Can You Feel the Love Tonight

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"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
Single by Elton John
from the album The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released May 12, 1994 (1994-05-12)
Format CD, vinyl record (7"), audio cassette
Recorded 1993
Genre Soft rock, adult contemporary
Length 3:59
Label Walt Disney
Writer(s) Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics)[1]
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
"Circle of Life"
The Lion King track listing
"I Just Can't Wait to Be King"
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
Simba and Nala stare deeply into each other's eyes during the "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" sequence.

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is a song from Disney's 1994 animated film The Lion King[2] composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice.[1] It was described by Don Hahn (the film's producer), Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff (the film's directors) as having "the most diverse history" in the film.[3] It was a chart hit in the UK, peaking at #14 on the UK Singles Chart,[1] and achieved even more success in the U.S., reaching a peak of #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was a number-one hit in France.


The song was performed in the film by Kristle Edwards, Joseph Williams, Sally Dworsky, Nathan Lane, and Ernie Sabella, while the end title version was performed by Elton John. It won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Original Song,[1] and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. It also earned Elton John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

In 2003, a remixed version of the song was included in the Special Edition soundtrack of The Lion King, again sung by Elton John.

In the followup The Lion King 1½, the romantic scene where the song was originally featured also had the song playing, but with a difference: interspersed with the romantic scenes were short comedic shots of Timon and Pumbaa trying to disrupt Simba and Nala's night out with the Theme from Peter Gunn playing when they try.

Early production[edit]

The song was once planned to be sung only by Timon and Pumbaa, but Elton John disliked the comical nature of the concept. John declared that "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" was meant to follow "Disney's tradition of great love songs", and that it could "express the lions' feelings for each other far better than dialogue could".[4]

Later, the song was planned to be sung this time only by Simba and Nala but in the end the idea was scrapped again, and the final result was the song mainly sung by an off-screen voice (Kristle Edwards) with short lines from Simba (Joseph Williams) and Nala (Sally Dworsky), and the beginning and end parts by Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella).[3] It also included Zulu vocals that, while mostly muted in the on-screen version, were much more prominently featured in the audio-only releases.

Festival of the Lion King[edit]

In Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom's Festival of the Lion King, the song is sung by Nakawa and Kibibi. As they sing, two ballet dancers (one male, one female) dressed as birds dance on the stage. After the main chorus is sung, the male bird dancer attaches his partner to a harness that allows her to fly through the air.


Cover versions[edit]


See also[edit]


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