This was the theme song to Pocahontas
, the hugely popular animated Disney film about the Native American princess who saved the life of American explorer John Smith, ultimately contributing to the founding of the United States.
The song finds Pocahontas chastising Smith for his arrogance and ignorance, telling him that he doesn't understand the wonders of nature. The line "Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?" is where she makes the point that even though he stakes his claim to the Earth, he doesn't know how to nurture it.
The song makes reference to the Circle of Life
in the lines, "We are all connected to each other in a circle, in a hoop that never ends." The previous year, this was the theme of the Disney movie The Lion King