My favorite song from my favorite movie

I’m talked before about how much the movie Tangled means to me. I think it’s actually my favorite movie ever. The song in the video below is the most moving for me of all the songs, largely because I’ve felt essentially everything expressed in it.

For me, this song symbolizes the moment I realized that everything I’d been taught growing up was upside down from reality. Suddenly, the world looked completely different.


All those days watching from the windows
All those years outside looking in
All that time never even knowing
Just how blind I’ve been
Now I’m here, blinking in starlight
Now I’m here, suddenly I see
Standing here, it’s all so clear
I’m where I’m meant to be

And at last I see the light
And it’s like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it’s like the sky is new
And it’s warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted

All at once everything looks different
Now that I see you

All those days chasing down a daydream
All those years living in a blur
All that time never truly seeing
Things, the way they were
Now she’s here shining in the starlight
Now she’s here, suddenly I know

If she’s here it’s crystal clear
I’m where I’m meant to go

Rapunzel & Eugene (Flynn):
And at last I see the light

Eugene (Flynn):
And it’s like the fog is lifted

Rapunzel & Eugene (Flynn):
And at last I see the light

And it’s like the sky is new

Rapunzel & Eugene (Flynn):
And it’s warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted

All at once, everything is different
Now that I see you, now that I see you,
now that I see you!!

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Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • leni

    I’m partial to Buffy’s “Going Through the Motions”, but this was really sweet :)

    Especially considering your take on it.

  • Latebloomer

    I love this too!! I just watched the movie for the first time a few months ago, and this song was on repeat for about an hour after that :D. It really captures the sweetness and wonder of opening up to the world and finding love, especially after a lifetime of homeschooled isolation like we experienced.

  • Andrew

    I love that movie. Movies where kids realise that people talk shit and lie to them are always helpful.

  • rikitiki

    One of my faves. I discovered this movie at our library, thought what-the-hell and loved it. So much that I’ve re-watched it a LOT.

  • Ace of Sevens

    I loved this movie. It was a very successful attempt to rebuild the Disney Princess into something relevant and acceptable to modern audiences. I can see how it would really hit home in your situation.

  • ArachneS

    I love this movie too, as does my almost 5 yr old.

    Leni- Buffy’s ‘Once More with Feeling’ was the first BTVS I ever saw and I loved that whole episode. The “Going Through the Motions” song was my favorite.

  • inkhat

    I grew up in a very oppressive, conservative household. I love this movie too. I bet it’s for the same reasons!

  • bitwise

    I love the song, too. On one hand, like most Disney songs, it’s relationship-centered which isn’t always applicable, but on the other hand, it’s a lot more than just a love song.
    (Although, whenever I listen to it, part of my brain cringes at the cliches like ‘crystal clear’, but whatever. I can deal with a cliched lyric or two.)

  • Leni

    I know this post is very old, and it’s very late.

    I watched this again for other reasons, but I can’t see it now without thinking of you :)

  • Leni