Can You Feel the Love TonightElton JohnSara Jamhour
Composition Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is a song from Disney’s 1994 animated film, The Lion King, composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. The song was performed in the film by Kristle Edwards, Joseph Williams, Sally Dworsky, Nathan Lane, and Ernie Sabella. The end title version was performed by Elton John. Elton John was the composer and arranger. There was no transcriber.
Background It was described by Don Hahn (the films producer), Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff (the films directors) as having "the most diverse history" in the film. It was a chart hit in the UK, peaking at #14 on the UK Singles Chart, 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. It won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. It also earned Elton John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Biography Nathan Lane, Timon Ernie Sabella, Pumbaa Joseph Williams, Simba Sally Dworsky, Nala Kristle Edwards, lead female vocal
Historical Perspective The song was recorded in 1993 and released May 12, 1994. John declared that "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" was meant to follow "Disneys tradition of great love songs", and that it could "express the lions feelings for each other far better than dialogue could". The Lion King was released on June 15, 1994.
Technical Considerations Animal sounds such as elephants along with drum solos and maracas are present throughout the piece. The variety of instruments and voices can be difficult to emulate.
Stylistic Considerations It includes African vocals that are more prominent in the audio-only releases, while they are mostly muted in the on-screen version of the song. The lyrics should be sustained from each performer and should not be brusque or abrupt. The tempo also picks up pace in the middle of the piece. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h67RkwnchsI
Form and Structure Intro [Timon] I can see whats happening (What?) And they dont have a clue (Who?) Theyll fall in love and heres the bottom line Our trios down to two. (Oh.) Ze sweet caress of twilight Theres magic everywhere And with all this romantic atmosphere Disasters 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
Verse 1 [Simba] So many things to tell her But how to make her see The truth about my past? Impossible! Shed turn away from me [Nala] Hes holding back, hes hiding But what, I cant decide Why wont 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 neednt look too far Stealing through the nights uncertainties Love is where they are
Extro [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 (crying)
Title Version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTtgVSxfr5M Verse 1 Theres a calm surrender to the rush of day When the heat of a rolling world can be turned away An enchanted moment, and it sees me through Its enough for this restless warrior just to be with you
Chorus And can you feel the love tonight It is where we are Its enough for this wide-eyed wanderer That we got this far And can you feel the love tonight How its laid to rest Its enough to make kings and vagabonds Believe the very best
Verse 2 Theres a time for everyone if they only learn That the twisting kaleidoscope moves us all in turn Theres a rhyme and reason to the wild outdoors When the heart of this star-crossed voyager beats in time with yours
Chorus and Extro And can you feel the love tonight It is where we are Its enough for this wide-eyed wanderer That we got this far And can you feel the love tonight How its laid to rest Its enough to make kings and vagabonds Believe the very best