (lyrics) and Elton John (music). It was performed by Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson, Laura Williams, and the chorus. In the original Broadway cast recording of The Lion King, it is performed by Scott Irby-Ranniar, Kajuana Shuford, and Geoff Hoyle. Elton John himself also recorded his own version of the song for the film's soundtrack.

It also appears in DisneyToon's 2004 direct-to-video midquel The Lion King 1˝. Timon and Pumbaa are disturbed by some noise from outside of their home, which is actually Simba, Nala, and the animals singing this musical number. Timon becomes angry and hits the leg of an elephant supporting the tower of animals. The elephant jumps in surprise, causing the tower to collapse, explaining why it collapses on Zazu in the original film and Pumbaa then realizes what Timon has done and pulls him out of the way. Timon and Pumbaa's home is ruined by this event. Oddly, this film establishes that the events of the song happened, when the original film implied that the events of that sequence didn't in the aftermath of the song.

    Release Date: 1999


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Tim Rice : The Lion King - Broadway Selections : Solo : 01 Songbook : 884088254292 : 1423446259 : 00316122

Tim Rice : The Lion King - Broadway Selections

Easy arrangements of 15 songs from this hit Tonyae-winning musical: Be Prepared - Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Circle of Life - Endless Night - Hakuna Matata - I Just Can't Wait to Be King - King of Pride Rock - The Morning Report - Shadowland - They Live in You - more.

Songlist: Circle Of Life, I Just Can't Wait To Be King, Be Prepared, Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, King Of Pride Rock, Chow Down, Endless Night, They Live In You, He Lives In You (Reprise), Circle Of Life (Reprise), The Madness Of King Scar, Shadowland, The Morning Report, Nants' Ingonyama (Stage Version)

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Voicing: Solo | 20131b | Songbook | $16.95 | Easy Piano


Elton John & Tim Rice : The Lion King - Broadway Selections : Solo : Songbook : 073999279122 : 0793591945 : 00313097

Elton John & Tim Rice : The Lion King - Broadway Selections

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. Released to theaters on June 15, 1994 by Walt Disney Pictures, it is the 32nd film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The story, which was strongly influenced by the William Shakespeare play Hamlet, takes place in a kingdom of anthropomorphic animals in Africa. The film was the highest grossing animated film of all time until the release of Finding Nemo (a Disney/Pixar computer-animated film). The Lion King still holds the record as the highest grossing traditionally animated film in history and belongs to an era known as the Disney Renaissance. A musical film, The Lion King garnered two Academy Awards for its achievement in music and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Songs were written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, with an original score by Hans Zimmer. Our deluxe songbook features piano/vocal arrangements of 14 songs by Elton John and Tim Rice from this beloved Tony-winning musical. Includes a special section of fantastic full-color photos from the Broadway production!

Songlist: Be Prepared, Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, Chow Down, Circle Of Life, Circle Of Life (Reprise), Endless Night, Hakuna Matata, He Lives In You (Reprise), I Just Can't Wait To Be King, King Of Pride Rock, The Madness Of King Scar, The Morning Report, Shadowland, They Live In You

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Voicing: Solo | 5219b | Songbook | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Lisa DeSpain : Broadway Presents! Kids' Musical Theatre Anthology : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088686659 : 0739055712 : 00322155

Lisa DeSpain : Broadway Presents! Kids' Musical Theatre Anthology

A delightful collection of musical theatre songs that kids love to perform, from a variety of shows. Using original scores, the songs have been selected and adapted with the ranges and skills of young singers in mind. Included in this collection are short summaries for each of the musicals, a dramatic and character set-up for each song, audition tips, and 16-bar cut suggestions.

Songlist: All I Do is Dream of You, Alone in the Universe , Be Kind to Your Parents, Big Blue World, Consider Yourself, Different (Honk!), Doll on a Music Box/Truly Scrumptious , The Girl I Mean To Be, Good Morning, Green Eggs and Ham, Heart, I Gotta Crow, I Just Can't Wait To Be King, I Want it Now, It's Possible , Johnny One Note, Part of Your World, Pure Imagination , Shy, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, When I Get My Name In Lights , Wouldn't It Be Loverly

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Voicing: Solo | 5432b | Songbook & CD | $22.95


Tim Rice : The Lion King : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999125047 : 079353416X : 00312504

Tim Rice : The Lion King

A souvenir folio from one of the most-loved Disney blockbusters of all time, featuring full-color scenes from the movie and five songs: Be Prepared - Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Circle of Life - Hakuna Matata - I Just Can't Wait to Be King.

Songlist: Circle Of Life, I Just Can't Wait To Be King, Be Prepared, Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

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Voicing: Solo | 20269b | Songbook | $17.95 | PVG


Tim Rice : The Lion King : Solo : Songbook : 888680968144 : 154006557X : 00303314

Tim Rice : The Lion King

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of Disney's iconic animated classic, The Lion King, and it is now being brought to a new generation of viewers with a new live action film. Our matching songbook to the soundtrack for the July 2019 production features 16 songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, including five classics from the original film: Be Prepared - Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Circle of Life - Hakuna Matata - I Just Can't Wait to Be King; as well as new songs including Spirit performed by Beyoncé and Never Too Late performed by Elton John. Includes 8 pages of full-color art from the film.

Songlist: Circle Of Life, I Just Can't Wait To Be King, Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, He Lives In You, Remember, Never Too Late, Spirit, Stampede, Nants' Ingonyama, Battle For Pride Rock, Be Prepared (2019), Rafiki's Fireflies, Scar Takes The Throne, Simba Is Alive!, The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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Voicing: Solo | 70756b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG


Various : The Library of Disney Songs : Solo : Songbook : 888680902155 : 1540042022 : 00287155

Various : The Library of Disney Songs

There are songs for everyone in this collection of over 50 popular hits arranged for piano, voice and guitar from Disney movies past and present. It features classics from Cinderella and Peter Pan as well as modern favorites from Coco and Tangled and much more. Also includes songs from the movies: 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, The AristoCats, Frozen, Hercules, Lady and the Tramp, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Moana, Mary Poppins, Pocahontas, Sleeping Beauty, Toy Story, and more.

Songlist: Once Upon A Dream, Circle Of Life, I Just Can't Wait To Be King, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Beauty And The Beast, Someday, Colors Of The Wind, If I Never Knew You (End Title), Alice In Wonderland, You've Got A Friend In Me, God Help The Outcasts, Zero To Hero, Go The Distance, I'll Make A Man Out Of You, Reflection, Written In The Stars, Trashin' The Camp* (Pop Version), You'll Be In My Heart (Pop Version)*, When She Loved Me, Let It Go, The Aristocats, The Ballad Of Davy Crockett, The Bare Necessities, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song), Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Candle On The Water, Happy Working Song, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Cruella De Vil, A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40619b | Songbook | $24.95 | PVG


Various Arrangers : Broadway Songs for Kids : Solo : Songbook & Online Audio : 884088590581 : 1458411230 : 00230103

Various Arrangers : Broadway Songs for Kids

This hefty collection also includes online access to professional recordings of piano accompaniments for each song, making it easy to practice or audition when an accompanist isn't available. It includes more than 30 songs made famous by kids singing on stage, arranged in piano/vocal/guitar notation. Includes: Castle on a Cloud - Do-Re-Mi - Gary, Indiana - Getting Tall - I Just Can't Wait to Be King - I Whistle a Happy Tune - I Won't Grow Up - It's the Hard-Knock Life - Let Me Entertain You - Little People - So Long, Farewell - Tomorrow - Where Is Love? - You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile - and more. Online audio is accessed at halleonard.com/mylibrary.

Songlist: Little Lamb, I Just Can't Wait To Be King, Tomorrow, Wendy, Born To Entertain, Maybe, Electricity, Let Me Entertain You, What If, Castle On A Cloud, I Always Knew, Expressing Yourself, Dites-Moi (Tell Me Why), Do-Re-Mi, The Tree, Gary, Indiana, Getting Tall, I Don't Need Anything But You, I Know Things Now, I Whistle A Happy Tune, I Won't Grow Up, I'd Do Anything, It's The Hard-Knock Life, Little People, The Lonely Goatherd, My Best Girl (My Best Beau), The Perfect Nanny, So Long, Farewell, Where Is Love?, Who Will Buy?, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 3052b | Songbook & Online Audio | $27.95 | PVG


Musical Island Boys : Four : 00  1 CD

Musical Island Boys : Fournew

From the other "down under" here is an excellent recording from the Wellington, New Zealand based quartet Musical Island Boys who are a certifiable barbershop boy band phenomenon. Winners of the Gold medals at the 2014 Barbershop International competition they are one of only a couple non-US quartets to become champions. And it's easy to see why these lads have done so well when you hear their excellent renditions of these top-notch arrangements. All four singers are of Pacific Islander heritage including Samoan and Maori and perhaps it's the great tradition of singing in their cultures that give them the special touch they so clearly demonstrate. Recommended

Songlist: I Just Can't Wait to be King, Ain't Too Proud to Beg, Somewhere Out There, Just My Imagination, Sam Cooke Medley, Pokarekare Ana, Stone In Love With You, Talofa Teine, Only You (And You Alone), Hakuna Matatat

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4017c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Sweet Adelines : Top Choruses 2000 : 00  1 CD : RC1000

Sweet Adelines : Top Choruses 2000

Top choruses of 2000 including Song of Atlanta, Toast of Tampa, Pacific Empire, Ramapo Valley, Houston Horizon, City of Lake, Gem City, Pacific Sound, Scottsdale and Melodeers.

Songlist: Medley (Gotta Know How To Dance / Hokey Pokey, Soft Shoe Song), Secrets, Medley (I'l the Last of the Red Hot Mamas / Nobody Knows What a Redhead Mama Can Do / You've Gotta See Mama Ev'ry Night), Auld Lang Syne, Medley (Alabamy Bound / Alabama Jubilee) , (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over, I Just Can't Wait To Be King, Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, Kiss Me One More Time, Medley (I'm Gonna Follow the Boys / Goodbye Broadway / Over There), Medley (There'll Be Some Changes Made / I Used To Love You But It's All Over Now), Sweet Adeline, Medley (Mama's Gone Goodbye / Lies / Just Because ), Daddy I'm Saying Goodbye, Medley (Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On / On the Mississippi), Sing Me That Song Once Again, Redhead Mama, Who'll Be the Next Ones to Cry Over You, Medley (Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home / Angry), Original Dixieland One Step, Floatin' Down to Cotton Town, The Church Bells Are Ringing For Mary, Oh, How I Miss You Tonight, My Honey's Lovin' Arms

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5479c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

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I Just Can't Wait to Be King : 3-Part : Jill Gallina : Elton John : The Lion King :  1 CD : 00114459 : 884088872588

Jill Gallina : I Just Can't Wait to Be King

Winning six Tony Awards in 1998 and with more than 5,000 performances, The Lion King is one of the most successful Broadway musicals of all time! This energetic show-stopper for Young Simba will be a favorite for young choirs and their audiences!

Arranger: Jill Gallina | Composer: Elton John | Lyricist: Tim Rice | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: 3-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00114459 | Voicetrax CD Available


I Just Can't Wait to Be King : 2-Part : Jill Gallina : Elton John : The Lion King : Sheet Music : 08754825 : 884088665593

Jill Gallina : I Just Can't Wait to Be King

Winning six Tony Awards in 1998 and more than 5000 performances, The Lion King is one of the most successful Broadway musicals of all time! This energetic show-stopper for Young Simba will be a favorite for young choirs and their audiences!

Arranger: Jill Gallina | Composer: Elton John | Lyricist: Tim Rice | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08754825 | Voicetrax CD Available

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