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This article is about the 1994 version of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight".
You may be looking for the 2019 version, the stage musical version, the Elton John version, the 2003 remix version, the deleted version sung by Simba and Nala, or the deleted version sung by Timon and Pumbaa.

Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Attribution information

Elton John


Tim Rice


Jay Rifkin


   Sally Dworsky
   Kristle Edwards
   Nathan Lane
   Ernie Sabella
   Joseph Williams

Release information

May 31, 1994






   Best of The Lion King
   Jungle Boogie
   The Legacy Collection: The Lion King
   The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
   The Lion King: Disney Karaoke Series
   The Lion King: Special Edition


   The Lion King
   The Lion King 1½


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Timon: Him. Her. Alone.
Pumbaa: What's wrong with that?
Timon and Pumbaa on Simba and Nala's burgeoning romance[src]

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is a song composed by Elton John for The Lion King. It was released on May 31, 1994, as part of the film's soundtrack. In the film, it is heard after a full-grown Nala reunites with her childhood friend, Simba, in the jungle. The two embark on a romantic evening and find that their childhood friendship has blossomed into love.


I can see what's happening

Pumbaa: (spoken)

And they don't have a clue

Pumbaa: (spoken)

They'll fall in love, and here's the bottom line
Our trio's down to two

Pumbaa: (spoken)

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?
(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!

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?

(Repeat Chorus)

Can you feel the love tonight?
(Lalela thuli) Listen to this quiet person.
You needn't look too far
(Lalela thuli) Listen to this quiet person.
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

Timon and Pumbaa:
In short, our pal is doomed


The Lion King

Simba and Nala embrace during the "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" musical sequence.

When a full-grown Nala is reunited with her childhood friend, Simba, in the jungle, they embark on a private escapade into the jungle to catch up. Looking on as the two depart, Timon and Pumbaa lament Simba's new romantic life, worrying that it will bring their carefree friendship to an end. Meanwhile, Simba and Nala wander the jungle together and find that they have both developed romantic feelings for one another. Along the way, Simba debates whether he should confess his past to Nala, while Nala wonders why Simba no longer wants to be the king of Pride Rock. At the end of the song, Timon and Pumbaa cry over the loss of their friendship with Simba.

The Lion King 1½

The song is much the same. However, it is interspersed with attempts made by Timon and Pumbaa to disrupt Simba and Nala's romantic night. They continually fail to break apart Simba and Nala.

Other appearances

Elton John's version

The romantic atmosphere of the song in the third film

This version was released as a single by Elton John and was featured on the official soundtrack. A different cover version of the song, with Elton John's lyrics, but sung in a duet form 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, not just Simba and Nala (whose love clips begin and end the sing-along).

The stage musical

The lyrics are mostly the same, except for the ending, in which Simba and Nala sing instead of Timon and Pumbaa. The song ends with these lyrics:

And if he feels the love tonight
In the way I do...
It's enough for this restless wanderer...
Simba and Nala:
Just to be with you



  • The song won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1995.[1][2]
  • The song was ranked #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3]
  • When Zazu talks to Simba and Nala about their betrothal, flute notes of the song can be heard in the background score.[5]

In development

  • Originally, the song was not going to be used in the film. It was only through the insistence of composer Elton John that it was included in the movie.[10]
  • 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.[11] Another demo was recorded as a love ballad between Simba and Nala, but it was also scrapped, as it was considered an "unearned" moment between the two characters.[12]



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  12. The Lion King Laserdisc, Disc 2, Side 1. 1995. Walt Disney Home Entertainment.