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Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Composer Elton John


Lyrics Tim Rice


Performers Kristle Edwards

Simba (Joseph Williams)

Nala (Sally Dworsky)

Timon (Nathan Lane)

Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella)

Feature Films The Lion King


Television Programs Unknown


Video Games The Lion King


Albums The Lion King (Soundtrack)


Preceded by Hakuna Matata


Followed by Circle of Life (Finale)


"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 Edit

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.

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.

Lyrics (Movie Version) Edit

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)

Lyrics (Elton John's Version) Edit

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

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