Baby Mine (song)

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"Baby Mine"
Song by Betty Noyes
Released1941 (1941)
GenreLullaby, ballad[1]
Composer(s)Frank Churchill
Lyricist(s)Ned Washington

"Baby Mine" is a song from the 1941 Disney animated feature Dumbo. The music is by Frank Churchill, with lyrics by Ned Washington. Betty Noyes recorded the vocals for the original film version. In the film, Dumbo's mother, Mrs. Jumbo, an elephant locked in a circus wagon, cradles her baby Dumbo with her trunk while this lullaby is sung. It is also the last appearance of the circus animals.

The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942.[2] It is also listed on AFI's "100 Years... 100 Songs" as one of America's greatest film songs.[3]


Early popular recordings include those by Les Brown, Glenn Miller, and Jane Froman, followed by several others; and decades later, the song regained attention.[1] Bette Midler covered the song on the 1988 Beaches soundtrack. In the same year, Bonnie Raitt and Was (Not Was) recorded the song for the album, Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films.

Alison Krauss recorded the song for the 1996 album The Best of Country Sing the Best of Disney. Her version peaked at number 82 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.[4] Krauss' cover earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1997.

Soap actress Kassie DePaiva recorded the song with Jim Brickman for The Disney Songbook.

An instrumental version by violinist Jenny Oaks Baker was included in the Grammy-nominated[a] album Wish Upon a Star, released in 2011.

Brian Wilson recorded his own arrangement of "Baby Mine" on his In the Key of Disney Disney cover album in 2011.[6]

There have been numerous Disney compilation releases of the original, as well as an Original Cast recording from the musical, Disney's On the Record: A New Musical Review[7]

The song is used recurrently in the AMC television drama Halt and Catch Fire as a lullaby that Donna Clark (Kerry Bishé) sings to her daughters.[8]

Sharon Rooney and Arcade Fire covered the song for the 2018-2019 live-action remake of Dumbo,[9] while Norwegian singer Aurora performed the song for the trailer.[10]

The song also features in the 2019 Netflix sci-fi drama I Am Mother, sung by Clara Rugaard and later by Nina Ferro.[11]



  1. ^ Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album 54th Grammy Awards (Nominated; 2012)[5]


  1. ^ a b Robinson, Thomas S. Hischak, Mark A. (2009). The Disney Song Encyclopedia. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. p. 10. ISBN 978-0810869387.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "The 14th Academy Awards (1942) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
  3. ^ "100 Years... 100 Songs" (PDF). American Film Institute. 2005. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  4. ^ "RPM Country Tracks". RPM. November 18, 1996. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "Final Nominations List: 54th Grammy Awards" (PDF). National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Brian Wilson - in the Key of Disney Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic". AllMusic.
  7. ^ "Disney's On the Record [Original Cast Recording]". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  8. ^ VanDerWerff, Emily (October 8, 2017). "Halt and Catch Fire is one of TV's quietest shows. And one of its most audacious". Vox. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  9. ^ "Dumbo Press Kit" (PDF). March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  10. ^ Roberts, Maddy Shaw (February 7, 2019). "Dumbo movie 2019: cast, trailer, release date and soundtrack revealed". Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "I Am Mother (2019) Soundtrack List". SoundtrackPort. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2020.