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"I See the Light" is the love theme from Disney's 2010 animated feature film, Tangled. It was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. A duet, the song was recorded by American singer and actress Mandy Moore and American actor Zachary Levi in their co-starring film roles as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. "I See the Light" is a down-tempo love ballad that combines elements of folk, musical theatre and pop music. Its lyrics describe how Rapunzel and Flynn feel about each other, knowing now that they have found each other, they can finally "see the light."

"I See the Light" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011, becoming composer Alan Menken's fourteenth nomination in the category, but lost to Randy Newman's "We Belong Together" from Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written For Visual Media as well as Best Song at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society. Renditions of the song can be heard in Disney Dreams!, Mickey's Soundsational Parade and The Magic, the Memories and You, and Celebrate the Magic.


Rapunzel's dream to see the "floating lights" was finally fulfilled with the help of Flynn Rider. That evening, Flynn rowed Rapunzel out in a small dinghy to the middle of an adjacent lake to get a good view of the lantern release. However, as she felt the thing she always asked for, she felt something different, as both she and Flynn found their new dream.


All those days watching from the windows
All those years outside looking in
All that time never even knowing
Just how blind I've been

Now I'm here, blinking in the starlight
Now I'm here, suddenly I see
Standing here, it's all so clear
I'm where I'm meant to be

And at last I see the light
And it's like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it's like the sky is new
And it's warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once everything looks different
Now that I see you

All those days chasing down a daydream
All those years living in a blur
All that time never truly seeing
Things the way they were

Now she's here shining in the starlight
Now she's here, suddenly I know
If she's here it's crystal clear
I'm where I'm meant to go

Rapunzel and Flynn:
And at last I see the light

And it's like the fog has lifted

Rapunzel and Flynn:
And at last I see the light

And it's like the sky is new

Rapunzel and Flynn:
And it's warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once, everything is different
Now that I see you
Now that I see you...


Soon after completing scores for The Shaggy Dog (2006) and Enchanted (2007), eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken was called upon to score and compose new songs for Tangled, then originally titled Rapunzel. Menken asked lyricist Glenn Slater to collaborate with him.

Originally, Menken and Slater wrote a song called "You Are My Forever", which was to be sung to Rapunzel first by Mother Gothel in a motherly way, and then by Flynn in a romantic rendition. The song was eventually scrapped and replaced by two new songs, Gothel's "Mother Knows Best" and a duet between lovers Rapunzel and Flynn called "I See the Light".

Composition and film setting

"I See the Light" was written by Alan Menken (Music) and Glenn Slater (Lyrics) with dialogue from the film's only writer. In the film, the song is performed by Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and "Flynn Rider" (Zachary Levi) during the launching of thousands of flying lanterns.

Cover versions

  • Jackie Evancho included the song on her 2012 album Songs from the Silver Screen.
  • On 2012 album Disney - Koe no Oujisama Vol.2 (ディズニー 声の王子様 第2章), which features various seiyus covering Disney songs, this song was covered by Hikaru Midorikawa and Takahiro Sakurai
  • David Harris included the song (as a duet with Lucy Durack) on his 2011 album 'At This Stage'

Awards and Nominations

83rd Academy Awards 2010 Best Original Song Tangled: Official Soundtrack Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2010 2010 Best Song Tangled: Official Soundtrack Nominated
68th Golden Globe Awards 2010 Best Song Tangled: Official Soundtrack Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society 2010 Best Song Tangled: Official Soundtrack Won
54th Grammy Awards 2011 Best Song Written For Visual Media Tangled: Official Soundtrack Won


  • The romantic moment/scene has often been compared to the famous, romantic ballroom dance from Beauty and the Beast, the Kiss the Girl scene from The Little Mermaid and A Whole New World from Aladdin. The song Set the Record Straight from the Phineas and Ferb episode "The Great Indoors", which was premiered just before the movie went to DVD, also has these similarities.
  • At one point, a lantern floats very low and near the boat and Rapunzel gently guides it back up to the sky. It appears that this is the lantern her parents released, because it has a sun print on it, which is what the King and Queen lifted up, and virtually every other lantern does not have a sun print and are different.
  • I See The Light is the fifth duet performed by a Disney Princess and Prince, the first being So This Is Love from Cinderella, the second being Once Upon a Dream from Sleeping Beauty, the third being A Whole New World from Aladdin, and the fourth being If I Never Knew You from the special edition of Pocahontas. This is also the second duet not sung onscreen; the first was So This Is Love.


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Films: Tangled | Tangled Ever After | Tangled: Before Ever After
Television: A Poem Is... | Once Upon a Time | Sofia the First | Tangled: The Series
Video games: Tangled (video game) | Disney INFINITY series | Kingdom Hearts III | Disney Crossy Road | Disney Enchanted Tales
Books: Tangled: The Essential Guide | The Art of Tangled | Little Golden Book | Sticker Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Rapunzel: A Day to Remember
Music: Soundtrack

Disney Parks

Disney Animation Building | Fairy Tale Forest | Garden of the Twelve Friends | Le Pays des Contes de Fées | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Entertainment: Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Wishes | Disney Dreams! | Disneyland Forever | Fantasy Festival | La Forêt de l’Enchantement: Une aventure musicale Disney | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire | Mickey and the Magical Map | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | Once Upon a Time | Royal Theatre | Tangled: The Musical | The Golden Mickeys | World of Color: Winter Dreams
Restaurants: Tangled Tree Tavern
Parade: Disney Magic on Parade | Festival of Fantasy Parade | Mickey's Storybook Express | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights


Original: Rapunzel | Flynn Rider | Mother Gothel | Pascal | Maximus | The Stabbington Brothers | Hook Hand | Big Nose | Vladimir | Shorty | Ulf | Attila | Pub Thugs | Captain of the Guards | Queen Arianna and King Frederic | Four Sisters | Castle Guards
TV series: Cassandra


Rapunzel's Tower | The Snuggly Duckling | Corona | Corona Castle


When Will My Life Begin | Mother Knows Best | When Will My Life Begin (Reprise) | I've Got a Dream | Mother Knows Best (Reprise) | I See the Light | Healing Incantation | Something That I Want


Rapunzel's Frying Pan | Magical Golden Flower | Rapunzel's Magic Hair | Rapunzel's Crown | Lanterns

See Also

Disney Revival | As Told by Emoji

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