If You Can Dream

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"If You Can Dream"
Song by Disney Princess
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop
Length 4:01
Label Walt Disney Records
Writer Robbie Buchanan, Jay Landers
Producer Robbie Buchanan, Jay Landers

"If You Can Dream" is the first song that was originally written and recorded specifically for the Disney Princess media franchise. It was written, produced, and arranged by Robbie Buchanan and Jay Landers. It was first released on the album Disney Princess: The Ultimate Song Collection.

The song is sung from the point of view of the first eight official Disney Princesses (though only seven of them actually sing, excluding Snow White, who is just featured in the video). It has been featured on several Disney music CDs, and its music video is present on nearly every Disney Princess DVD, as either an extra or a Sing-Along, and has been shown numerous times on the Disney Channel. To this day[when?] the song still plays on the official Disney Princess website.

The song has been covered by teen country singer Ashley Gearing, and a shorter altered version performed by a different set of singers is featured in the ongoing Disney on Ice show Princess Wishes as the show finale.


Song details[edit]

One of the most notable aspects of the song is that all but three of the princesses' original voice actresses reprise their singing roles. Unsurprisingly, due to the age of the films, Adriana Caselotti, Ilene Woods and Mary Costa do not reprise their roles as Snow White, Cinderella and Princess Aurora. Notably, Lea Salonga, who provided the singing voice of both Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and Mulan in Mulan reprises both roles in this song. The rest of the princesses also retain their original singing voice actresses from the films.

Each princess sings lyrics that reference their own story. For example, one of Snow White's lines is "Someday my prince will come, it's certain as the sunrise," one of Cinderella's lines is "One day the slipper fits, then you see the love in his eyes," one of Belle's lines is "So the story goes, never die the rose...," Pocahontas' primary line being "The colors of the wind will lead my heart right back to you..." Jasmine's line being "There's a whole new world waiting there for us," and Mulan's primary line being "Reflections in a diamond sky come shining on through."

In the Princess Wishes Disney on Ice show, the line "The colors of the wind will lead my heart right back to you" is changed to "The music of the wind will lead my heart right back to you," since Pocahontas is not featured in the show. The show also changes the line "So the story goes/Never die the rose" which is sung by Belle in order to give Aurora a solo line. In the show, it is changed to "Once upon a dream/Wish and it will seem."

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song consist of footage arranged in a montage from the films the featured Princesses are originally from (until 2004); including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Mulan.

The footage is edited by Industrial Light & Magic in an attempt to make the princesses mouth movements lipsync with their respective song vocals.