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"Once Upon a Dream" is a song written by Jack Lawrence and Sammy Fain in 1959 and was covered by Lana Del Rey for the dark fantasy film Maleficent (2014). The song was released on January 26, 2014.

Background[]

The song is based on the Tchaikovsky ballet of the same name, specifically the piece "Grande valse villageoise".

The track was made available as a free digital download during its first week of availability by the Google Play Store.[1]

Angelina Jolie, who plays the film's lead role, picked Del Rey herself to perform the song.[2]

The trailer mix of the song was leaked in April 23, 2019. There is no pitch correction in this version's vocals.

Critical reception[]

Forbes called the cover "moody and low-key"[3] while Stereogum described it as "swoony" and "spaced-out".[4] Hypable said the cover was "much darker" than the original and pointed out the "slight radio effect" over Del Rey's and called her performance of the song "haunting":[5] Spin said of the song snippet from the trailer "Smoky vocals, a bewitching come-hither delivery, and delicate piano turn the 1959 fairytale song into a haunting lullaby."[6] Complex remarked that Del Rey's cover had a "somber and sinister" feel in comparison to the original.[7]

Music video[]

Music video Information
Lana_Del_Rey_-_Once_Upon_a_Dream_(From_“Maleficent”_Young_Ruffian_Remix) Released November 4, 2014
Length 3:47
Director Walt Disney Studios
Producer
Filmed
Location Various
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 did not feature Del Rey herself, it only features clips from the film Maleficent and was used to promote the film.[8]

Official versions[]

  • Single version — 3:23
  • Instrumental version — 3:28
  • Movie trailer mix — 1:34

Official remixes[]

  • Young Ruffian Remix — 3:44

Lyrics[]

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

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

Promotional release[]

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

Charts[]

Chart (2014) Peak
 

position

Australia (ARIA)[9] 96
France (SNEP)[10] 122
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 71
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 60
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[13] 5

References[]

  1. "Lana Del Rey’s ‘Maleficent’ Track to Debut During Grammys Read more: Lana Del Rey's 'Maleficent' Track to Debut During Grammys - Disney News by Stitch Kingdom StitchKingdom.com - The #1 unofficial source for news on Disney". Stitchkingdom.com. January 23, 2014. http://www.stitchkingdom.com/disney-lana-del-rey-maleficent-68709/. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  2. 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 January 27, 2014.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. McGovern, Kyle. "Hear Lana Del Rey's Creepy 'Once Upon a Dream' Cover in 'Maleficent' Trailer". Spin (magazine). http://www.spin.com/articles/lana-del-rey-once-upon-a-dream-maleficent-trailer/. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  7. X, Dharmic (January 26, 2014). "Listen to Lana Del Rey's Cover of "Once Upon A Dream" as The "Maleficent" Theme Song". Complex (magazine). http://www.complex.com/music/2014/01/lana-del-rey-once-upon-a-dream-maleficent-theme-song. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dt8KR0xU1s
  9. http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20140620-1509/ARIA1265.pdf
  10. http://www.lescharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Once+Upon+A+Dream&cat=s
  11. http://www.chart-track.co.uk/index.jsp?c=p%2Fmusicvideo%2Fmusic%2Farchive%2Findex_test.jsp&ct=240001&arch=t&lyr=2014&year=2014&week=24
  12. http://web.archive.org/web/20140603180449/http://www.officialcharts.com/singles-chart/
  13. http://www.billboard.com/artist/306420/Lana+Del+Rey/chart?f=344
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