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Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
Originally performed by
Composer Elton John
Lyrics Tim Rice
Performer(s) Kristle Edwards
Simba (Joseph Williams)
Nala (Sally Dworsky)
Timon (Nathan Lane)
Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella)
Films The Lion King
Shows
Attractions
Video games The Lion King
Albums The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Classic Disney - Volume II
Disney's Greatest Love Songs
The Legacy Collection: The Lion King
Preceded by Hakuna Matata
Followed by Circle of Life (Finale)
Video
Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight ~ Official Music Video04:02

Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight ~ Official Music Video

"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. The song won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. The song was also nominated for AFI's "100 Years...100 Songs", as one of 15 songs from Disney and one of 17 songs from an animated movie to be nominated. The songs 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 the two lions fall in love 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 romantic/loving couples from previous animated Disney films in addition to Simba and Nala.

Lyrics

Movie version

Timon: I can see what's happening
Pumbaa: What?
Timon: And they don't have a clue
Pumbaa: Who?
Timon: They'll fall in love, and here's the bottom line
Our trio's down to two
Pumbaa: Oh
Timon (with French accent): 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 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.

Broadway Version

Timon: I can see what's happening.
Pumbaa: What?
Timon: And they don't have a clue.
Pumbaa: Who?
Timon: They'll fall in love and here's the bottom line
Our trio's down to two.
Pumbaa: 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

Simba and Nala: Just to be with you

Elton John's version

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

Version 1

Timon: If I said I love you,

Pumbaa: Huh?

Timon: Had you on my brain,

Pumbaa: Hey!

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

Pumbaa: 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: Oh no!

Timon: It can be assumed,

Pumbaa: What?

Timon: His carefree days with us are history. In short,

Both: Our pal is doomed!

Version 2

Chorus: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the teaser trailer for the film included in the Fox and the Hound VHS, that you won't find anywhere else.


The Lion King
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Films and Shows: The Lion King | The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | The Lion King 1½ | Timon & Pumbaa (Episode List) | House of Mouse | Timon and Pumbaa's Wild About Safety | The Lion Guard

Video Games: The Lion King | Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games | The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventures | Kingdom Hearts II

Disney Parks: Fantasmic! | Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable | Festival of the Lion King | World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic | The Legend of the Lion King | The Lion King Celebration

Original Film Characters: Simba | Nala | Mufasa | Scar | Rafiki | Timon | Pumbaa | Zazu | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Sarabi | Sarafina | Pridelanders | Hyena Clan | Wildebeests | Cape Buffalo | Gopher | Diku (Deleted Character)

Sequel Characters: Kiara | Kovu | Zira | Vitani | Nuka | Outsiders | Crocodiles

Midquel Characters: Ma | Uncle Max | Iron Joe | Meerkat Colony

Timon and Pumbaa Characters: Native Chief | The Three Natives | Monti | Baampu | Nobi | Fred | Quint | Bruce | Stinky | Jackal | Ralph and Eddie | The Cobra | Teds | Savage Lion | Bartholomew | Toucan Dan | Vulture Police | Ned | Rabbit | Uncle Boaris | Uncle Ernie | Boss Beaver | Boy Beaver | Lester the Whale | Speedy the Snail | Smolder the Bear | Little Jimmy | Irwin | El Toro | Mr. Pig | Wolverine | Jumbo Jumbo | Cheetato & 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 | Sharla | Herman | Lara | Mel | Claudius | Bahuka | Madame Credenza | Duke Meerkat | Tatiana | Mother Eagle | Baby Earl | King Leopold | Princess Claudia | Pimon and Tumbaa | Mad Dog McGraw, Billy the Goat, and Three-fingered Jackelope

The Lion Guard Characters: Kion | Bunga | Fuli | Beshte | Ono

Locations: Africa | Mount Kilimanjaro | Pride Rock | Pride Lands | Water Hole | Elephant Graveyard | The Gorge | Hakuna Matata (location) | The Jungle | Rafiki's Ancient Tree | The Outlands | Madame Credenza's Place | Savage Rock | Boss Beaver's Log Land

Songs: Circle of Life | I Just Can't Wait to Be King | Be Prepared | Hakuna Matata | Can You Feel the Love Tonight | This Land | ...To Die For | Under the Stars | King of Pride Rock | Busa | He Lives in You | We Are One | My Lullaby | Upendi | Not One of Us | Love Will Find a Way | Digga Tunnah | That's All I Need | The Morning Report | Lioness Hunt | Rafiki Mourns | One by One | Grasslands Chant | Chow Down | The Madness of King Scar | Shadowland | The Lion Sleeps Tonight | Endless Night | Warthog Rhapsody (Deleted Song)

Other: The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | Broadway Musical | Rhythm of the Pride Lands | The Battle of Pride Rock | Marvel Comics | List of Species seen in The Lion King Franchise

See also: The Disney Afternoon | Find Out Why

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