Arcade Fire have recorded a cover of Baby Mine for Tim Burton’s forthcoming live-action take on Dumbo – and you can listen to it here.
The new track sees the Canadian collective taking on the song from the original 1941 Disney film, which will appear as the credits play out when Dumbo hits UK cinemas later this month.
Directed by Burton with score composed by Danny Elfman, Dumbo opens in UK cinemas on March 29. The digital version of the Dumbo Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available from Walt Disney Records/UMC on March 29, with a CD due for release on April 5.
The scene featuring the poignant lullaby Baby Mine was perhaps the most memorable moment in Disney’s classic film Dumbo, which opened on October 23 1941. Serenading a touching moment between mother and son, the song featured music by composer Frank Churchill and lyrics by Ned Washington. Baby Mine went on to be nominated for an Oscar for best original song.
Arcade Fire’s Win Butler has a very personal connection with the animated film.
“There is a scene with a locomotive in the original Dumbo that uses an instrument called the Sonovox that my grandpa Alvino Rey made famous in the 1930s,” he says.
“Every time I saw the film I thought it was him. When we were asked to do the end credit version of Baby Mine, I immediately got all of my grandfather’s old guitars and wanted to play them in the song.
“My mom plays the harp on the track, my brother 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.
“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.”
Arcade Fire’s Régine Chassagne says the song and the movie are just as relevant today as they were nearly eight decades ago.
“It’s a story we need to tell again,” she says. “A lot has changed since 1941, and we are still on that quest to allow for all people to accept and celebrate who they are on this planet.”
Check out Arcade Fire’s cover of Baby Mine below.