leonine times are a-changing

Jeff Jacobs

Senior Member
Scar sings about Lion Mufasa:

Scar: A clapped-out, distracted regime.
Whose failings undoubtedly presage.
The need for a dif'rent dream.
Yes, leonine times are a-changing.

What's the meaning of "leonine times are a-changing"?
Source: The Lion King 2019
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    Leonine = pertaining to lions.
    The lines appear to be an allusion to the famous song The Times they are a-Changin' by Bob Dylan.

    Using an a-prefix to verbs indicating something ongoing is common in some varieties of English. In BrE it is generally regarded as old-fashioned, but it is in current use elsewhere.
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