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


Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Timon and Pumbaa)
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Attribution information
Composer

Elton John

Lyricist

Tim Rice

Performers

Nathan Lane
Ernie Sabella

Release information
Length

3:10

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.[1][2] 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,[3] 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.[2]

Lyrics

Timon:
If I said I love you

Pumbaa:
Huh?

Timon:
Had you on my brain

Pumbaa:
Hey!

Timon:
It would mean a romantic atmosphere
Had rendered me insane!

Pumbaa:
Yap.

Timon:
It's only an example
It don't apply to us

Pumbaa:
Phew!
But over there
It's a different story

Timon:
And one we must discuss!

Both:
Oh, can you feel the love tonight?
Oh, the signs are there

Pumbaa:
A starry sky and tons of tenderness

Timon:
Disaster in the air!
And if he falls in love tonight

Pumbaa:
Oh, no!

Timon:
It can be assumed

Pumbaa:
What?

Timon:
His carefree days
With us are history In short

Both:
Our pal is doomed!

Media


References

  1. 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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mouse Under Glass pgs. 228-229.
  3. The Lion King Laserdisc, Disc 2, Side 1. 1995. Walt Disney Home Entertainment.
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