Spirituality in Disney Songs

Lately I have been listening to a lot of Disney songs, I don’t know what triggered it but I have been unable to listen to anything else recently. There’s something about some of these songs that resonates with me; they’re so deep in meaning and full of insights about life. They are full of wisdom and this is something that I find lacking in music in general, so it is uplifting to listen to these songs.

When I say ‘spirituality in Disney songs’, I don’t mean all Disney songs, there’s a specific few I have particularly noticed have a message of oneness and interconnectedness and/or of the journey that is life: Circle of Life, We Are One and He Lives In You from The Lion King, Two Worlds, Son of Man and Strangers Like Me from Tarzan, Great Spirits, On My Way and Look Through My Eyes from Brother Bear.

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Circle Of Life – The Lion King

The link here is fairly obvious. The song is literally about life itself:

‘It’s the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love

Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life’

If the path of life isn’t a spiritual one then I don’t know what it is.

We Are One – The Lion King

‘As you go through life you’ll see

There is so much that we

Don’t understand’

-There is something bigger than all of us, we are all still learning.

‘We are more than we are

We are one’

– Pretty self explanatory.

‘Can I trust in my own heart

Or am I just one part

Of some big plan’

-This is interesting because it suggests that this ‘big plan’ goes against following your heart, this can be true sometimes but that doesn’t necessarily mean we shouldn’t trust our feelings, or at least that’s what I think from personal experience. Again the ‘big plan’ suggests something bigger than us.

‘Even those who are gone

Are with us as we go on

Your journey has only begun’

-Acknowledges those who have died as still being a part of us, we are all interconnected. ‘The journey’ again being the journey of life, it is a journey of learning and spiritual growth.

‘We are one, you and I

We are like the earth and sky,

One family under the sun

All the wisdom to lead

All the courage that you need

You will find when you see

We are one’

-Another reference to our interconnectedness on this earth. ‘We are like the earth and sky’ connotes that we are one with not only each other but also with nature. The final verse suggests that realising this interconnectedness will give you all that you need in life, I think that realising this interconnectedness certainly makes you a more accepting, loving and understanding person and with this comes other great qualities.

He Lives In You – The Lion King

‘He lives in you

He lives in me

He watched over

Everything we see

Into the water

Into the truth

In your reflection

He lives in you’

-This is clearly a reference to God, or some kind of higher power. It reflects our interconnectedness with one another.

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Two Worlds – Tarzan

‘Put your faith in what you most believe in
Two worlds, one family
Trust your heart
Let fate decide
To guide these lives we see’

-Faith is to believe, and what we believe in is what is most important to us in our lives. Whatever is important to us is going to help us on our spiritual journey. ‘Two worlds, one family’, it is another reference to our interconnectedness, that we are all equal – animals, humans, nature. We share this planet together. ‘Trust your heart’, our intuition, our feelings, they guide us on our spiritual journey. ‘Let fate decide’, ultimately we have control over our lives but that does not mean that fate is obsolete, after all we came here to learn something. ‘To guide these lives we see’, we are always being guided by something we feel, something we cannot fully see.

Son Of Man – Tarzan

‘Oh, the power to be strong
And the wisdom to be wise
All these things will
come to you in time
On this journey that you’re making
There’ll be answers that you’ll seek
And it’s you who’ll climb the mountain
It’s you who’ll reach the peak’

-Life is a journey and on this journey we are constantly learning and growing stronger and wiser. ‘There’ll be answers that you’ll seek’, the questions we ask ourselves lead us on our spiritual journey. We have the power to find those answers.

‘Son of Man, look to the sky
Lift your spirit, set it free’

-Isn’t freedom one of the goals of our spiritual journey? When you find freedom you find peace and when you find peace you find freedom. ‘Look to the sky’ is a reference to looking up to God, or a higher power.

‘Though there’s no one there to guide you
No one to take your hand
But with faith and understanding
You will journey from boy to man’

-Guidance may not come physically, but if you believe in yourself and your intuition you will be successful on your journey.

‘In learning you will teach
And in teaching you will learn
You’ll find your place beside the
ones you love’

-We are always learning from one another on this journey of life. Finding where you belong is part of the spiritual journey.

Strangers Like Me – Tarzan

‘I can see there’s so much to learn
It’s all so close and yet so far’

-The spiritual journey is all about learning.

‘I wanna know, can you show me
I wanna know about these strangers like me
Tell me more, please show me
Something’s familiar about these strangers like me’

-I believe this is another implication of our interconnectedness.

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Great Spirits – Brother Bear

‘In this wilderness of danger and beauty
Lived three brothers, bonded by love
Their hearts full of joy
they ask now for guidance
Reaching out to the skies up above’

-This is clearly a reference to a higher power (God, spirits, angels, etc.), we can always ask for guidance on our journey.

‘Great Spirits of all who lived before
Take our hands and lead us
Fill our hearts and souls
with all you know
Show us that in your eyes
we are all the same
Brothers to each other
In this world we remain truly
brothers all the same’

-References to spirits and our interconnectedness.

‘Give us wisdom to pass to each other
Give us strength so we understand
That the things we do
the choices we make
Give direction to all life’s plans’

-We all learn from one another on this journey. We are in control of our life and where we choose to go on our journey.

‘To look in wonder
at all we’ve been given
In a world that’s not always as it seems
Every corner we turn
only leads to another
A journey ends, but another begins’

-The world is amazing, and we have been given so much to be grateful for on this Earth. The last part of this verse talks about embarking on another phase of our journey as we move onwards with our spiritual advancement.

On My Way – Brother Bear

The whole song is an uplifting and positive view on the journey of life. He wants everyone to know he’s on his way, that his journey is a happy one filled with gratitude for nature and everything the Earth gives us.

‘So, tell everybody I’m on my way
And I just can’t wait to be home
With the sun beatin’ down yes I’m on my way
And nothing but good times to show’

-The last verse is particularly interesting because of the use of the word ‘home’. Home can be interpreted differently by whoever is listening, but I believe it is something inside of us.

Look Through My Eyes – Brother Bear

‘There are things in life you learn
And oh in time you’ll see
It’s out there somewhere

It’s all waiting
If you keep believing
So don’t run
Don’t hide
It will be alright
You’ll see
Trust me
I’ll be there watching over you’

-Again, life is about learning. ‘I’ll be watching over you’ could suggest interconnectedness.

‘Just take a look through my eyes
There’s a better place somewhere out there’

-Suggests interconnectedness, a ‘better place’ I believe is something inside of us.

‘There will be times on this journey
All you’ll see is darkness
But out there somewhere
Daylight finds you
If you keep believing’

-Life can be really hard and sometimes we can get depressed, this is what it means by seeing darkness. The good will come if you believe it will.

Note: I may have missed songs but I chose the ones that stood out to me the most. Also, these are my own interpretations and beliefs and are in no way the only interpretations that can be made from the songs.

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