♫ You’ll Be In My Heart ♫

Last time I played a Phil Collins song, dear friend Ellen, who is always so encouraging, so supportive, mentioned that her favourite Phil Collins piece was You’ll Be In My Heart, and she told me the most touching story about her association with this song …

“For over 13 years I took care of a special needs child from the first month of her precious life. She actually lived with me for 6 of those years. She was nonverbal, but loved music and cartoons. My son was probably her favorite person in the world, as she was his too. We took her to see Tarzan and she was enchanted by the music. I would hold her and rock her to sleep singing this song…it was her song. Whenever she heard it, she would smile. She was my heart and I miss her still.”

As I also love this song, and was brought to tears by Ellen’s story … this one’s for you tonight, Ellen!  Actually, since I loved both the Tarzan version and the official version, I offer them both … take your pick!

A brief bit of background …

Collins wrote this for the Disney movie Tarzan, and it earned him an Oscar for Best Original Song. It was Collins’ first win in the category.  According to Lily Collins, who was born in 1989, her dad wrote this song for her.

“It was written as a lullaby to me when I was younger. We grew up watching Disney shows and movies together so that was his way of kind of being able to do it for his kids. It was so special.”

Collins’ association with Disney perplexed some of his fans, but he grew up watching Disney films and was thrilled to take on the project. “With or without the glory, I would have taken the experience,” he told Rolling Stone.

You’ll Be in My Heart
Phil Collins

Come stop your crying
It will be alright
Just take my hand
And 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 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

You’ll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You’ll be here in my heart
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

Songwriters: Phillip David Charles Collins
You’ll Be in My Heart lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company

24 thoughts on “♫ You’ll Be In My Heart ♫

  1. As soon as I saw [New post] “You’ll Be In My Heart”, tears began to fill my eyes. When I opened the post and began to read your words, the tears began flowing down my cheeks. By the time I was playing the song, I was sobbing, unashamedly sobbing…though there is no one here to notice, just as well, I do not sob beautifully. You can not possibly understand how every line of this song seems written just for she and I. There will always and forver be a space in my heart that only she could fill. Jill : “I can no other answer make, but, thanks and thanks; and ever thanks.” – Shakespeare.

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    • Dearest Ellen … I’m sorry it made you cry, but am so glad that it brought back good memories that, I think, are never very far away. It was my pleasure to play this one, partly because I like the song, and mainly because it made you happy and you are a cherished friend. Perhaps someday in an email you might tell me the rest of the story? Hugs, my friend 🤗

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