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Can You Feel the Love Tonight (film)
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Title
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
Composer
Elton John
Lyricist
Tim Rice
Performers
Sally Dworsky
Joseph Williams
Kristle Edwards
Nathan Lane
Ernie Sabella
Length
2:57
For the Elton John version, see here.

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is a song from The Lion King. It is sung by Simba, Nala, Timon, and Pumbaa after Simba and Nala reunite as young adults and find that their friendship has blossomed into love.

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?
(Lalela thuli) Listen to this quiet person.
The peace the evening brings.
(Lalela thuli) Listen to this quiet person.
The world, for once, in perfect harmony
(Lalela thuli) Listen to this quiet person.
With all its living things.
(Lalela lelando/lelandu we) Hey, listen to this history!

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?
(Lalela thuli) Listen to this quiet person.
The peace the evening brings.
(Lalela thuli) Listen to this quiet person.
The world, for once, in perfect harmony
(Lalela thuli) Listen to this quiet person.
With all its living things.
(Lalela lelando/lelandu we) Hey, listen to this history!
Can you feel the love tonight?
You needn't look too far.
Stealing 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.

Timon and Pumbaa:

In short, our pal is doomed!

Information

The Lion King

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Simba and Nala after their first "kiss"

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. Simba thinks that he should tell Nala why did he left the pride, but gives up, while Nala questions herself why Simba doesn't want to be king he truly is. However, the romantic atmosphere around them brings two lions to the first kiss (lion's kind of a kiss) and love. At the end of the song, Timon and Pumbaa begin to cry for lossing their friendship with Simba.

Elton John, the composer, also sings his cover version during the credits of the original film.

The Lion King 1½

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.

Other Apperances

Elton John's Version

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Romantic atmosphere of the song in the third 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.

The Stage Musical

The song appears in Brodway musical version. The lyrics is mostly the same, exept for the ending: instead Timon and Pumbaa finishing the song, Nala and Simba have that honor:

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

Trivia

  • 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 composer 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.
  • Elton John performed and published the song with different lyrics. For more, see here.

Gallery

  • "I can see what's happening."
  • "And they don't have a clue."
  • "They'll fall in love and here's the bottom line..."
  • "Our trio's down to two."
  • "Ze sweet caress of twilight."
  • "There's magic everywhere."
  • "And with all this romantic atmosphere..."
  • "Disaster's in the air!"
  • "Can you feel the love tonight?"
  • "The peace the evening brings."
  • Foronce.jpg "The world, for once, in perfect harmony with all its living things."
  • "So many things to tell her, but how to make her see..."
  • "The truth about my past? Impossible! She'd turn away from me."
  • "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?"
  • "Can you feel the love tonight?"
  • SimbaNalaSoaked.jpg "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."
  • "And if he falls in love tonight, it can be assumed..."
  • "His carefree days with us are history."
  • "In short, our pal is doomed!"


Video

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References

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Songs from The Lion King
Circle of LifeI Just Can't Wait to be KingBe PreparedHakuna MatataCan You Feel the Love Tonight

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