|Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Timon and Pumbaa)|
This version of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is one of the fifteen drafts Tim Rice and Elton John had composed as the romantic ballad between Simba and Nala. Prior to this version, a duet version between Simba and Nala had been scrapped causing Rice to experiment with writing "a parody version" between Timon and Pumbaa lamenting the loss of their love-stricken companion to Nala. When John attended a storyreel with this version in it, he was shocked at the romantic love song being sung by a warthog, and convinced the filmmakers that the song felt emotionally flat because a tender scene was played as a joke. This caused the song to be re-structured, and placed back into the film combining the song being opened and closed with Timon and Pumbaa and Simba, Nala, and the "heavenly choir" sing the midsection.
If I said I loved you
And you want my brain
It would mean a romantic atmosphere
Had rendered me insane!
That's only an example
It don't apply to us
But over there
It's a different story
And one we must discuss!
Oh, can you feel the love tonight?
All the signs are there
A starry sky
And tons of tenderness
Disaster in the air!
And if he falls in love tonight
It can be assumed
His carefree days
With us are history
Our pal is doomed!
- Hochman, Steve. MOVIES : Wait Till You Hear the Wart Hog : 'Lion King' songwriters Tim Rice and Elton John aren't strangers to success. But Disney is different--plenty of fingers in the soup. So writing the movie's music was about patience too. Los Angeles Times. June 12, 1994.
- Mouse Under Glass pgs. 228-229.
- The Lion King Laserdisc, Disc 2, Side 1. 1995. Walt Disney Home Entertainment.