Deleted Songs Analysis: To Be King

It has been a few weeks since I have posted one of these, but I have finally gotten back to it. I probably will not be posting these every week, just to get the expectation of weekly updates out of the way. The song I am going to review is the deleted from from The Lion King, called To Be King.

The song involves the scene where Mufasa is teaching Simba about the world of Pride Rock, the environment of the area they live in, and the entire purpose of being the king. Zazu shows up, and they end up bursting about singing. I am going to go out of my way to say that I do not like this song at all.

In the beginning of the song, it starts with Mufasa narrating to him, “To be king is a huge obligation, it’s not just a license for fun. And since you’re the next generation, and even more: Since you’re my son, I owe you a dad’s explanation.” This is decent enough, and I see where they are going with this, but things just go wrong soon after, when Zazu is introduced. “But who gives a hoot if you’re hot?” What the heck is that? Was that seriously a line in this song? Zazu then has the nerve to add that “But the perks make up for a lot!” Like….. why? It just beings down the song.

Mufasa sings about duty, and how every king must put in their all, which is good enough, but then all of the animals sing in the last part of the song, which includes lines such as “King, protector, protects us till his duty reconciles! Nice to all ages, feasts for all seasons!Mighty king! Mighty king! Mighty king, of the wild!“. The song is pretty short, but it feels pretty long.

As to why the song was deleted, it was because the movie makers did not feel like it suits James Earl Jones voice. So…… it wasn’t because the song was redundant, childish, annoying, and pointless? The song was just way too juvenile to me, and I am glad that it was cut from the film entirely.

I will be covering the songs that is in this page, with the exception of the ones that are not in the main canon. If you have any recommendations, list them in the comments, or I will choose one myself. Thank you for reading.


3 thoughts on “Deleted Songs Analysis: To Be King

  1. I was not a fan of this song at all and I was very glad it didn’t make it in. But now that you’ve taken a look at it, do you think it’s worse than Keep ‘Em Guessing? If not, why? For me, I say YES. By far. But what say you?

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