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"The Madness of King Scar" is a song from The Lion King (musical) which is sung/spoken by Scar, Shenzi, Banzai, Ed, Zazu, and Nala. In this song, King Scar worries about not being favored among the Pridelanders while dealing with the problems mentioned by the hyenas and Nala. On top of that, Scar is driven mad by the delusions he has of Mufasa's ghost. To calm his mental illness, Zazu suggests Scar gets a queen which leads Scar to choose Nala, but she scratched him across the face as an act of refusal. Like the song Me from the Beauty and the Beast musical, this song has the male going on about how his wife will bear only sons and do only what her husband wants, instead of viewing his wife as an equal marital partner. (However, the original version intended for the film had Scar imply that he would give her the same regency powers that he would have, effectively making her not a mere queen to him, but his co-regent).


Scar (spoken): Zazu, why am I not loved? (sung) I am that rare and awesome thing I'm every inch a king

Yet I feel a twinge of doubt

As I go walk about

Hyenas (spoken): Hey, boss!

Scar (sung): When my name is whispered through the pride

Is this talk of love or regicide?

Shenzi (spoken): Reggie who?

Scar (sung): Tell me I'm adored

Please tell me I'm adored

Hyenas (spoken): Hey, boss!

Scar (spoken): Oh, what is it?

Banzai (spoken): We got a bone to pick with you

Shenzi (spoken): There's no food, no water...

Banzai (spoken): Yeah. It's dinnertime, and there ain't no stinkin' entrées!

Scar (spoken): Oh, you and your petty complaints.

You don't know what real hunger is.

Day after day it gnaws at the very core of my being

Shenzi (spoken): I had that once. It was worms

Scar (spoken): No, no, no... it's like an itch... deep, persistent, profound...

Banzai (spoken): That's it-- worms!

When they get really bad all you gotta do is... hunker down and scoot

Scar (spoken): Thanks for the tip. Ingrates!

If it weren't for me you'd be beating off buzzards for your next bite!

Hyenas (sung): Yeah, you're our savior, thanks a bunch

But how about some lunch?

It doesn't matter if it's fresh

I need a fix of flesh

My bones have moved to where they've never been

They are on the outside looking in

Scar (spoken): Are you blaming me?

Hyenas (spoken): Oh no, it's the lionesses

'Hyenas'/Zazu (sung): You are so adored

Oh, you are so adored

Scar (spoken): That's more like it

Hyenas (sung): But what I'd give for one more hit

Of wildebeest kielbasa

Or maybe hornbill on the spit...

Zazu (spoken): Oh, how I miss Mufasa!

Scar (spoken): Mufasa?! Mufasa?! How dare you! I told you never to mention that name!

Zazu (spoken): Note taken. I shall never mention "M-m-m" again

Scar (spoken): Even in death, his shadow looms over me

There he is!

No! There he is!

And there!

Zazu (spoken): Calm yourself, Sire, or you'll get another one of your splitting headaches!

Scar (sung): I am perfectly fine!

I'm better than Mufasa was

I'm revered

I am reviled

I'm idolized

I am despised

I'm keeping calm

I'm going wild!

I tell myself I'm fine

Yes I am, no you're not

Yes I am, no you're not

I tell myself I'm fine

No you're not, yes I am, no you're not

Yes I am

No you're not

Yes, no, yes, no, who am I talking to...?

Zazu (spoken): Oh, pull yourself together, Sire!

Scar (spoken): Oh, very well. Zazu? Zazu, Zazu, Zazu...?

Zazu (spoken):Yes, Sire?

Scar (spoken): Nobody loved me, there's the rub, not even as a cub

What did my brother have that I don't have?

Zazu (spoken): Do you want the short list or the long?

Scar (spoken): Whatever!

Zazu (spoken): Well, he had adoring subjects... a loving family... a devoted queen...

Scar (spoken): That's it! I need a queen!

Zazu (spoken): A what?

Scar (spoken): A queen, man! A queen! Without a queen, what am I?

A dead end, no line, no descendants, no future

With a queen, I'll have cubs...

Immortality will be mine! Immortality will be mine!

Nala (spoken): Scar

Scar (spoken): Ah, Nala... Your timing couldn't have been more perfect. My how you've grown!

Nala (spoken): Scar, you have got to do something. We're being forced to overhunt!

Scar (sung): She's got those assets feminine

Nala (spoken): You're the king. Control the hyenas

Scar (sung): I have to make her mine

Nala (spoken): You're destroying the Pridelands

Scar (sung): Nobility in every gene

Nala (spoken): If we don't stop now.. Don't you see...

Scar (sung): She has to be my queen

Nala (spoken): ...there's still a chance for things to be all right again...

Scar (sung): Come, sweet Nala

It's written in the stars

Nala (spoken): What are you doing? Are you listening to me?

Scar (sung): We'll create a host of little Scars

Nala (spoken): What are you talking about?

Scar (sung): Tell me I'm adored

Nala (spoken): Get away from me

Scar (sung/spoken): Tell me I'm adored (grunts)

Oh, Nala... you know how I loathe violence... One way or another, you will be mine

Nala (spoken): Never, Scar. Never!

Scar (sung): You belong to me

You all belong to me


  • The song was actually implemented for the movie, but it was cut due to the concept of sexual harassment in a family film being considered inappropriate at the time.
  • Scar having delusions of Mufasa's ghost strongly implied that he felt remorse for murdering Mufasa deep down, which was also implied (although to a far lesser degree) in the final film when Simba reveals himself ("Mufasa...? No, you're dead...")

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