Arcade Fire gave the 1941’s ballad “Baby Mine” a melancholy, rock rendition for the Tim Burton-directed Dumbo (due out in cinemas on March 29).
The Canadian-based band released the full version of the track on Monday (March 11), following their tease a week prior. Although it could be considered a sweet melody, it is actually a heartachingly sad song, as in the original animated movie, Dumbo’s mother sings it to him after they’ve been separated. Arcade Fire, however, gives it a fresh, uplifting sound.
“Baby mine, don’t you cry/ Baby mine, dry your eyes/ Rest your head close to my heart/ Never to part, baby of mine,” the slow-tempo song opens with a touch of harp.
In a previous press release, frontman Win Butler said they recorded the song as a family. “My mom plays the harp on the track, my brother [William Butler] 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,” Butler stated.
He added that he “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.”
Listen to Arcade Fire’s “Baby Mine” rendition and see a clip of Disney’s upcoming film below.