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Hakuna Matata
Hakuna Matata
Originally performed by
Composer Elton John
Lyrics Tim Rice
Performer(s) Timon (Nathan Lane)
Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella)
Simba (Jason Weaver - young; Joseph Williams - adult)
Feature films The Lion King
Toy Story (heard briefly)
Short films
Television programs Timon and Pumbaa
Attractions Festival of the Lion King
The Legend of the Lion King
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Video games The Lion King
Albums The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
When You Wish Upon a Chipmunk
Classic Disney - Volume I
McDonald's Celebrates Disney Music, Volume 1: Buddy Songs
Disney's Jungle Boogie
The Music of Disney's One Saturday Morning
The Best Disney Album in the World ...Ever!
La Década: DisneyMania
The Legacy Collection: The Lion King
Preceded by Be Prepared
Followed by Can You Feel the Love Tonight
The Lion King - Hakuna Matata (HD)03:50

The Lion King - Hakuna Matata (HD)

"Hakuna Matata" is a song sung by Timon, Pumbaa and Simba from Disney's 32nd animated feature, The Lion King. It was composed by Elton John, who also composed other songs from the film, and with the lyrics by Tim Rice. It was nominated for the 67th Academy Award for Best Original Song, but lost to another song in the film, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?". The song is also ranked #99 on the list AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs,[1] along with "When You Wish Upon a Star" (#7), "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (#19), and "Beauty and the Beast" (#62). It is one of only four songs from Disney that made the cut.


"Hakuna Matata" is a Swahili phrase that is literally translated as "There are no worries." It is sometimes translated as "no worries," although is more commonly used similarly to the American English phrase "no problem."[2]

In 1994, the Walt Disney Company's animated movie, The Lion King, brought the phrase to international recognition, featuring it prominently in the plot and devoting a song to it. A meerkat and a warthog, named Timon and Pumbaa, teach the main character, a lion cub named Simba, that he should forget his troubles. The song, like the rest of the soundtrack, was written by Elton John and Tim Rice, who respectively composed the music and lyrics. During production of the film, the filmmakers had planned to use a song titled "Warthog Rhapsody", but after the production team returned from their safari trip in Kenya, they decided "Hakuna Matata" would be a better phrase.[3]

The Lion King

In the movie, the song was sung after the wildebeest stampede and Mufasa's death. Timon and Pumbaa tried to cheer the depressed Simba, who feels guilty for his father's death. The song is to teach Simba to slack and relax and enjoy the life with no worries, while he grows older as time passes. At one part, Pumbaa almost said, "Every time that I farted," but Timon cuts him off, warning Pumbaa, "Not in front of the kids!" (referencing the audience and Simba).


Timon: Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase!
Pumbaa: Hakuna Matata.
Pumbaa: Ain't no passing craze!
Timon: It means no worries, for the rest of your days.
Timon and Pumbaa: It's our problem-free philosophy.
Timon: Hakuna Matata!

(Instrumental bridge)

Timon: Why, when he was a young warthog...
Pumbaa: When I was a young warthog!

Timon: Very nice.
Pumbaa: Thanks.

He found his aroma lacked a certain appeal
He could clear the Savannah after every meal
I'm a sensitive soul
Though I seem thick-skinned
And it hurt that my friends never stood downwind
And oh, the shame!

Timon: He was ashamed!
Pumbaa: Thought of changing my name!
Timon: Oh, what's in a name!
Pumbaa: And I got downhearted
Timon: How did you feel?
Pumbaa: Everytime that I...

Timon: Hey, Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids!
Pumbaa: Oh, sorry.

Timon and Pumbaa:
Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase!
Hakuna Matata ain't no passing craze.

Simba: It means no worries for the rest of your days.
Timon: Yeah, sing it, kid!
Timon and Simba: It's our problem free...
Pumbaa: Philosophy!
All: Hakuna Matata!

(Instrumental bridge)

Timon and Pumbaa:
Hakuna! Matata! (3x)

Simba: It means no worries, for the rest of your days.
All: It's our problem free, philosophy.
Timon: Hakuna Matata
Pumbaa: Hakuna Matata
Simba: Hakuna Matata...

Timon: Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase!
Pumbaa: Hakuna Matata, ain't no passing craze!
Timon: It means no worries, for the rest of your days.
Both: It's our problem-free philosophy.
Hakuna Matata!

Pumbaa: Yeah!

(Instrumental bridge)

Hakuna! Matata!
Timon! And Pumbaa!
Hakuna! Matata!

Timon: It means no worries, for the rest of your days.
Both: It's our problem-free philosophy.
Hakuna Matata!
Timon and Pumbaa!

Other Versions


"Hakuna Matata" was instantly popular. It, along with "Circle of Life" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" were nominated for "Best Original Song", with "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" being the winner.


  • The phrase Hakuna Matata itself means "No worries" in Swahili.
  • One of the bugs that Timon pulls out of a knothole during the song is wearing Mickey Mouse ears.
  • There's a lost verse of "Hakuna Matata" which explained Timon's past situation, like Pumbaa's. It was later cut and used in The Lion King 1½.
  • Part of the song was heard in Toy Story when Molly is in the car and sees the toys in the mirror trying to get into the moving van.
  • This is the most well-known song in the whole Lion King franchise.
  • In Aladdin and the King of Theives, Genie turns into Pumbaa and says, "Hakuna Matata!"
  • Timon breaks the fourth wall when he says, "Hey, Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids!"
  • The song was mentioned on an episode of the NBC sitcom, Seinfeld.


The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Hakuna Matata.


  1. AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.
  3. Schrager, Noah. 10 things you probably didn't know about The Lion King. The Christian Science Moniter.


Films: The Lion King | The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | The Lion King 1½
Television: Timon & Pumbaa (Episode List) | Timon and Pumbaa's Wild About Safety | The Lion Guard
Soundtracks: Soundtrack | Rhythm of the Pride Lands | The Legacy Collection: The Lion King
Video Games: The Lion King | Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games | The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure | Kingdom Hearts II
Books: Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Marvel Comics

Disney Parks: Fantasmic! | Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable | Festival of the Lion King | World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic | The Legend of the Lion King | The Lion King Celebration

The Lion King: Simba | Nala | Mufasa | Scar | Rafiki | Timon | Pumbaa | Zazu | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Sarabi | Sarafina | Pridelanders | Hyena Clan | Wildebeests | Cape Buffalo | Gopher
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Kiara | Kovu | Zira | Vitani | Nuka | Outsiders | Crocodiles
The Lion King 1½: Ma | Uncle Max | Iron Joe | Meerkat Colony
Timon and Pumbaa: The Native Chief | The Three Natives | Monti | Baampu | Nobi | Fred | Quint | Bruce | Stinky | Ralph and Eddie | Jackal | Cobra | Teds | Savage Lion | Bartholomew | Toucan Dan | Vulture Police | Ned | Rabbit | Uncle Boaris | Uncle Ernie | Boss Beaver | Boy Beaver | Lester the Whale | Speedy the Snail | Smolder the Bear | Little Jimmy | Irwin | El Toro | Mr. Pig | Wolverine | Jumbo Jumbo | Cheetato and Cheetata | Martin Pardon | Rita Book | Captain Bloodbeard | Cisco Pig | Cisco Pig's Gang | Dr. Caliostro | Torgo | Meerkat Angel | Pumbaa Jr. | Nefu | Dr. Happy | Leslie Lambeau | Sharla | Herman | Lara | Mel | Claudius | Bahuka | Tutan Pharaoh | Genie | Madame Credenza | Duke Meerkat | Tatiana | Mother Eagle | Baby Earl | King Leopold | Princess Claudia | Sigmund and Lloyd | Heinrich and Schnitzel | Pimon and Tumbaa | Mad Dog McGraw, Billy the Goat, and Three-fingered Jackelope
The Lion Guard: Kion | Bunga | Fuli | Beshte | Ono
Deleted characters: | Diku | Baasho | Iggy | Herr Rhino | Kwashi | Bhati | Mheetu | Banagi | Daabi | Dwala | Naanda | Binti | Lemuta | Timon's Father | Buzz | Tesma | Nala's Father

Locations: Africa | Mount Kilimanjaro | Pride Rock | Pride Lands | Water Hole | Elephant Graveyard | The Gorge | Jungle | Rafiki's Ancient Tree | The Outlands | Zazu's Tree | Madame Credenza's Place | Savage Rock | Boss Beaver's Log Land

Songs: Circle of Life | I Just Can't Wait to Be King | Be Prepared | Hakuna Matata | Can You Feel the Love Tonight | Hawaiian War Chant | This Land | ...To Die For | Under the Stars | King of Pride Rock | Busa | He Lives in You | We Are One | My Lullaby | Upendi | Not One of Us | Love Will Find a Way | Digga Tunnah | That's All I Need | The Morning Report | Lioness Hunt | Rafiki Mourns | One by One | Grasslands Chant | Chow Down | The Madness of King Scar | Shadowland | The Lion Sleeps Tonight | Endless Night | Warthog Rhapsody (deleted)

Other: Musical | The Battle of Pride Rock | List of Species seen in The Lion King Franchise

See also: The Disney Afternoon | Find Out Why | House of Mouse

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