Music Analysis Of Hakuna Matata

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The end of a semester is the most stressful time for students because of those dreaded finals. Anyone who lived through the 1990s should know the song a young lion and his pals sang after meeting for the first time. However, as the years pass by, society forgets the simple pleasures of youth and the two words that can make all troubles go away. “Hakuna Matata” was a song written by Tim Rice with music by Elton John. This song is also a story about a warthog before he discovered this amazing expression. However, the biggest part of the song is about being carefree and forgetting any troubles that may arise. As finals approach, a student needs to revisit their childhood past and recall the “wonderful phrase:”
“Timon - Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase
Pumbaa - Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passin’ craze
Timon - It means no worries for the rest of your days
Both - It’s our problem-free philosophy
Timon - Hakuna Matata!” (The Lion King).
A simple phrase, and it means so much. It is all explained in five lines. Hakuna Matata is the Swahili expression for “There are no worries here” but is generally shortened to mean “no worries.” The whole purpose of this song is to have Simba, the protagonist, forget about the incident that occurred because there is nothing he can do about the past. The characters that teach and sing the song, Timon and Pumbaa, are supposed to represent a simpler, easier, and more relaxed way of life. The song is only five lines being used repetitively. This helps emphasize the theme.
Pumbaa, the warthog, shows that before he learned about Hakuna Matata he was miserable. The second section of the song shows how embarrassed he really was:

“Timon - He found his aroma lacked a certain appeal,
He could clear the savanna after every meal” (The Lion King).
This warthog had things rough, he was always in pain. “Pumbaa - And it hurt when my friends never stood downwind.” (The Lion King). But of course, if you were in an aromatically challenged position like Pumbaa’s, how would you...

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