|Song by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová from the album Once|
|Released||April 21, 2006 (The Swell Season)
September 22, 2006 (The Cost)
May 22, 2007 (Once soundtrack)
February 2008 (radio single)
|Length||4:50 (Album Version)
4:04 (Soundtrack Version)
4:35 (The Frames Version)
|Writer||Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová|
"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 2006 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. According to the "First Showing," article, After almost getting her acceptance speech skipped and almost not getting to say a word for her acceptance at the 2008 ceremony after their Oscar win, Irglova made a speech about the song in which at the end of the speech she says, “This song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are...” 
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.
|Irish Singles Chart||2|
|Canadian Hot 100||8|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||61|
The song was nominated at the 2008 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". According to the Academy rules, the song was disqualified because there was some dispute over whether or not the song was written originally for the film. The song was up against three others: songs from "Enchanted" and "Raise it Up" from "August Rush" But they were still able to win despite the many disputes surrounding the issue of Academy eligibility.
|"Falling Slowly "|
|Single by Louise Dearman & Shayne Ward|
|Released||17 February 2014|
|Label||Silva Screen Records Ltd.|
|Louise Dearman singles chronology|
"Falling Slowly" has been covered by synthpop group Joy Electric on their 2009 covers album, Favorites at Play. Derek Webb recorded a cover of the song on his democratically selected cover album Democracy, Vol. 2.
After Kris Allen’s performance on American Idol, “Falling Slowly,” the song went from the 33rd most popular and downloaded song on iTunes to the 29th most popular and downloaded song but the appearance was not "American Idol" judge Randy's favorite performance but the audience was clearly moved by Allen's performance. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s performance on screen and on stage amazed so many people that even Bob Dylan wanted them to be his opening act on his World Tour. According to "Entertainment Weekly," "The film and lyrics to the song were popular search terms on Google this morning".
- "Art I Love: Glen Hansard And Marketa Irglova "Falling Slowly: From the Film "Once"2007. The MCG Project. 14 Feb 2013. Web. 3 Nov. 2013 http://themcbproject.com/art-i-love-glen-hansard-and-marketa-irglova-falling-slowly-from-the-film-once-2007/
- Martens, Todd (28 January 2008). "'Once' and the out-of-tune votes". The Envelope-Extended Play. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
- Martens, Todd (30 January 2008). "'Once' song eligible for Oscar". The Envelope-Extended Play. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
- The Carpetbagger (26 January 2008). "Song Getting the "Once" Over". New York Times.
- "Once Actress Marketa Irglova's Wonderful Oscar Acceptance Speech." First Showing. 24 Feb. 2008. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/once-actress-marketa-irglovas-wonderful-oscar-acceptance-speech/
- "Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova - Falling Slowly worldwide chart positions and trajectories". aCharts.us. Retrieved March 15, 2008.
- "Grammy 2008 Winners List". MTV Asia. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
- "Song Getting the “Once” Over." Carpetbagger. The New York Times, 26 Jan. 2008. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. <http://carpetbagger.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/26/song-getting-the-once-over/?_r=0>.
- "'American Idol': Will Kris Allen Help Boost Sales of 'Once'?" EW.com. Entertainment Weekly, 15th Apr. 2009. Web. 06 Nov. 2013. http://popwatch.ew.com/2009/04/15/will-kris-allen/
- Songfacts. Web. Retrieved on 2 Nov. 2013 at http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=10097
- "Falling Slowly" video on YouTube on Fox Searchlight's YouTube channel.
- Fox Searchlight's website for Once includes material relating to the song.
- "Falling Slowly" guitar chords and lyrics from The Frames site.
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
- "Falling Slowly" To listen to a sample of song from Amazon.com.