Song of the Day #277: ‘If I Fell’ – Evan Rachel Wood

evanrachelAcross the Universe is simultaneously one of the most unjustly maligned and disproportionally worshiped movies in recent history. It was largely panned by critics who found it corny, earnest and shallow… and it is the favorite film of hordes of mostly teenage fans who find it the pinnacle of romance.

I find both positions extreme, but if I had to throw my lot in with one of them it would be the romantics. Yes, Across the Universe is corny, earnest and shallow, but it has a vision and a spirit lacking in most studio offerings. And it has the music of The Beatles — two hours of some of the best songs ever written sung by pretty people with pretty voices. What’s not to like?

One of my favorite scenes in the film is, not coincidentally, a performance of one of my favorite Beatles songs. Evan Rachel Wood sings ‘If I Fell’ as her character slowly allows herself to enter a romance with a dashing British stranger played by Jim Sturgess. Wood’s voice is achingly sweet, her face achingly beautiful. It’s easy to see why a whole new generation has discovered the Fab Four through this film.

If I fell in love with you
Would you promise to be true
And help me understand
‘Cause I’ve been in love before
And I found that love was more
Than just holding hands

If I give my heart to you
I must be sure
From the very start
That you would love me more than her

If I trust in you, oh please
Don’t run and hide
If I love you too, oh please
Don’t hurt my pride like her
‘Cause I couldn’t stand the pain
And I would be sad if our new love was in vain

So I hope you see that I
Would love to love you
And that she will cry
When she learns we are two
‘Cause I couldn’t stand the pain
And I would be sad if our new love was in vain

So I hope you see that I
Would love to love you
And that she will cry when she learns we are two
If I fell in love with you

One thought on “Song of the Day #277: ‘If I Fell’ – Evan Rachel Wood

  1. Dana says:

    We actually own this movie, yet I have not seen it. I really want to though, as, despite critical yawns, I have heard positive feedback from virtually everyone I know who has watched the movie.

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