"The Lion Sleeps Tonight"
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens single cover.jpg
Single by The Tokens
from the album The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Released November 1961
Rhythm and blues doo-wop Length 2:41 Label RCA Victor Songwriter(s)
Solomon Linda Hugo Peretti Luigi Creatore George David Weiss Albert Stanton Producer(s) Hugo & Luigi Audio sample MENU0:00 filehelp "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is a song originally written and recorded by Solomon Linda under the title "Mbube" for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939. Linda's original was written in Zulu, while the English version's lyrics were written by George David Weiss. The song was adapted and covered internationally by many pop and folk revival artists in the 1950s and 1960s,
Those Old Ones were gone now, inside the earth and under the sea; but their dead bodies had told their secrets in dreams to the first men, who formed a cult which had never died. This was that cult, and the prisoners said it had always existed and always would exist, hidden in distant wastes and dark places all over the world until the time when the great priest Cthulhu, from his dark house in the mighty city of R'lyeh under the waters, should rise and bring the earth again beneath his sway...
It is quite likely, considering how they started out. (They were taking texts in different languages from different companies and government agencies and giving its fragments to people as "exercises", then people were translating it for them "for free", correcting each other, and when the translation was correct enough, they were selling it to these companies. People were also "helping" them fill up their databases with words and their translations, which could then be sold as dictionary databases.)