How Far I’ll Go (Song)

Last Updated on: February 20th, 2023

How Far I'll Go disney song music“How Far I’ll Go” is a song from the Disney animated movie “Moana“. The song is sung by the movie’s protagonist, Moana, and was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is known for his work on the hit Broadway musicals “Hamilton” and “In the Heights”.

In the song, Moana expresses her longing to leave her home on the island of Motunui and explore the open ocean. She feels a deep connection to the sea and wants to follow it to see where it takes her, despite her father’s wishes for her to stay on the island and become its next chief.

The lyrics of “How Far I’ll Go” are as follows:

“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”

The song is a powerful and emotional expression of the desire to follow one’s dreams and find one’s place in the world, even if it means going against the expectations and traditions of one’s community. The song was performed by Auli’i Cravalho, who provided the voice of Moana in the movie, and was released as a single in 2016. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2017.

Listen to How Far I’ll Go (Song)

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  • Song Written By: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Song Performed By: Auli’i Cravalho
  • Year Released: 2016

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