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    Default What do they sing at the beginning of "Circle of Life"?

    I am listening to Disney's Greatest Hits volume 1. It just occured to me I have no idea what they sing at the beginning of the song, what language is it? If I knew the language I could use babelfish to try and translate some of it.

    So, anyone know what the song translates into?
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    Sinple Google Search on "Circle of Life" Lyrics reveals...

    Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba [Here comes a lion, Father]
    Sithi uhm ingonyama [Oh yes, it's a lion]

    Nants ingonyama bagithi baba
    Sithi uhhmm ingonyama
    Ingonyama

    Siyo Nqoba [We're going to conquer]
    Ingonyama
    Ingonyama nengw' enamabala [A lion and a leopard come to this open place]

    [Chant repeats]

    From the day we arrive on the planet
    And blinking, step into the sun
    There's more to see than can ever be seen
    More to do than can ever be done
    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

    It's the Circle of Life
    And it moves us all
    Through despair and hope
    Through faith and love
    Till we find our place
    On the path unwinding
    In the Circle
    The Circle of Life

    It's the Circle of Life
    And it moves us all
    Through despair and hope
    Through faith and love
    Till we find our place
    On the path unwinding
    In the Circle
    The Circle of Life

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    hmm, pretty interesting... good post! thanx for the answer DizneyRox!
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    For some reason, I recall being told that it was Swahili. I could be wrong though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryBelle
    For some reason, I recall being told that it was Swahili. I could be wrong though.
    Another search says it is actually Zulu.

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    Default Hmmm

    What do you know? And Here I always thought it was...

    La la la la bring me my pajamas...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetMegan
    What do you know? And Here I always thought it was...

    La la la la bring me my pajamas...

    You, Ma'am, have made my day a little brighter through laughter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetMegan
    What do you know? And Here I always thought it was...

    La la la la bring me my pajamas...
    Our family always sings "Oh, potato. Won't you give me some more. Give me more, give me more potatoes." Guess I need to teach the boys some Zulu. Although I think our lyrics are a lot snappier!
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    The kids usually sing "joopy japy joopy joopy japy"...

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    It always sounded like, "Hingmanjana hingmamannajaja" to me.

    Of course, that absurd because that's gibberish, which I knew, but I was never motivated enough to figure out what it actually was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d_m_n_n
    Our family always sings "Oh, potato. Won't you give me some more. Give me more, give me more potatoes." Guess I need to teach the boys some Zulu. Although I think our lyrics are a lot snappier!
    This may be the single funniest post I've ever read.
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    Default Circle of Life Intro

    When I worked at Disney, all the cast memebers used to sing:

    "Pink Pajamas, Wearing Pink Pajamas
    Pink Pajamas, Wearing Pink Pajamas"

    And it continued for QUITE a long time, but I won't go into that here.
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    LOL Ok so it's not just us!! My girls used to always sing
    "Pink Pajamas, penquins on the bottom,
    Pink pajamas, penquins on the bottom!"
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    Man this is the best thread ever!
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    Hmmm...I always thought they were singing about the wild plains of my former home state....

    "PEEENNNNNSYLVANIA baba needs me a Wa-Wa"

    and of course,

    "Hey, manana, penguins do lambada"
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    I was thinking of this thread the other night at work and had to go find it again. I'm still cracking up laughing.
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    I always thought it was "Transylvania. Pennsylvania. Konichi Wawa. Wa Wa ah Wa"

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    Thanks to Natazu, I had to go find this thread again. Now I'll never get it out of my head! Hee-hee-hee.
    We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together

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    We believed in our idea - a place to line the pockets of CEOs and shareholders

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    this is my first time reading this thread..and OMG..im sooo glad i did...its soo funny..and i absolutely love BrerSchultzy translation of the song!!! lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrerSchultzy View Post
    "Hey, manana, penguins do lambada"
    It's been a long time since I've said this (used to be big around here ... )

    You owe me a monitor cleaning. I spit my coffee out when I read this, I was laughing so hard!!!
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