Arcade Fire takes on the heart-rending Disney lullaby “Baby Mine,” transforming it into an instant indie classic.
via Rolling Stone:
Peppering it with an array of orchestral flourishes, Arcade Fire find a new kind of tenderness in a song that’s been recorded by everyone from Betty Noyes (who did the 1941 original) to Brian Wilson, Bette Middler and Rosemary Clooney. Adding an extra layer of poignancy, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler explained in a statement how recording the song became a family affair.
“My mom plays the harp on the track, my brother [Will Butler] the theremin, my wife [Régine Chassagne] sings and plays drums, and our son even plays the triangle, as well as the rest of our ‘family’ in Arcade Fire,” Butler said. “I will forever relate to the song thinking about the people I hold so dear that are ‘so precious to me.’ Listen for the cameo of my grandpa Alvino’s famous Sonovox at the end.”
The film’s score was composed by Danny Elfman. Burton’s Dumbo will star Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Eva Green.
Watch below (and have your handkerchiefs ready).
Compare and contrast with the 1941 original version…
Baby mine, don’t you cry.
Baby mine, dry your eyes.
Rest your head close to my heart,
Never to part, baby of mine.
Little one, when you play,
Pay no heed what they say.
Let your eyes sparkle and shine,
Never a tear, baby of mine.
If they knew all about you,
They’d end up loving you, too.
All those same people who scold you,
What they’d give just for the right to hold you.
From your hair down to your toes,
You’re not much, goodness knows.
But, you’re so precious to me,
Sweet as can be, baby of mine.