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"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is a classical pop song from the Disney's 1994 animated feature film, The Lion King. It was originally composed by Elton John with lyrics written by Tim Rice. It won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. It was also nominated for AFI's "100 Years...100 Songs", as one of 15 from Disney and one of 17 from an animated movie to be nominated. The ones that eventually made the cut was: "When You Wish Upon A Star" (#7), "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (#19), "Beauty and the Beast" (#62) and "Hakuna Matata" (#99).

Plot

As the song begins, Timon and Pumbaa realize that Nala and Simba being alone together would most likely lead to the two falling romantically in love. The two worry that this will bring an end to their carefree days with Simba. Timon's prediction comes true, and Nala and Simba's longtime childhood friendship eventually blossoms into intense romance during a stroll though the jungle.

In The Lion King 1½, the romantic love scene is interspersed with scenes showing Timon and Pumbaa trying to disrupt Simba and Nala's romantic night out while the refrain plays throughout their failure.

Elton John, the composer, also sings his cover version during the credits of the original film. This version was released as a single by Elton John and was also featured on the The Lion King soundtrack.

A different cover version of the song, with Elton John's lyrics, appeared on the Sing-Along Songs video "Colors of the Wind", in which it was set to clips of couples from previous animated Disney films (Bambi, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Brave Little Tailor, Fun and Fancy Free, Cinderella, Robin Hood, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp, and Melody Time) in addition to Simba and Nala.

Lyrics

Timon: I can see what's happening
Pumbaa: (spoken): What?
Timon: And they don't have a clue
Pumbaa: (spoken) Who?
Timon: They'll fall in love, and here's the bottom line
Our trio's down to two
Pumbaa: (spoken) Oh.
Timon: Ze sweet caress of twilight
There's magic everywhere
And with all this romantic atmosphere
Disaster's in the air

Chorus: Can you feel the love tonight?
The peace the evening brings
The world, for once, in perfect harmony
With all its living things

Simba: So many things to tell her
But how to make her see
The truth about my past? Impossible
She'd turn away from me

Nala: He's holding back, he's hiding
But what, I can't decide
Why won't he be the king I know he is
The king I see inside?

Chorus: Can you feel the love tonight?
The peace the evening brings
The world, for once, in perfect harmony
With all its living things

Can you feel the love tonight?
You needn't look to far
Steeling through the night's uncertainties
Love is where they are

Timon: And if he falls in love tonight
It can be assumed
Pumbaa: His carefree days with us are history
Both: In short, our pal is doomed

(Both start shedding tears)

Timon: I can see what's happening
Pumbaa (spoken): What?
Timon: And they don't have a clue
Pumbaa: (spoken): Who?
Timon: They'll fall in love and here's the bottom line
Our trio's down to two
Pumbaa (spoken): Oh.
Timon: The sweet caress of twilight
There's magic everywhere
And with all this romantic atmosphere
Disaster's in the air

Chorus: Can you feel the love tonight
The peace the evening brings
The world for once in perfect harmony
With all its living things

Simba: So many things to tell her
But how to make her see
The truth about my past? Impossible
She'd turn away from me

Nala: He's holding back, he's hiding
But what, I can't decide
Why won't he be the king I know he is
The king I see inside?

Chorus: Can you feel the love tonight?
The peace the evening brings
The world, for once, in perfect harmony
With all its living things

Can you feel the love tonight?
You needn't look too far
Stealing through the night's uncertainties
Love is where they are

Nala: And if he feels the love tonight
In the way I do

Simba: It's enough for this restless wanderer

Both: Just to be with you

There's a calm surrender
To the rush of day
When the heat of a rolling wind
Can be turned away
An enchanted moment
And it sees me through
It's enough for this restless warrior
Just to be with you

And can you feel the love tonight?
It is where we are
It's enough for this wide-eyed wanderer
That we got this far

And can you feel the love tonight?
How it's laid to rest
It's enough to make kings and vagabonds
Believe the very best

There's a time for everyone
If they only learn
That the twisting kaleidoscope
Moves us all in turn
There's a rhyme and reason
To the wild outdoors
When the heart of this star-crossed voyager
Beats in time with yours

And can you feel the love tonight?
It is where we are
It's enough for this wide-eyed wanderer
That we got this far

And can you feel the love tonight?
How it's laid to rest
It's enough to make kings and vagabonds
Believe the very best

It's enough to make kings and vagabonds
Believe the very best

Deleted versions

Timon: If I said I love you
Pumbaa (spoken): Huh?

Timon: Had you on my brain

Pumbaa (spoken): Hey!

Timon: It would mean a romantic atmosphere had rendered me insane!
It's only an example, it don't apply to us

Pumbaa (spoken): Phew!
But over there, it's a different story

Timon: And one we must discuss!

Both: Oh, can you feel the love tonight?
Oh, the signs are there

Pumbaa: A starry sky and tons of tenderness

Timon: Disaster in the air!
And if he falls in love tonight

Pumbaa: (spoken) Oh no!

Timon: It can be assumed

Pumbaa (spoken) What?

Timon: His carefree days with us are history
In short

Both: Our pal is doomed!

Simba: There's a calm surrender to the rush of day. When the heat of a rolling world can be turned away.
Nala: An enchanted moment. Any heart would fall. Paradise, and I can't help wondering should I be here at all?
Chorus: and Can you feel the love tonight? Won't you stay to see, stealing through the night's uncertainties, a truth for you and me.
Nala: Somewhere there's a reason why I had to go, to keep away from this star-crossed voyager that I don't want to know.

Simba: Never trust the future, never miss the past. If you live for the shining moment, the moment may just last!

Chorus: And can you feel the love tonight?
It is where we are
It's enough for this wide-eyed wanderer
That we got this far

Can you feel the love tonight?
Won't you stay to see
Stealing through the night's uncertainties
A truth for you and me

Stealing through the night's uncertainties
A love for you and me

Trivia

  • The song originally was storyboarded to be sung by Timon and Pumbaa in a comical fashion, but was changed at the insistence of Elton John to be the film's "Prince and Princess" moment.
  • This song was the first song Elton John wrote for the film.[1]
  • In 1994, the song won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
  • The song was ranked #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Originally, Disney didn't plan to use the song. It was only through the insistence of Elton John that it was included in the movie.
  • Several demos of the song were recorded during the film's production. One demo was sung by Timon and Pumbaa, but Elton John disliked the comical nature of the concept, although the ending verse was used for the final film. Another demo was recorded by Joseph Williams and Sally Dworsky as Simba and Nala, but it was also scrapped as it didn't connect with the African-themed music for the film.
  • In the original soundtrack version of the song, Timon and Pumbaa's sobbing at the end is prolonged.
  • According to Mouse Under Glass, Tim Rice wrote fifteen different drafts for the song before finally settling on the version included in the film.
  • When Zazu talks to Simba and Nala about their betrothal, flute notes of the song can be heard in the background score.
  • This is one of the movie's best known songs after "Hakuna Matata" and the "Circle of Life".
  • There is a rare work-in-progress version that appeared on a teaser trailer for the film The Fox and the Hound on VHS, which viewers won't find anywhere else except in the storyboard.
  • There is a version of this song sung in the French track of The Lion King 1½ throughout the credits instead of "Grazing in the Grass" by Raven and a reprise of "That's All I Need" by Timon, whose singers remain unknown to this day.
  • In the aforementioned midquel film, Timon and Pumbaa try to trip Nala and Simba up with a vine, which explains why the two lions end up rolling down the hill.
  • The 2010 version cuts to the Broadway and North American tour versions of the show eliminated the aerial ballet (still evident in the original cast recording by an instrumental break in the song).
  • The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar makes a nod to the song when Kion says, "Dad, we already had that talk! Can you feel the love tonight? I know all about that mushy stuff!"[2]
  • The part where Timon and Pumbaa cry at the end of the song in the soundtrack is cut off from Radio Disney Junior broadcasts.

References

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Media

Films: The Lion King | The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | The Lion King 1½ | The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar | Video
Television: Timon and Pumbaa | Timon and Pumbaa's Wild About Safety | The Lion Guard
Soundtracks: Soundtrack | Rhythm of the Pride Lands | The Legacy Collection | The Lion King Collection | Return to Pride Rock: Songs Inspired by Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | Best of the Lion King | The Lion King 1½: Songs from Timon and Pumbaa's Hilarious Adventure | Original Broadway Cast Recording | The Lion Guard
Video Games: The Lion King | Timon and Pumbaa's Jungle Games | The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure | Kingdom Hearts II | Animated Storybook: The Lion King | Disney Universe | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | Adventures in Typing with Timon and Pumbaa | Activity Center | The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride: Active Play | The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride GameBrack | The Lion King 1½ | Disney Crossy Road
Books: Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Marvel Comics | The Art of the Lion King | Simba and the Lost Waterfall | Morning at Pride Rock | Simba and Nala Help Bomo | The Bright Star | Simba and the Big Flood | Simba the Fortune Teller | The Pal Patrol | Simba's Hide and Seek | Far from the Pride Lands | Simba's Daring Rescue | Pumbaa Runs Away from Home | No Worries: A New Story About Simba | How Simba Met Timon and Pumbaa | Way to Go, Simba! | The Lion King 1½

Disney Parks

Rafiki's Planet Watch | Disney's Art of Animation Resort | Disney's Explorers Lodge | Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable | Disney Animation Building | It's a Small World | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Rhythm of the Jungle | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise | The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) | The Lion Guard Adventure
Entertainment: Animagique | Animazment - The Musical | Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Believe | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney's Wishes | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disneyland Forever | Fantasmic! | Feel the Magic | Festival of Family & Friends | Festival of the Lion King | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | Mickey and the Magician | The Golden Mickeys | The Legend of the Lion King | Tree of Life Awakens | Villains Tonight! | World of Color
Restaurants: Restaurant Hakuna Matata
Parade: Disney's Magical Moments Parade | Disney Cinema Parade | Disney Magic on Parade | The Lion King Celebration | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade | Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Halloween: Happy Hallowishes

Characters

The Lion King: Simba | Nala | Mufasa | Scar | Rafiki | Timon | Pumbaa | Zazu | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Sarabi | Sarafina | The Pridelanders | Hyena Clan | Wildebeests | Cape Buffalo | Gopher
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Kiara | Kovu | Zira | Vitani | Nuka | Outsiders | Crocodiles
The Lion King 1½: Ma | Uncle Max | Iron Joe | Meerkat Colony
Timon and Pumbaa: The Native Chief | The Three Natives | Monty | Baampu | Nobi | Fred | Quint | The Woodpecker | Bruce | Stinky | Ralph and Eddie | Teds | Savage Lion | Bartholomew | The Tarsier | Toucan Dan | Vulture Police | Ned | Rabbit | Uncle Boaris | Uncle Ernie | Boss Beaver | Boy Beaver | Lester the Whale | The Tigress | Jackal | The Cobra | Speedy the Snail | Smolder the Bear | Little Jimmy | Irwin | El Toro | Mr. Pig | Wolverine | Jumbo Jumbo the Elephant | Cheetato and Cheetata | Martin Pardon | Rita Book | Captain Bloodbeard | Cisco Pig | Cisco Pig's Gang | Dr. Caliostro | Torgo | The Meerkat Angel | Pumbaa Jr. | Nefu | Dr. Happy | Leslie Lambeau | Mr. Buttons | Sharla | Herman | Lara | Mel | Claudius | Bahuka | Tutan Pharaoh | Genie | Madame Credenza | Duke Meerkat | Tatiana | Mother Eagle | Baby Earl | King Leopold | Princess Claudia | Sigmund and Lloyd | Heinrich and Schnitzel | Pimon and Tumbaa | Mad Dog McGraw, Billy the Goat, and Three-fingered Jackelope | Dr. Exceter | Sal Manders | Jungle Inspector
The Lion Guard: Kion | Bunga | Fuli | Beshte | Ono | Tiifu | Zuri | Janja | Mzingo | Cheezi | Chungu | Janja's Clan | Makuu | Pua | Basi | Ushari | Jasiri | Ma Tembo | Reirei | Goigoi | Dogo | Dogo's Brothers | Twiga | Tamaa | Swala | Muhimu | Ajabu | Makucha | Mjomba | Ogpoa | Haya | Badili | Mapigano | Gumba | Nne | Tano
Printed Media: Uru | Ahadi | Kopa | Pimbi | Boma | Kula | Zuzu | Joka | Lulu
Deleted: Diku | Baasho | Iggy | Herr Rhino | Kwashi | Bhati | Mheetu | Banagi | Daabi | Dwala | Naanda | Binti | Lemuta | Timon's Father | Buzz | Tesma | Nala's Father

Episodes

Timon & Pumbaa
Season One: "Boara Boara" | "Saskatchewan Catch" | "Kenya Be My Friend?" | "Good Mousekeeping" | "Brazil Nuts" | "South Sea Sick/The Lion Sleeps Tonight" | "Never Everglades" | "Cooked Goose" | "Yukon Con" | "Doubt of Africa" | "How to Beat the High Costa Rica" | "Swiss Missed" | "Russia Hour" | "You Ghana Join the Club" | "Uganda Be an Elephant" | "To Kilimanjaro Bird" | "Rocky Mountain Lie" | "Amazon Quiver" | "French Fried" | "Big Top Breakfast" | "Madagascar About You" | "Truth or Zaire/Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" | "Mojave Desserted" | "Beauty and the Wildebeest" | "Don't Break the China" | "Can't Take a Yolk" | "Stand by Me" | "The Pain in Spain" | "Frantic Atlantic" | "Unlucky in Lesotho" | "Rafiki's Apprentice" | "Tanzania Zany" | "Guatemala Malarkey" | "Mombasa-In-Law" | "TV Dinner" | "Back Out in the Outback" | "Gabon with the Wind" | "Timon's Time Togo" | "The Law of the Jungle" | "Manhattan Mishap" | "Paraguay Parable" | "Be More Pacific" | "Going Uruguay" | "Let's Serengeti Out of Here" | "Congo on Like This" | "Okay Bayou?" | "Shake Your Djibouti" | "Yosemite Remedy" | "The Sky Is Calling" | "Mozam-Beaked" | "Ocean Commotion"
Season Two: "Palm Beached" | "Oregon Astray" | "Isle of Manhood" | "Klondike Con" | "Beetle Romania" | "Wide Awake in Wonderland" | "Animal Barn" | "Africa-Dabra!" | "Shopping Mauled" | "Catch Me if You Kenya" | "Monster Massachusetts" | "Forbidden Pumbaa" | "Alcatraz Mataz" | "I Think I Canada" | "Beast of Eden" | "Timon on the Range" | "Maine-Iacs" | "Rome Alone" | "Once Upon a Timon" | "Home is Where the Hog Is" | "Beethoven's Whiff" | "Bumble in the Jungle"
Season Three: "Whiff" | "To Be Bee or Not To Be Bee" | "Luck Be a Meerkat" | "Just When You Thought You'd Cuisine It All" | "Lemonade Stand Off" | "Big Jungle Game" | "Boo Hoo Bouquet" | "Now Sumo Me" | "Now Museum, Now You Don't" | "Visiting Pig-nitaries" | "The Truth About Kats and Hogs" | "Escape from Newark" | "Truth Be Told" | "Circus Jerks" | "Nest Best Thing" | "Super Hog-O" | "Don't Have the Vegas Idea" | "Hot Enough for Ya?" | "Werehog of London" | "Bigfoot, Littlebrain" | "Astro-Nots" | "Robin Hoodwinked" | "Seregenti Western" | "All Pets are Off" | "Two for the Zoo" | "The Swine in the Stone" | "You May Have Already Won Six Million Bakra" | "My Meteor, My Friend" | "Jungle Slickers" | "Don't Wake the Neighbear" | "Recipe for Disaster" | "Going Over-Boar'd" | "Ivy Beleaguered" | "Broadway Bound & Gagged" | "Steel Hog" | "Dealer's Choice Cut" | "Space Ham" | "You Bet Your Tukhus" | "No-Good Samaritan" | "Living in De Nile" | "One Tough Bug" | "Pirates of Pumbzance" | "Miss Perfect" | "Hakuna Matata U." | "Pig-Malion" | "Why No Rhino" | "War Hogs" | "The Big No Sleep" | "Common Scents" | "Mister Twister" | "Don't Be Elfish" | "Lights, Camera, Traction" | "The Running of the Bullies" | "Special Defects" | "Wishy Washy" | "Ice Escapades" | "Guru Some" | "Jailhouse Shock" | "Nearly Departed" | "Early Bird Watchers" | "The Spy's the Limit" | "Ready, Aim, Fire" | "Timoncchio" | "Ghost Boosters" | "Stay Away from my Honey!" | "Sitting Pretty Awful" | "He's a Bad, Bad, Bad Sport" | "Dapper Duck Burgers" | "It Runs Good" | "Hot Air Buffoons" | "Timon in Love" | "Kahuna Potato" | "Mook Island" | "Cliphangers"

The Lion Guard
Season One: "Never Judge a Hyena by its Spots" | "The Rise of Makuu" | "Bunga the Wise" | "Can't Wait to be Queen" | "Eye of the Beholder" | "The Kupatana Celebration" | "Fuli's New Family" | "The Search for Utamu" | "Follow That Hippo!" | "Call of the Drongo" | "Paintings and Predictions" | "The Mbali Fields Migration" | "Bunga and the King" | "The Imaginary Okapi" | "Too Many Termites" | "The Trouble With Galagos" | "Janja's New Crew" | "Baboons!" | "Beware the Zimwi" | "Never Roar Again"

Locations

The Lion King Trilogy: Africa | The Zuberi River | Mount Kilimanjaro | Pride Rock | The Pride Lands | The Desert | The Water Hole | The Elephant Graveyard | The Gorge | Jungle | The Great River | Rafiki's Ancient Tree | The Outlands
Timon and Pumbaa: Zazu's Tree | Madame Credenza's Place | Savage Rock | Boss Beaver's Log Land

Songs

The Lion King: Circle of Life | The Morning Report | I Just Can't Wait to Be King | Be Prepared | Hakuna Matata | Can You Feel the Love Tonight | Hawaiian War Chant
Instrumental Scores: This Land | Hyenas | ...To Die For | Under the Stars | King of Pride Rock | Didn't Your Mother Tell You Not to Play with Your Food | We are All Connected | Hyenas in the Pride Lands | Elephant Graveyard | I Was Just Trying to Be Brave | Stampede | Mufasa Dies | If You Ever Come Back We'll Kill You | Bowling for Buzzards | We Gotta Bone to Pick With You | Kings of the Past | Nala, is It Really You? | Remember Who You Are | This is My Home | The Rightful King
Rhthym of the Pride Lands: Kube | Lea Halalela | It's Time | Lala | Busa | Noyana
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: He Lives in You | We Are One | My Lullaby | Upendi | One of Us | Love Will Find a Way
The Lion King 1½: Digga Tunnah | That's All I Need | Sunrise, Sunset | Grazing in the Grass
Musical: Lioness Hunt | Rafiki Mourns | One by One | Grasslands Chant | Chow Down | The Madness of King Scar | Shadowland | Endless Night
The Lion Guard: Call of the Guard | A Beautiful Day (Ni Siku Nzuri) | Zuka Zama | Tonight We Strike | Kion's Lament | Here Comes the Lion Guard | We're the Same (Sisi Ni Sawa) | Don't Make a Stink | Bunga the Wise | Duties of the King | Outta the Way | Jackal Style | My Own Way | Utamu | All Hail The Vultures | Your Hero Inside | Bird of a Thousand Voices | Panic and Run | Trail to Hope | Life in the Pride Lands | We'll Make You a Meal | Find Your Roar | Chungu's Lament | Baboons | It is Time
Other: Alone Together | Stand by Me | Yummy, Yummy, Yummy | The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Deleted: To Be King | Warthog Rhapsody | The Lion of the Moon | Old Fearless Buzz | The Madness of King Scar | Be Prepared (reprise)

Other

King of the Jungle | Musical | List of Species seen in The Lion King Franchise | Roar of the Elders

See Also

The Disney Afternoon | Find Out Why | House of Mouse | One by One

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