Falling Slowly

Well, another Friday is here.  Today we are featuring a very beautiful ballad called Falling Slowly performed by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.  The song is featured on the 2007 movie Once.

Some songs just have that certain something that makes them very unique.  Because of this, you just know that the song will be around for a long time to come.  So it is with this song.  What I think really gives this song it’s “it” is the beautiful falsetto part in the chorus by Glen Hansard.  He hits it in just a certain way that makes your hairs stand on end.  It is amazing!

Here is a live version that is just breathtaking.

Here is the video of the song performed by the Frames.  The Frames are Glen Hansard’s band.

Great live performance between Glen Hansard and Eddie Vedder.  Amazing!

Great live performance between Glen and Marketa out in the snow at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Falling Slowly” is a song written and performed by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, as well as by Hansard’s band, The Frames.  It appeared in their 2007 film Once, from which it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards.

The song was written while Once was in production.  John Carney developed the script around songs provided by Hansard and Irglová. In the movie, the duo play the song in Walton’s music shop in Dublin, with Hansard on guitar and Irglová on piano.  The couple performed it at gigs in various European venues over the next two years. Versions appeared in 2006 on two albums: The Cost by Hansard’s band The Frames, and The Swell Season, an album by Hansard and Irglová.

The song was nominated at the 50th Grammy Awards for Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media; it lost to “Love You I Do” from Dreamgirls.

The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song on 24 February 2008, ahead of the choral gospel song “Raise It Up” from August Rush and three songs from the modern Disney musical Enchanted. The song’s win marked the fourth year in a row that the Oscar winner had not been nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.  For some time, the song’s eligibility for an Oscar was in dispute, because it had been performed and recorded prior to the release of Once. The Academy ruled that because the song had been composed for the movie, and the prior public exposure during the long period that the movie took to produce had been minimal, it remained eligible.  The Academy had ruled likewise on a similar controversy involving 2004 Best Original Song nominee “In the Deep“.

The song charted at #16 in the Irish Singles Chart when it was first released by The Frames.  The Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová version charted at #28 in December 2007, before peaking at #2 in March 2008, following the song’s Oscar win.

“Falling Slowly” has been covered by synthpop group Joy Electric on their 2009 covers album, Favorites at Play.  It has also been covered by Emma’s ImaginationDerek Webb recorded a cover of the song on his democratically-selected cover album Democracy, Vol. 2.

Crystal Bowersox & Lee Dewyze also covered this song on American Idol in 2010.  The song was sung in the battle rounds of The Voice of Germany in 2011 by Michael Schulte and Laura & Vicky Maas.

“Falling Slowly” has also been covered by the operatic pop group Il Divo in their album Wicked Game (Il Divo album) as a Spanish rendition, as “Falling Slowly (Te Prometo)”.

“Falling Slowly” was covered by Damian McGinty on Celtic Thunder‘s Voyage album in 2012.

Falling Slowly

by Glen Hansard

I don’t know you
But I want you
All the more for that
Words fall through me
And always fool me
And I can’t react
And games that never amount
To more than they’re meant
Will play themselves out

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
You’ll make it now

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can’t go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I’m painted black
You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It’s time that you won

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice

You’ve made it now
Falling slowly sing your melody
I’ll sing it loud

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