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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)
Length 3:33 (original)
1:01 (Timon and Pumbaa)
Films The Lion King
Toy Story (heard briefly)
Shows Timon and Pumbaa
Attractions Festival of the Lion King
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
La Década: DisneyMania
Preceded by Be Prepared
Followed by Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
The Lion King - Hakuna Matata (HD)(03:50)

"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 ranked #99 on the list AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs, along with "When You Wish Upon a Star" (#7), "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (#19) and "Beauty and the Beast" (#62) is one of the only four songs from Disney that made the cut.

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, as Simba grew up older time by time. At one part, Pumbaa almost said that every time he "farted", but Timon blocks it warning to Pumbaa, "Not in front of the kids" (referencing the audience [or un-seen animal kids] and Simba).


Original version

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.
Timon and Pumbaa: It's our problem-free philosophy.
Timon: Hakuna Matata!

[Speech not heard on the album version]
Simba: Hakuna Matata?
Pumbaa: Yeah, it's our motto.
Simba: What's a motto?
Timon: Nothing. What's a-motto with you? [laughs]
Pumbaa: You know kid, these two words will solve all your problems!
Timon: That's right. Take Pumbaa for example.

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

Timon: Very nice.
Pumbaa: Thanks.

Timon: He found his aroma lacked a certain appeal
He could clear the Savannah after every meal
Pumbaa: 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!

[Speech not heard on the album version]
Timon: Welcome to our humble home!
Simba: You live here?
Timon: We live wherever we want.
Pumbaa: Yup! Home is where your rump rests! Heh.
Simba: It's beautiful!
Pumbaa: [burps] I'm stuffed!
Simba: I'm so hungry, I could eat a whole zebra.
Timon: Eh-heh, we're fresh out of Zebra.
Simba: Any Antelope?
Timon: Nuh-uh.
Simba: Hippo?
Timon: Nope! Listen kid, if you live with us, you have to eat like us. Hey, this looks like a good spot to wrestle up some grub!
Simba: Eww! What's that?
Timon: A grub. What's it look like?
Simba: Eww! Gross!
Timon: Tastes like chicken.
Pumbaa: Slimy, yet satisfying!
Timon: These are rare delicacies, mmm! Pecans with a very plesant crunch.
Pumbaa: You'll learn to love 'em!
Timon: I'm telling ya, kid, this is the great life. No rules, no responsibilities...ooh! The little cream-filled kind. And best of all, no worries! Well, kid?
Simba: Oh, well. Hakuna Matata. Slimy...yet satisfying.
Timon: That's it!

[Instrumental bridge]

Timon and Pumbaa:
Hakuna Matata!(6x)

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 and Pumbaa version

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]

Both: 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


  • The 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"

The Lion King

Films and shows: The Lion King | The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | The Lion King 1½ | Timon & Pumbaa (Episode List) | House of Mouse | Timon and Pumbaa's Wild About Safety

Video games: The Lion King | Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games | The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventures | Kingdom Hearts II

Attractions: Fantasmic! | Festival of the Lion King | World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic

Original Film Characters: Simba | Nala | Mufasa | Scar | Rafiki | Timon | Pumbaa | Zazu | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Sarabi | Sarafina | Pridelanders | Hyena Clan | Wildebeests | Cape Buffalo | Gopher | Diku (Deleted Character)

Sequel Characters: Kiara | Kovu | Zira | Vitani | Nuka | Outsiders | Crocodiles

Midquel Characters: Ma | Uncle Max | Iron Joe | Meerkat Colony

Timon and Pumbaa Characters: The Native Chief | The Three Natives | Monti | Baampu | Nobi | Fred | Quint | Bruce | Jackal | Ralph and Eddie | The Cobra | Teds | Savage Lion | Bartholomew | Toucan Dan | Vulture Police | Ned the Elephant | Rabbit | Uncle Boaris | Boss Beaver | Boy Beaver | Lester the Whale | Speedy the Snail | Smolder the Bear | Little Jimmy | Irwin | El Toro | Wolverine | Jumbo Jumbo | Cheetato and Cheetata | 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 | Claudius | Madame Credenza | Duke Meerkat | Tatiana | Mother Eagle | Baby Earl | King Leopold | Princess Claudia | Pimon and Tumbaa | Mad Dog McGraw, Billy the Goat, and Three-fingered Jackelope

Locations: Africa | Mount Kilimanjaro | Pride Rock | Pride Lands | Water Hole | Elephant Graveyard | The Gorge | Hakuna Matata (location) | The Jungle | Rafiki's Ancient Tree | The Outlands | 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 | 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 Song)

Other: The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | Broadway Musical | Rhythm of the Pride Lands | List of Species seen in The Lion King Franchise

See also: The Disney Afternoon

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