Song of the Day #3,077: ‘How Far I’ll Go’ – Auli’i Cravalho

moanaEvery Disney heroine has her signature song, from Ariel’s ‘Part of Your World’ to Mulan’s ‘Reflection’ and Elsa’s ‘Let It Go.’

For Moana, it’s ‘How Far I’ll Go,’ a yearning, soaring ode to following your heart. Moana wants to find adventure on the high seas but her father, the island chief, allows nobody beyond the reef. It’s the age-old struggle between security and freedom, whether it’s in the Polynesian islands or Miranda Lambert’s small-town Texas.

I suspect Lin-Manuel Miranda and his collaborators have a few Oscar nominations in their future, and I’m sure ‘How Far I’ll Go’ will be one of them. I’d love to see the young Hawaiian first-time actress Auli’i Cravalho perform it live at the ceremony.

[Verse 1]
I’ve been staring at the edge of the water
Long as I can remember, never really knowing why
I wish I could be the perfect daughter
But I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try

[Refrain 1]
Every turn I take, every trail I track
Every path I make, every road leads back
To the place I know where I cannot go
Where I long to be

[Chorus 1]
See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me
And no one knows, how far it goes
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
One day I’ll know
If I go there’s just no telling how far I’ll go

[Verse 2]
I know everybody on this island seems so happy, on this island
Everything is by design
I know everybody on this island has a role, on this island
So maybe I can roll with mine

[Refrain 2]
I can lead with pride, I can make us strong
I’ll be satisfied if I play along
But the voice inside sings a different song
“What is wrong with me?”

[Chorus 2]
See the light as it shines on the sea? It’s blinding
But no one knows, how deep it goes
And it seems like it’s calling out to me, so come find me
And let me know
What’s beyond that line, will I cross that line?

[Bridge]
See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me
And no one knows, how far it goes
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
One day I’ll know
How far I’ll go

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6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,077: ‘How Far I’ll Go’ – Auli’i Cravalho

  1. Dana says:

    My money is on “We Know the Way” for the nomination, which also puts Lin on stage performing. “How Far I’ll Go” is a worthy contender as well.

  2. Amy says:

    This was the first song that had me in tears. Just gorgeous and her performance of it couldn’t be more perfect.

  3. Bruce Bax says:

    I’ve just come upon your blog and seen you’re pretty far ahead in this Song of the Day thing. I thought I was doing pretty well at over 1,000. Here it is: http://itstartswithabirthstone.blogspot.co.uk/ Highly unlikely to ever catch you up but hopefully we’ll both keep going for a while!

  4. Peg says:

    Lovely song

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