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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
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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 and Pumbaa

This song was used as the opening of the TV series Timon and Pumbaa.


Timon: Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase!
Pumbaa: Hakuna Matata.
Pumbaa: If there is no flash in the pan!
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 little pig!

Timon: (rubbing his ear) Very nice.
Pumbaa: Thanks.

He found his aroma lacked a certain appeal
He could clear the Savannah after every meal
I am 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: the change of my name meant!
Timon: Oh, what's in a name!
Pumbaa: And I have crushed
Timon: How did you feel?
Pumbaa: Every time I ...


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

Timon and Pumbaa:
Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase!
Hakuna Matata is not no fluke.

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

(Instrumental Bridge)

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

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.
  • Tim Rice was inspired to write the lyrics to Hakuna Matata when watching the British sitcom Bottom. Rice was also pulling for the show's stars, Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, to voice Timon and Pumbaa.


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  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.

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Films: The Lion King | The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | The Lion King 1½ | The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar
Television: Timon and 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 | The Lion King Collection | Return to Pride Rock: Songs Inspired by Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | Best of the Lion King | The Lion King 1½: Songs from Timon and Pumbaa's Hilarious Adventure | Original Broadway Cast Recording
Video Games: The Lion King | Timon and Pumbaa's Jungle Games | The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure | Kingdom Hearts II | Animated Storybook: The Lion King | Disney Universe | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | Adventures in Typing with Timon and Pumbaa | Activity Center | The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride: Active Play | The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride GameBrack | The Lion King 1½
Books: Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Marvel Comics | The Art of the Lion King | Simba and the Lost Waterfall | Morning at Pride Rock | Simba and Nala Help Bomo | The Bright Star | Simba and the Big Flood | Simba the Fortune Teller | The Pal Patrol | Simba's Hide and Seek | Far from the Pride Lands | Simba's Daring Rescue | Pumbaa Runs Away from Home | No Worries: A New Story About Simba | How Simba Met Timon and Pumbaa | Way to Go, Simba! | The Lion King 1½

Disney Parks

Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable | The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) | Festival of the Lion King | The Legend of the Lion King | The Lion King Celebration | Animazment - The Musical | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom


The Lion King: Simba | Nala | Mufasa | Scar | Rafiki | Timon | Pumbaa | Zazu | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Sarabi | Sarafina | The 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 | Monty | Baampu | Nobi | Fred | Quint | The Woodpecker | Bruce | Stinky | Ralph and Eddie | Teds | Savage Lion | Bartholomew | The Tarsier | Toucan Dan | Vulture Police | Ned | Rabbit | Uncle Boaris | Uncle Ernie | Boss Beaver | Boy Beaver | Lester the Whale | The Tigress | Jackal | The Cobra | Speedy the Snail | Smolder the Bear | Little Jimmy | Irwin | El Toro | Mr. Pig | Wolverine | Jumbo Jumbo the Elephant | Cheetato and Cheetata | Martin Pardon | Rita Book | Captain Bloodbeard | Cisco Pig | Cisco Pig's Gang | Dr. Caliostro | Torgo | The Meerkat Angel | Pumbaa Jr. | Nefu | Dr. Happy | Leslie Lambeau | Mr. Buttons | 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 | Dr. Exceter | Sal Manders | Jungle Inspector
The Lion Guard: Kion | Bunga | Fuli | Beshte | Ono
Printed Media: Uru | Ahadi | Kopa | Pimbi | Boma | Ni | Kula | Zuzu | Joka | Lulu
Deleted: Diku | Baasho | Iggy | Herr Rhino | Kwashi | Bhati | Mheetu | Banagi | Daabi | Dwala | Naanda | Binti | Lemuta | Timon's Father | Buzz | Tesma | Nala's Father


The Lion King Trilogy: Africa | The Zuberi River | Mount Kilimanjaro | Pride Rock | The Pride Lands | The Desert | The Water Hole | The Elephant Graveyard | The Gorge | Jungle | The Great River | Rafiki's Ancient Tree | The Outlands
Timon and Pumbaa: Zazu's Tree | Madame Credenza's Place | Savage Rock | Boss Beaver's Log Land


The Lion King: Circle of Life | The Morning Report | I Just Can't Wait to Be King | Be Prepared | Hakuna Matata | Can You Feel the Love Tonight | Hawaiian War Chant
Instrumental Scores: This Land | ...To Die For | Under the Stars | King of Pride Rock
Rhthym of the Pride Lands: Busa | Kube | Lea Halalela | It's Time | One by One
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride He Lives in You | We Are One | My Lullaby | Upendi | One of Us | Love Will Find a Way
The Lion King 1½: Digga Tunnah | That's All I Need | Sunrise, Sunset
Other: Alone Together | Stand by Me | Yummy, Yummy, Yummy | The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Deleted: To Be King | Warthog Rhapsody | The Lion of the Moon | Old Fearless Buzz | The Madness of King Scar | Be Prepared (Reprise)
Musical: Lioness Hunt | Rafiki Mourns | One by One | Grasslands Chant | Chow Down | The Madness of King Scar | Shadowland | Endless Night


King of the Jungle | 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 | One by One

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