Can You Feel the Love Tonight (1994) – Elton John

I’m not as smitten with this song now as I was back then, but it’s still pretty darn good. This is the second song to appear here from Elton John’s collaboration with Disney’s Lion King. In my first article Circle of Life you’ll forgive me for recalling, ‘Rice said he was amazed at the speed with which John composed: “I gave him the lyrics at the beginning of the session at about two in the afternoon. By half-past three, he’d finished writing and recording a stunning demo.

Can You Feel the Love Tonight is a song from Disney’s 1994 animated film The Lion King composed by English musician Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. At the 67th Academy Awards in March 1995 it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The same year the song also won Elton John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

There’s a calm surrender
To the rush of day
When the heat of a rolling wave
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’ve got this far
And can you feel the love tonight? (Tonight)
How it’s laid to rest?
It’s enough to make kings and vagabonds
Believe the very best

Within around one and a half months before the film was released in June 1994, John’s recording was released throughout radio stations as a commercial single and entered the US Billboard Hot 100. The music video (seen below) of John’s recording contains montages of John performing the song and scenes from the film.

I’m going to end this article with a WTF statistic from the wiki reference below:
According to a 2020 survey by OnBuy found that couples that chose “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” as the song for the first dance at their wedding were more likely to stay together, with 77% of respondents who chose the song remaining in their marriage.

1. Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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5 comments on “Can You Feel the Love Tonight (1994) – Elton John
  1. I’m not a fan of “The Lion King”, but I’ve always liked this song.

  2. Is that right Matt? Couples that chose this song for their first wedding dance, were more likely to stay together! That’s interesting!

  3. Very peculiar Matt! Nice song tbough!

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