Song of the Day #3,526: ‘You’ll Be in My Heart’ – Phil Collins

I can’t do a week on Academy Award winning songs without giving a nod to Disney animation. Songs from animated Disney films have won a whopping 13% of all Best Original Song Oscars.

The trend started way back the 40s with Pinocchio‘s ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ (1940) and ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’ from 1947’s racially problematic Song of the South. Disney had a 40-year drought after that, until 1989’s The Little Mermaid brought the studio back with a vengeance. Including that one for ‘Under the Sea,’ Disney animated films would go on to win seven of the next 10 Best Original Song Oscars.

AFter veering away from musicals through most of the 2000s and suffering at the Oscars as a result, Disney returned to the winner’s circle this decade with ‘We Belong Together’ from 2010’s Toy Story 3 and the unstoppable ‘Let It Go‘ from 2013’s Frozen. Will Coco’s ‘Remember Me’ give the studio another win next week?

I have featured several of these songs before, including my favorite — ‘A Whole New World’ from 1992’s Aladdin — but I’ve never given the spotlight to Tarzan, a film I enjoyed but didn’t love.

Turns out I’m in the minority. This film, and Phil Collins’ soundtrack, is a huge favorite of the last few generations. Collins has become cool again, both as a staple in modern hip-hop sampling and as the composer of this beloved soundtrack. Who am I to argue?

And as parent-child love songs go, it’s hard to beat this one.

Come, stop your crying, it will be all right
Just take my hand, hold it tight
I will protect you from all around you
I will be here, don’t you cry

For one so small, you seem so strong
My arms will hold you, keep you safe and warm
This bond between us can’t be broken
I will be here, don’t you cry

Cause you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on, now and forever more
You’ll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You’ll be here in my heart, always

Why can’t they understand the way we feel?
They just don’t trust what they can’t explain
I know we’re different but deep inside us
We’re not that different at all

And you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on, now and forever more

Don’t listen to them, cause what do they know?
We need each other, to have, to hold
They’ll see in time, I know

When destiny calls you, you must be strong
I may not be with you, but you’ve got to hold on
They’ll see in time, I know
We’ll show them together

Cause you’ll be in my heart
Believe me, you’ll be in my heart
I’ll be there from this day on
Now and forever more

Ooh, you’ll be in my heart (You’ll be here in my heart)
No matter what they say (I’ll be with you)
You’ll be in my heart (I’ll be there)
Always
Always…

I’ll be with you
I’ll be there for you always
Always and always

Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder
I’ll be there, always

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,526: ‘You’ll Be in My Heart’ – Phil Collins

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Collins did a great job with the songs in Tarzan, including this one. I don’t think, however, that Disney is likely to add to its trophy case this year with Coco, but you never know.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Such a sweet song love the lyrics ❤️

  3. Maddie says:

    I think you’re overdue for a Tarzan rewatch. Always been one of my very favorite Disney movies, right next to Mulan and Lion King. I won’t be sad if Coco takes it for Disney again, though I’m pulling for Greatest Showman. Either way, Gael Garcia Bernal is taking the stage and I’ll be a happy lady.

  4. Amy says:

    Disney’s use of music has always been one of my favorite aspects of their films, and Tarzan is no exception. Love this film and this soundtrack. Great stuff!

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