Circle of Life

Album: The Lion King Soundtrack (1994)
Charted: 11 18
  • From the day we arrive on the planet
    And blinking, step into the sun
    There's more to be seen than can ever be seen
    More to do than can ever be done

    Some say eat or be eaten
    Some say live and let live
    But all are agreed as they join the stampede
    You should never take more than you give

    In the circle of life
    It's the wheel of fortune
    It's the leap of faith
    It's the band of hope
    'Til we find our place
    On the path unwinding
    In the circle, the circle of life

    Some of us fall by the wayside
    And some of us soar to the stars
    And some of us sail through our troubles
    And some have to live with the scars

    There's far too much to take in here
    More to find than can ever be found
    But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky
    Keeps great and small on the endless round

    In the circle of life
    It's the wheel of fortune
    It's the leap of faith
    It's the band of hope
    'Til we find our place
    On the path unwinding
    In the circle, the circle of life

    It's the wheel of fortune
    It's the leap of faith
    It's the band of hope
    'Til we find our place
    On the path unwinding
    In the circle, the circle of life

    On the path unwinding, yeah
    In the circle, the circle of life Writer/s: Elton John, Tim Rice
    Publisher: Walt Disney Music Company
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 9

  • Megan from Stevenson, AlHAAA!!! Since I have last commented, me and my best friend have made up our own African chants at the beginning and IT IS AMAZING!
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlBack when VCR's were big, I tore The Lion King up! lol Just because of this song! He's amazing! Ha! My high school concert band played this for our Spring Concert and it was completely awesome! The trumpet music was super hard...but it was worth it tho:)
  • Michael Scott from Punta Gorda, FlI thought back when Vice-President Albert Gore was campaigning for President that this would have been a good theme song for him to get the crowd inspired. I remember when Gov. Michael S. Dukakis was running in '88 he used the lionel richie song "All Night Long" as did the San Diego Padres in 1984..
  • Kenny from Oldsmar, FlYes indeed!!! This is a very touching and relevent song that reaches into your soul and is so true to life. It is the best song I believe that Elton John wrote and my be one of the best songs that will ever be written.
  • Constance from Dallas, TxThe broadway cover of this song is so much more powerful and beautiful. I saw the show in Las Vegas. Amazing.
  • Mary from Phoenix, AzOh, my bad....I just figured out that you said "in the musical version". Sorry.
  • Mary from Phoenix, AzSara, that was not a woman, playing Rafiki. That was Robert Guillone, aka. Benson.
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdCarmen Twillie is a popular L.A. session vocalist, in the musical version the woman playing Rafiki sings it.
  • Caitlin from Upper Township, NjThis has got to be the greatest song of all time from the lion king. it's so deep and makes you think about where you're life is headed. all the songs from the movie are great, and the lion king is just an amazing movie. props to elton john
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets

Curt Kirkwood of Meat PuppetsSongwriter Interviews

The (Meat)puppetmaster takes us through songs like "Lake Of Fire" and "Backwater," and talks about performing with Kurt Cobain on MTV Unplugged.

David Gray

David GraySongwriter Interviews

David Gray explains the significance of the word "Babylon," and talks about how songs are a form of active imagination, with lyrics that reveal what's inside us.

Protest Songs

Protest SongsMusic Quiz

How well do you know your protest songs (including the one that went to #1)?

Chris Tomlin

Chris TomlinSongwriter Interviews

The king of Christian worship music explains talks about writing songs for troubled times.

Kristian Bush of Sugarland

Kristian Bush of SugarlandSongwriter Interviews

Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.

Wedding Bell Blues

Wedding Bell BluesSong Writing

When a song describes a wedding, it's rarely something to celebrate - with one big exception.