Come What May (2001 song)
|"Come What May"|
|Single by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor|
|from the album Moulin Rouge!|
|Released||24 September 2001|
|Writer(s)||David Baerwald & Kevin Gilbert|
"Come What May" is a phrase that originates from Shakespeare's Macbeth and means: let whatever events crop up come to pass. It is the romantic love theme from Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film Moulin Rouge! It is sung by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in their respective roles as Christian and Satine.
Composition and theme
It was composed by David Baerwald and Kevin Gilbert for the film Romeo + Juliet, but was not used. It was then repurposed for Moulin Rouge! The soundtrack lists Baerwald as the sole composer, but in a 2003 lawsuit settlement with Gilbert's estate, Baerwald acknowledged that he co-authored the song with Gilbert.
The heartfelt and pure romantic love song on the soundtrack album and the film differ slightly. The lyrics "Every day I love you more and more" and "Listen to my heart, can you hear it sing / Telling me to give you everything" can be heard on the soundtrack version. In the movie, they are replaced by a musical interlude the first time, and, the second time, Satine sings instead of the latter part: "come back to me and forgive everything." The single version can be found on the original soundtrack, while the original film version can be found on the follow-up soundtrack.
When the forbidden strong and close romantic relationship between Christian and Satine has been discovered, Christian pens this romance song and includes it in the musical he is currently writing. Each time either of them sings this song, they can secretly declare their equally deep and true romantic love for each other. This plays an important role later in the film, as lies and jealousy make it difficult for the truth to stand out.
Release and other versions
It was released as a single in Australia where it became the 8th highest selling single by an Australian artist of 2001. It was also released in the UK, where it charted at #27, and in Germany.
Musical theatre performers Alfie Boe and Kerry Ellis duet on a version of this song on Boe's album Bring Him Home. Ellis also performed the song with John Barrowman and Jonathan Ansell on two occasions at BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night. The song was recorded as a duet on Lesley Garrett's album When I Fall In Love, with Michael Ball. Peter Jöback and Helen Sjöholm performed the song for the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel at a celebratory concert the night before their 2010 wedding. Jackie Evancho included the song on her 2012 album Songs from the Silver Screen. Katherine Jenkins and Plácido Domingo also recorded the song for Jenkins' 2011 album This is Christmas. Singers and actors Chris Colfer and Darren Criss covered this song in the 15th episode of the 4th season of Glee. Nick D'Virgilio, a friend and collaborator of co-writer Kevin Gilbert, recorded a version of the song on his 2001 album, Karma.
"Come What May" was nominated for a 2002 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture, where it lost to Sting's "Until" from Kate and Leopold. However, it was ineligible for a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Song because it was originally written with another film in mind: Luhrmann's previous project William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. The song was ranked on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs at number 85.
UK CD Single
- "Come What May (Josh G. Abrahams Radio Remix)" - 4:01
- "Come What May (David Foster Album Version)" - 4:48
- "Come What May (Josh G. Abrahams Extended Mix)" - 4:41
- "Come What May (Film Version)" - 4:38
- "Elephant Love Medley (Karaoke Version)" - 4:13
- ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top Australian Singles 2001
- everyHit.com UK Top 40 Hit Database
- Alex's Oscar Column #09 for the 74th Annual Academy Awards