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[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

[Pre-Chorus]
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]
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

[Pre-Chorus]
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]
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?
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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About "How Far I’ll Go"

“How Far I’ll Go” is Moana’s character-establishing “I Want” song. In a private moment of doubt, she expresses her internal struggle between her desire to stay on the island to lead as chief, and her dream of leaving the island to explore the open ocean, which has fascinated her for her whole life.

The number was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and performed live at the 2017 Oscars by Auli'i Cravalho, with an original prologue by Lin-Manuel Miranda:

Before she sings her solo, shall I set the scene?
Picture a young warrior, not even seventeen
She dreams of open seas, she’s full of hope and sees
A future where she sets her sail and rope against the open breeze
She doesn’t know that she’s a voyaging descendant
Impatient, independent, heart of nature in that pendant
The ocean’s at her feet: she opens her eyes to find
Her mind is on her island but her eye’s on the horizon line.

The song won the Best Song Written for Visual Media award at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

How Far I’ll Go Track info

Orchestrator Dave Metzger
Mixing Engineer David Boucher
Recording Engineer Larry Mah
Vocal Arranger Dave Metzger
Studio Personnel David Boucher
Recording Arranger Dave Metzger
Music Production Andrew Page
Engineer David Boucher
Editor Earl Ghaffari
Conductor Don Harper
Label Walt Disney Records

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