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"Once Upon a Dream" is a song written by Jack Lawrence and Sammy Fain in 1959 for the animated Disney film Sleeping Beauty. Lana Del Rey released a cover of the song for a reimagined version of the film, 2014's Maleficent. The song was first released on January 26, 2014.

Background[]

A trailer for the film and Del Rey's cover were teased in a primetime commercial slot during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.[1] The track was made available as a free digital download during its first week of release in the Google Play Store. The single version of the song is sometimes also referred to as the "pop version".

Angelina Jolie, who plays the film's titular character, allegedly picked Del Rey herself to perform the song. The Daily Mail would cite unknown sources, writing "Angelina has been incredibly active in all aspects of the movie...so it's no surprise that she helped choose who would sing the song." Jolie and the producers of the film reportedly noted that Del Rey was "perfect to breathe new life into an old classic".[1]

The trailer mix of the song leaked on April 23, 2019. The vocals featured in this version feature no pitch correction.

Critical reception[]

Forbes called the cover "moody and low-key"[2] while Stereogum described it as "swoony" and "spaced-out".[3] Hypable noted that the cover was "much darker" than the original and pointed out the "slight radio effect" over Del Rey's, calling her performance of the song "haunting".[4] Spin said of the snippet from the trailer: "Smoky vocals, a bewitching come-hither delivery, and delicate piano turn the 1959 fairytale song into a haunting lullaby."[5] Complex remarked that Del Rey's cover had a "somber and sinister" feel in comparison to the original.[6]

Music video[]

Music video Information
Lana_Del_Rey_-_Once_Upon_a_Dream_(From_“Maleficent”_Young_Ruffian_Remix) Released November 4, 2014
Length 3:47
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Vevo views 3+ million views

Background and description[]

An official music video for the Young Ruffian Remix version of the song was published onto Disney Music's Vevo channel on November 4, 2014. The video does not feature Del Rey herself, but instead features clips from Maleficent.

Official versions[]

  • Single/pop version — 3:23
    • Instrumental version — 3:28
  • Trailer mix — 1:33

Official remix[]

  • Young Ruffian Remix — 3:44

Lyrics[]

Single/pop version[]

I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream
I know you, that look in your eyes is so familiar, a gleam
And I know it's true that visions are seldom all they seem
But if I know you, I know what you'll do
You'll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream

Ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah-mm
Ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah-mhm
But if I know you, I know what you'll do
You'll love me at once
The way you did once upon a dream

I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream
I know you, that gleam in your eyes is so familiar, a gleam
And I know it's true that visions are seldom all they seem
But if I know you, I know what you'll do
You'll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream

Trailer mix[]

I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream
I know you, that gleam in your eyes is so familiar, a gleam
And I know it's true that visions are seldom all they seem
But if I know you, I know what you'll do
You'll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream

Upon a dream

Media[]

Commercial release[]

Once Upon a Dream (from "Maleficent") - Single
OUAD cover Label: Walt Disney Records
Format: Digital download
Released: January 26, 2014
Barcode: None
Photography: Unknown
Design: Unknown
# Name Time
1. "Once Upon a Dream" (from "Maleficent") 3:32
Once Upon a Dream (from "Maleficent"/Young Ruffian Remix)- Single
OUAD - Young Ruffian Remix Label: Walt Disney Records
Format: Digital download
Released: 2014
Barcode: None
Photography: Unknown
Design: Unknown
# Name Time
1. "Once Upon a Dream" (from "Maleficent"/Young Ruffian Remix) 3:44

Promotional release[]

Once Upon a Dream CDr by Walt Disney Records and Universal Music[]

Once Upon a Dream CDr by Universal Music; Europe[]

Credits[]

Personnel

  • Jack Lawrence — songwriting
  • Sammy Fain — songwriting
  • Dan Heath — production
  • Lana Del Rey — vocals
  • James Newton Howard - production [executive producer]

Charts and certifications[]

Weekly charts[]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 96
France (SNEP)[8] 122
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 71
UK Singles (OCC)[10] 60
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[11] 5

Certifications[]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[12] Gold 35,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 200,000
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Charalambous, Sophia (January 27, 2014). "Lana Del Rey's rendition of Once Upon A Dream for Maleficent premieres at Grammys in 90-second sneak peek trailer". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2546565/Lana-Del-Reys-rendition-Once-Upon-A-Dream-Maleficent-premieres-Grammys-90-second-sneak-peek-trailer.html. Retrieved May 9, 2024.
  2. Mendelson, Scott (January 26, 2014). "Lana Del Rey Covers 'Once Upon A Dream' For Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent'". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2014/01/26/lana-del-ray-covers-once-upon-a-dream-in-new-trailer-for-angelina-jolies-malificent/. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  3. Nelson, Michael (January 26, 2014). "Lana Del Rey – "Once Upon A Dream"". Stereogum. http://www.stereogum.com/1643601/lana-del-rey-once-upon-a-dream/mp3s/. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  4. Sims, Andrew (January 26, 2014). "Lana Del Rey’s ‘Once Upon A Dream’ released – listen!". Hypable.com. http://www.hypable.com/2014/01/26/lana-del-rey-maleficent-once-upon-a-dream/. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  5. McGovern, Kyle (January 27, 2014). "Hear Lana Del Rey's Creepy 'Once Upon a Dream' Cover in 'Maleficent' Trailer". Spin. http://www.spin.com/articles/lana-del-rey-once-upon-a-dream-maleficent-trailer/. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  6. X, Dharmic (January 26, 2014). "Listen to Lana Del Rey's Cover of "Once Upon A Dream" as The "Maleficent" Theme Song". Complex. http://www.complex.com/music/2014/01/lana-del-rey-once-upon-a-dream-maleficent-theme-song. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  7. "Lana Del Rey – Once Upon a Dream". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved May 9, 2024.
  8. "Lana Del Rey – Once Upon A Dream" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved February 10, 2024.
  9. "Chart Track: Week 24, 2014". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 10, 2024.
  10. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 9, 2024.
  11. "Lana Del Rey Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2024.
  12. "Singles Accreditations Report - Nov 2023". Australian Recording Industry Association. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k9o2q7p7o4awhqx/AACmNLVzO9Ob5MeNhMvsiMsda?dl=0&preview=Singles+Accreditations+Report+-+Nov+2023.pdf. Retrieved May 9, 2024.
  13. "British certifications – Lana Del Rey – Once Upon a Dream". British Phonographic Industry. https://www.bpi.co.uk/award/20169-3320-1. Retrieved July 14, 2024.
  14. "American certifications – Lana Del Rey – Once Upon a Dream". Recording Industry Association of America. https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&ar=Lana+Del+Rey&ti=Once+Upon+a+Dream&format=&type=#search_section. Retrieved February 10, 2024.
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