Circle of Life – The Lion King (Disney)

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The song "Circle of Life" is from Disney's 1994 animated film "The Lion King". It was composed by Elton John, with lyrics by Tim Rice.

The film opens to the song being performed by Carmen Twillie (the deep female lead vocals) and Lebo M. (opening Zulu vocals) as the film's opening song. Elton John sang a pop version (with alternative lyrics) of the song with the London Community Gospel Choir, which was included in the film's soundtrack, becoming popular in it's own right.

It's a great piece for beginners to practice - spanning the octaves more than initially realised - enjoy the practice!

 

D          D#    F     F    F - F    F     G     F-D#
From the day we arrive on the planet

D        D#-D#   D#   D#-G   F    D
And blinking, step into the sun

F                  Bb    A   Bb    G   A   Bb-^C  ^D  ^C
There's more to see than can ever be seen

G      Bb  ^C  ^C   ^D  ^D#-^D  Bb  ^C
More to do than can ever be done...

 

D              F      F         F      F     G    F     D#
There's far too much to take in here

C          D   D#   D#   D#  D#-G   F    D
More to find than can ever be found

F        F    Bb   Bb-Bb   Bb
But the sun rolling high

G                A   Bb-^C-^D  ^C
Through the sapphire sky

^C           ^C    ^C     ^C
Keeps great and small

^C  ^D  ^D#-^D-Bb  ^D-^C
On  the  endless  round...

 

F     F   ^F-^D  ^C  ^D
It's the Circle of Life

^D  ^D  ^D#  ^F  ^F-^D#
And it moves us all  ~

^D           ^D#-^F   ^D   ^C-Bb
Through despair and hope

Bb           ^D#   ^D   ^C-^D-^F
Through faith and love...

 

^F  ^F   ^F  ^D-^C  ^D
Till we find our place

^D  ^D  ^D#  ^F-^F-^D#
On the path unwinding

^G ^G ^F-^D-^C-Bb
In the Circle

Bb ^D#-D ^C Bb
The Circle of Life...

 

F    F   ^F-^D  ^C  ^D
It's the Circle of Life

^D  ^D  ^D#  ^F  ^F-^D#
And it moves us all   ~

^D           ^D#-^F   ^D  ^C-Bb
Through despair and hope

Bb             ^D#   ^F   ^G-^F
Through faith and love...

 

^F   ^F   ^F   ^G    ^F
Till we find our place

^F#  ^F#  ^G  ^A-^A-^G
On the path unwinding

^Bb  ^Bb  ^G#-^F-^D-^C#
In the Circle   ~

^C  ^F#-^F  ^D#  ^C#
The Circle of Life!

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