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The Madness of King Scar
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Performer(s) Scar, Shenzi, Banzai, Ed, Zazu, and Nala.
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The Lion King Broadway Soundtrack - 1305:28

The Lion King Broadway Soundtrack - 13. The Madness of King Scar

"The Madness of King Scar" is a deleted song from The Lion King, which was to be sung to Nala by Scar, to the same tune as Scar's main song, Be Prepared. After a short spoken interruption, it would be followed by the also scrapped Be Prepared reprise.The song was completely rewritten for the The Lion King musical, and is now sung/spoken by Scar, Shenzi, Banzai, Ed, Zazu, and Nala

In the deleted movie version, King Scar, in his delusions of power, wonders why he is not loved by the Pride, and asks Zazu what Mufasa has, that he doesn't. When Zazu does (notably mentioning "respect of your speeches, a loving family, a devoted queen"), Scar is struck by the last suggestion (a queen), and tries to seduce Nala with this song, in spite of Nala's attempts to explain to him how the Pride Lands are going to pot because of his incompetent leadership. As he comes dangerously close to her, she scratches him across his face to drive him away. Scar then comes out and try to marry her by force in front of the other lionesses; the Lionesses' support of Nala lead him to call in the Hyenas, resulting in the Be Prepared reprise.

In the musical version, 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, who precisely comes in Scar's cave at that moment to try and convince him to actually do something about the problems going on that only he can fix. Not listening to her demands, he tries to seduce her in song, and she scratches him across the face as an act of refusal.


Deleted movie version

Scar (spoken): The world is full of problems… even for a king !

(sung) It's tough at the top, 

I deserve a… companion,

A mate, who will start

My bloodline. I am firing with favor;

And you, my sweet thing, fit the part…

Nala (spoken): Excuse me ?

Scar (spoken): A king alone is a sad situation indeed… but a king without heirs !… now that's a tragedy.

Nala (spoken): You can't be serious !…

Scar (spoken): I've never been more serious.

(sung): Be prepared for a stunning proposal!

The Power and Beauty should bond!

Which cannot but fail to

Enshockize… Oh, hail to

The chief and disconsort,

The sine qua non sort

Of ruling ascendance!

Our line of descendance

Will flow to the prides, and beyond!

(Nala scratches Scar's face with her paws to drive him away from her)

Scar (spoken): Ooh… Nala, Nala, Nala. You know, you really have no choice. One way or another, I always get what I want. (Nala runs out of the cave. After a brief spoken scene, cue the "Be Prepared" reprise.)

Musical version

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 scene was cut from the original movie because Scar's line "You really have no choice… One way or another, I always get what I want" could be taken as implying sexual harassment, which was understandably deemed unsuitable for a family film.
  • 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 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...")
  • The 2010 cuts to the show eliminated much of the song, including the beginning and Scar's delusions and talking to himself, making the song feel less like Scar is "mad". The song now begins when the heyenas complain to Scar.

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