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"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 1½. 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.

Lyrics

Simba:
I'm gonna be a mighty king
So enemies, beware

Zazu:
Well, I've never seen a king of beasts
With quite so little... hair

Simba:
I'm gonna be the main event
Like no king was before
I'm brushing up on looking down
I'm working on my ROAR!

Zazu:
Thus far, a rather uninspiring thing.

Simba:
Oh, I just can't wait to be king!

Zazu: You've rather a long way to go, young master. If you think...

Simba:
No one saying, "Do this"

Zazu: Now when I said that, I--

Nala:
No one saying, "Be there"

Zazu: What I meant was--

Simba:
No one saying, "Stop that"

Zazu: Look, what you don't realize--

Simba and Nala:
No one saying, "See here"

Zazu:
Now see here!

Simba:
Free to run around all day

Zazu: Well, that's definitely out--

Simba:
Free to do it all my way!

[Instrumental]

Zazu:
I think it's time that you and I
Arranged a heart-to-heart

Simba:
Kings don't need advice
From little hornbills for a start

Zazu:
If this is where the monarchy is headed
Count me out!
Out of service, out of Africa?!
I wouldn't hang about!

This child is getting wildly out of wing

Simba:
Oh, I just can't wait to be king!

[Instrumental bridge]

Simba:
Everybody look left
Everybody look right
Everywhere you look I'm...
Standing in the spotlight

Zazu: NOT YET!

Chorus:
Let every creature go for broke and sing
Let's hear it in the herd and on the wing
It's gonna be King Simba's finest fling!

Simba and Chorus:
Oh, I just can't wait to be king!
Oh, I just can't wait to be king!
Oh, I just can't wait...

To be king!

Simba:
I'm gonna be a mighty king
So enemies beware

Zazu (spoken):
Well, I've never seen a king of beasts
With quite so little hair

Simba:
I'm gonna be the main event
Like no king was before
I'm brushing up on looking down
I'm working on my roar!

Zazu (spoken):
Thus far, a rather uninspiring thing

Simba:
Oh, I just can't wait to be king

Zazu (spoken):
You've rather a long way to go,
Young master, if you think--

Simba:
No one saying, "Do this"

Zazu (spoken):
Now when I said that, I--

Nala:
No one saying, "Be there"

Zazu (spoken):
What I meant was--

Simba:
No one saying, "Stop that!"

Zazu (spoken):
Look, what you don't realize--

Simba and Nala:
No one saying, "See here!"

Zazu (spoken):
Now see here!

Simba:
Free to run around all day

Zazu (spoken):
Well, that's definitely out

Simba:
Free to do it all my way

Zazu:
I think it's time that you and I
Arranged a heart to heart

Nala:
Kings don't need advice
From little hornbills for a start

Zazu:
If this is where the monarchy is headed
Count me out
Out of service, out of Africa
I wouldn't hang about
This child is getting wildly out of wing

Simba:
Oh, I just can't wait to be king

Everybody look left

Nala:
Everybody look right

Simba:
Everywhere you look I'm

Simba and Nala:
Standin' in the spotlight!

Zazu (spoken):
Not yet!

Chorus:
Let every creature go for broke and sing
Let's hear it in the herd and on the wing
It's gonna be King Simba's finest fling

Simba:
Oh, I just can't wait to be king

Nala:
Oh, he just can't wait to be king

Simba:
Oh, I just can't wait...

Nala:
Just can't wait

Chorus:
To be king!!!!

Way behind the water hole
A little down the line
The jungle and the plains and peaks
Are scheduled to be mine
 
I'm gonna be the ruler
Of most everything around
From the grandest of the mountains
To the humble common ground
 
My reign will be a super awesome thing
Oh, I just can't wait to be king
 
I'm gonna be a noble king
And scrupulously fair
I only need a little time
Perhaps a little hair
 
I'm gonna be the mane event
Like no king was before
I'm brushing up on looking down
I'm working on my roar
 
The fauna and the flora gonna swing
Oh, I just can't wait to be king
 
No one saying do this
No one saying be there
No one saying stop that
No one saying see here
Free to run around all day
I'll be free to do it my way
 
No one saying do this
No one saying be there
No one saying stop that
No one saying see here
Free to run around all day
Free to do it my way
 
The time has come as someone said
To talk of many things
May be true
But I would rather stick to talking kings
 
It's easy to be royal
If you're already leonine
It isn't just my right
Even my left will be divine
 
The monarchy is waiting to go zing
Oh, I just can't wait to be king
Oh, I just can't wait to be king
(Repeat until fade)

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Trivia

Cover Versions

  • Performed live by the ska/funk band Suburban Legends, most often when performing at Disneyland's Tomorrowland Terrace, but occasionally while on tour as well. Vincent Walker sings the part of Simba, while Brian Klemm sings the part of Zazu. The song appears on their 2012 album, Day Job.
  • Pop star Aaron Carter remixed the song on DisneyMania.
  • Allstar Weekend remade the song for DisneyMania 7.
  • The Brazilian musical group “Exaltasamba” recorded a Portuguese version of “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” (O que eu quero mais é ser rei, roughly translated as “What I want most is to be king”) in a samba style to the CD Disney Adventures in Samba.
  • Brian Wilson covered the song for his album In the Key of Disney.
  • La Década covered this song for "La Década: DisneyMania" (the song has the same lyrics as the movie)
  • Popcorn Band with Chelsey Marks from The International Children's Concert of 2013 did a version on television of the song, with children.
  • The song was covered by José Mota (as the former King of Spain) with different lyrics ("Yo no quiero ser Rey Borbón" or translated "I don't want be Borbon King") in the spanish TV movie "Un País de Cuento".

Other Versions

Performer(s) Title(s) Translations(s) Language
Arabic
Bruno Miguel, Pádua Moreira & Paula Tribuzy "O Que Eu Quero Mais É Ser Rei" "What I want most is to be king" Brazilian Portuguese
Живко Станев (Zhivko Stanev), Веселин Ранков (Veselin Rankov) & Йоана Падешка (Yoana Padeshka) "Как Искам Цар Да Съм Аз" "How I Want To Be King" Bulgarian
Cantonese
Marc Pociello, Eduardo Doncos & Ángela Aloy "Voy a ser el Rey León" "I will be the Lion King" Castilian Spanish
Ivan Šturlić, Ranko Tihomirović & Silvija Pleše "Jedva čekam da postanem kralj" Croatian
Josef Vágner, Stanislav Fišer & Monika Ticháčková "Já toužím být brzy král" Czech
Andreas Hviid, Peter Zhelder & Amalie Ihle Alstrup "Jeg Blir Meget Snart Majestæt" Danish
Piet Hein Snijders, Paul van Gorcum & Dewi Douwes "Wacht maar af totdat ik koning ben" "Just wait till I'm king" Dutch
Estonian
Christopher Romberg, Veikko Honkanen & Meri Holopainen Finnish
Dimitri Rougeul, Michel Prud'homme & Melinda Attia "Je voudrais déjà être roi" "I would like already to be king" French
Manuel Straube, Eberhard Prüter & Magdalena Turba "Ich will jetzt gleich König sein" "I just cannot wait to be king" German
Γιάννης Γιαννόπουλος (Giannis Giannopoulos), Σπύρος Μπιμπίλας (Spiros Bibilas) & Κατερίνα Χακριδιώτη (Katerina Hakrithioti) "Θε να γίνω εγώ βασιλιάς" "I want to be king" Greek
דורון בן עמי (Doron Ben-Ami), אוהד שחר (Ohad Shahar) & רונה דניאלי (Rona Danieli) Hebrew
Balázs Simonyi, Iván Verebély & Dóra Szentesi "A trón úgy csábít nagyon hív" "The throne is very tempted calls" Hungarian
Þorvaldur D. Kristjánsson, Sigurður Sigurjónsson & Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir Icelandic
Indonesian
George Castiglia, Roberto Del Giudice & Perla Liberatori "Voglio diventare presto un re" "Soon I want to become a king" Italian
中崎達也 (Tetsuya Nakazaki), 梅津秀行 (Hideyuki Umezu) & 山本純子 (Masako Yamamoto)

"王様になるのが待ちきれない"

(Ōsama ni Naru no ga Machikirenai)

"I Can't Wait to Be King" Japanese
Kabardian
Korean
Kalimba Marichal, Eduardo Tejedo & Maggie Vera "Yo quisiera ya ser el rey" Latin American Spanish
Malay
Mandarin
Marathi
Eirik Espolin Johnson, Anders Hatlo & Pernille Sommerfeldt Øien Norwegian
Michał Mech, Tadeusz Borowski & Urszula Janowska "Strasznie już być tym królem chcę" "I terribly want to be the king already" Polish
Fábio Pascoal, Fernando Luís & Ana Guida "Eu Mal Posso Esperar P'ra Ser Rei" Portuguese
Nicolae Adetu, Claudiu Bleonț & Andra Gogan "Eu voi fi rege într-o zi" "I will be king one day" Romanian
Вячеслав Сухов (Vyacheslav Sukhov), Георгий Корольчук (Georgiy Korolchuk) & Татьяна Элькина (Tatiana Elkin) "Не могу дождаться, когда стану королем" "I cannot wait to become king" Russian
Serbian
Slovak
Slovene
Johan Halldén, Anders Aldgård, Mariam Wallentin "Snart är det jag som är kung" "Soon I am the king" Swedish
Tamil
Thai
Sonat Pamir, Toygun Ateş & Seren Ceylan Turkish
Ukrainian
Zulu

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Media
Films: The Lion KingThe Lion King II: Simba's PrideThe Lion King 1½The Lion Guard: Return of the RoarVideoThe Lion King (2019 film)

Television: Timon and PumbaaTimon and Pumbaa's Wild About SafetyThe Lion Guard
Soundtracks: SoundtrackRhythm of the Pride LandsThe Legacy CollectionThe Lion King CollectionReturn to Pride Rock: Songs Inspired by Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's PrideBest of the Lion KingThe Lion King 1½: Songs from Timon and Pumbaa's Hilarious AdventureOriginal Broadway Cast RecordingThe Lion Guard
Video Games: The Lion KingTimon and Pumbaa's Jungle GamesThe Lion King: Simba's Mighty AdventureKingdom Hearts IIAnimated Storybook: The Lion KingDisney UniverseDisney INFINITY: 2.0 EditionAdventures in Typing with Timon and PumbaaActivity CenterThe Lion King 2: Simba's Pride: Active PlayThe Lion King 2: Simba's Pride GameBrackThe Lion King 1½Disney Crossy Road
Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookMarvel ComicsThe Art of the Lion KingSimba and the Lost WaterfallMorning at Pride RockSimba and Nala Help BomoThe Bright StarSimba and the Big FloodSimba the Fortune TellerThe Pal PatrolSimba's Hide and SeekFar from the Pride LandsSimba's Daring RescuePumbaa Runs Away from HomeNo Worries: A New Story About SimbaHow Simba Met Timon and PumbaaWay to Go, Simba!The Lion King 1½

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Entertainment: AnimagiqueAnimazment - The MusicalDisney's BelieveDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney's WishesDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicFantasmic!Feel the MagicFestival of the Lion KingIt's Party Time... with Mickey and FriendsMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey and the MagicianThe Golden MickeysThe Legend of the Lion KingVillains Tonight!
Restaurants: Restaurant Hakuna Matata
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Firework: Celebrate the MagicDisney Dreams!Disneyland ForeverHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightTree of Life AwakensWorld of Color
Halloween: Happy Hallowishes

Characters
The Lion King: SimbaNalaMufasaScarRafikiTimonPumbaaZazuShenzi, Banzai and EdSarabiSarafinaThe PridelandersHyena ClanWildebeestsCape BuffaloGopher

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: KiaraKovuZiraVitaniNukaOutsidersCrocodiles
The Lion King 1½: MaUncle MaxIron JoeMeerkat Colony
Timon and Pumbaa: The Native ChiefThe Three NativesMontyBaampuNobiFredPantherQuintThe WoodpeckerBruceStinkyRalph and EddieTedsSavage LionBartholomewThe TarsierToucan DanVulture PoliceNedRabbitUncle BoarisUncle ErnieBoss BeaverBoy BeaverLester the WhaleThe TigressJackalThe CobraSpeedy the SnailSmolder the BearLittle JimmyIrwinEl ToroCount DownMr. PigWolverineJumbo Jumbo the ElephantCheetato and CheetataMartin PardonRita BookChef ClaudeCaptain BloodbeardCisco PigCisco Pig's GangDr. CaliostroTorgoThe Meerkat AngelPumbaa Jr.NefuDr. HappyLeslie LambeauMr. ButtonsSharlaHermanLaraMelClaudiusBahukaTutan PharaohGenieMadame CredenzaDuke MeerkatTatianaMother EagleBaby EarlKing LeopoldPrincess ClaudiaSigmund and LloydHeinrich and SchnitzelMad Dog McGraw, Billy the Goat, and Three-fingered JackelopeDr. ExceterSal MandersJungle InspectorPimon and Tumbaa
The Lion Guard: KionBungaFuliBeshteOnoTiifuZuriJanjaMzingoCheeziChunguJanja's ClanMakuuPuaBasiUshariJasiriMadoaMa TemboReireiGoigoiDogoDogo's BrothersTwigaShingoTamaaSwalaMuhimuAjabuMakuchaOgpoaHayaBadiliMapiganoGumbaNneTanoVuruga VurugaMajinuni and HafifuJasiri's ClanHadithiBupu
Printed Media: UruAhadiKopaPimbiBomaKulaZuzuJokaLulu
Deleted: DikuBaashoIggyHerr RhinoKwashiBhatiMheetuBanagiDaabiDwalaNaandaBintiLemutaTimon's FatherBuzzTesmaNala's Father

Episodes
Timon & Pumbaa

Season One: "Boara Boara" • "Saskatchewan Catch" • "Kenya Be My Friend?" • "Good Mousekeeping" • "Brazil Nuts" • "South Sea Sick/The Lion Sleeps Tonight" • "Never Everglades" • "Cooked Goose" • "Yukon Con" • "Doubt of Africa" • "How to Beat the High Costa Rica" • "Swiss Missed" • "Russia Hour" • "You Ghana Join the Club" • "Uganda Be an Elephant" • "To Kilimanjaro Bird" • "Rocky Mountain Lie" • "Amazon Quiver" • "French Fried" • "Big Top Breakfast" • "Madagascar About You" • "Truth or Zaire/Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" • "Mojave Desserted" • "Beauty and the Wildebeest" • "Don't Break the China" • "Can't Take a Yolk" • "Stand by Me" • "The Pain in Spain" • "Frantic Atlantic" • "Unlucky in Lesotho" • "Rafiki's Apprentice" • "Tanzania Zany" • "Guatemala Malarkey" • "Mombasa-In-Law" • "TV Dinner" • "Back Out in the Outback" • "Gabon with the Wind" • "Timon's Time Togo" • "The Law of the Jungle" • "Manhattan Mishap" • "Paraguay Parable" • "Be More Pacific" • "Going Uruguay" • "Let's Serengeti Out of Here" • "Congo on Like This" • "Okay Bayou?" • "Shake Your Djibouti" • "Yosemite Remedy" • "The Sky is Calling" • "Mozam-Beaked" • "Ocean Commotion"
Season Two: "Palm Beached" • "Jamaica Mistake?" • "Oregon Astray" • "New Guinea Pig" • "Isle of Manhood" • "Puttin' on the Brits" • "Klondike Con" • "Isle Find Out" • "Beetle Romania" • "Rumble in the Jungle" • "Wide Awake in Wonderland" • "Zazu's Off-by-One Day" • "Animal Barn" • "Roach Hotel" • "Africa-Dabra!" • "I Don't Bolivia" • "Shopping Mauled" • "Library Brouhaha" • "Catch Me if You Kenya" • "Scent of the South" • "Monster Massachusetts" • "Handle with Caribbean" • "Forbidden Pumbaa" • "Washington Applesauce" • "Alcatraz Mataz" • "Oahu Wahoo" • "I Think I Canada" • "Zazu's Off Day Off" • "Beast of Eden" • "Sense & Senegambia" • "Timon on the Range" • "The Man from J.U.N.G.L.E." • "Maine-Iacs" • "Fiji-Fi-Fo-Fum" • "Rome Alone" • "Amusement Bark" • "Once Upon a Timon" • "Home is Where the Hog Is" • "Beethoven's Whiff" • "Bumble in the Jungle" • "Mind Over Matterhorn"
Season Three: "Whiff" • "To Be Bee or Not to Be Bee" • "Luck Be a Meerkat" • "Just When You Thought You'd Cuisine it All" • "Lemonade Stand Off" • "Big Jungle Game" • "Boo Hoo Bouquet" • "So Sumo Me" • "Now Museum, Now You Don't" • "Visiting Pig-nitaries" • "The Truth About Kats and Hogs" • "Escape from Newark" • "Truth Be Told" • "Circus Jerks" • "Nest Best Thing" • "Super Hog-O" • "Don't Have the Vegas Idea" • "Hot Enough for Ya?" • "Werehog of London" • "Bigfoot, Littlebrain" • "Astro-Nots" • "Robin Hoodwinked" • "Seregenti Western" • "All Pets are Off" • "Two for the Zoo" • "The Swine in the Stone" • "You May Have Already Won Six Million Bakra" • "My Meteor, My Friend" • "Jungle Slickers" • "Don't Wake the Neighbear" • "Recipe for Disaster" • "Going Over-Boar'd" • "Ivy Beleaguered" • "Broadway Bound & Gagged" • "Steel Hog" • "Dealer's Choice Cut" • "Space Ham" • "You Bet Your Tukhus" • "No-Good Samaritan" • "Living in De Nile" • "One Tough Bug" • "Pirates of Pumbzance" • "Miss Perfect" • "Hakuna Matata U." • "Pig-Malion" • "Why No Rhino" • "War Hogs" • "The Big No Sleep" • "Common Scents" • "Mister Twister" • "Don't Be Elfish" • "Lights, Camera, Traction" • "The Running of the Bullies" • "Special Defects" • "Wishy Washy" • "Ice Escapades" • "Guru-Some" • "Jailhouse Shock" • "Nearly Departed" • "Early Bird Watchers" • "The Spy's the Limit" • "Ready, Aim, Fire" • "Timoncchio" • "Ghost Boosters" • "Stay Away from my Honey!" • "Sitting Pretty Awful" • "He's a Bad, Bad, Bad Sport" • "Dapper Duck Burgers" • "It Runs Good" • "Hot Air Buffoons" • "Timon in Love" • "Kahuna Potato" • "Mook Island" • "Cliphangers"

The Lion Guard
Season One: "Never Judge a Hyena by its Spots" • "The Rise of Makuu" • ""Bunga the Wise" • "Can't Wait to be Queen" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "The Kupatana Celebration" • "Fuli's New Family" • "The Search for Utamu" • "Follow That Hippo!" • "Call of the Drongo" • "Paintings and Predictions" • "The Mbali Fields Migration" • "Bunga and the King" • "The Imaginary Okapi" • "Too Many Termites" • "The Trouble With Galagos" • "Janja's New Crew" • "Baboons!" • "Beware the Zimwi" • "Lions of the Outlands" • "Never Roar Again" • "The Lost Gorillas" • "The Trail to Udugu" • "Ono's Idol" • "Beshte and the Hippo Lanes" • "Ono the Tickbird"
Season Two: "Babysitter Bunga" • "The Savannah Summit" • "The Traveling Baboon Show" • "Ono and the Egg" • "The Rise of Scar" • "Let Sleeping Crocs Lie"

Locations
The Lion King Trilogy: AfricaThe Zuberi RiverMount KilimanjaroPride RockThe Pride LandsThe DesertThe Water HoleThe Elephant GraveyardThe GorgeJungleThe Great RiverRafiki's Ancient TreeThe Outlands

Timon and Pumbaa: Zazu's TreeMadame Credenza's PlaceSavage RockBoss Beaver's Log Land

Songs
The Lion King: Circle of LifeThe Morning ReportI Just Can't Wait to Be KingBe PreparedHakuna MatataCan You Feel the Love TonightHawaiian War Chant

Instrumental Scores: This LandHyenas...To Die ForUnder the StarsKing of Pride RockDidn't Your Mother Tell You Not to Play with Your FoodWe are All ConnectedHyenas in the Pride LandsElephant GraveyardI Was Just Trying to Be BraveStampedeMufasa DiesIf You Ever Come Back We'll Kill YouBowling for BuzzardsWe Gotta Bone to Pick With YouKings of the PastNala, is It Really You?Remember Who You AreThis is My HomeThe Rightful King
Rhthym of the Pride Lands: KubeLea HalalelaIt's TimeLalaBusaNoyana
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: He Lives in YouWe Are OneMy LullabyUpendiOne of UsLove Will Find a Way
The Lion King 1½: Digga TunnahThat's All I NeedSunrise, SunsetGrazing in the Grass
Musical: Lioness HuntRafiki MournsOne by OneGrasslands ChantChow DownThe Madness of King ScarShadowlandEndless Night
Timon and Pumbaa: Alone TogetherStand by MeYummy, Yummy, YummyThe Lion Sleeps Tonight
The Lion Guard: Call of the GuardA Beautiful Day (Ni Siku Nzuri)Zuka ZamaTonight We StrikeKion's LamentHere Comes the Lion GuardWe're the Same (Sisi Ni Sawa)Don't Make a StinkBunga the WiseDuties of the KingOutta the WayJackal StyleOur Kupatana CommunityMy Own WayUtamuAll Hail The VulturesYour Hero InsideBird of a Thousand VoicesPanic and RunTrail to HopeLife in the Pride LandsWe'll Make You a MealFind Your RoarChungu's LamentBaboonsBeware of the ZimwiLions Over AllStand Up, Stand OutKuishi Ni KuchekaRunning with the KingHadithi the HeroMakin' Hippo LanesTickbirds and RhinosTeke Ruka TelezaEveryone is WelcomeThe Traveling Baboon ShowA Real MealIt is Time
Deleted: To Be KingWarthog RhapsodyThe Lion of the MoonOld Fearless BuzzThe Madness of King Scar

See Also
King of the JungleMusicalList of Species seen in The Lion King FranchiseRoar of the EldersThe Disney AfternoonFind Out WhyHouse of MouseOne by One