Cold Mountain (soundtrack)

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Cold Mountain
Soundtrack album by Various
Released December 9, 2003 (2003-12-09)
Studio Abbey Road Studios
Genre Americana, folk
Length 62:59
Label DMZ/Columbia
Producer T Bone Burnett

Cold Mountain is the soundtrack for the Civil War film Cold Mountain (2003) starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renée Zellweger. The album was nominated for two Grammy Awards and was produced by T Bone Burnett. Two songs were nominated for Academy Awards: "You Will Be My Ain True Love", written by Sting, and "The Scarlet Tide", written by Burnett and Elvis Costello. Both songs were sung by Alison Krauss.

The soundtrack consists of Americana, Appalachian, roots music, and old time country music to accompany the era of the movie. Jack White, of the rock band the White Stripes, performs five songs and appears as a troubadour in the movie.[1]


Burnett worked for over a year on the soundtrack.[2] The song "Idumea" is an example of Sacred Harp music, also known as shape note because the notes printed on the sheet music bear shapes, such as squares and triangles, to show changes in pitch.[3]

Musician and scholar Tim Eriksen served as consultant for the Sacred Harp portion of the film and provided the singing voice for the character Stobrod.

Awards and honors[edit]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer(s) Length
1. "Wayfaring Stranger" Traditional Jack White 4:25
2. "Like a Songbird That Has Fallen" T Bone Burnett Reeltime Travelers 3:13
3. "I Wish My Baby Was Born" Traditional Riley Baugus/Tim Eriksen/Tim O'Brien 3:09
4. "The Scarlet Tide" Burnett/Elvis Costello Alison Krauss 2:59
5. "The Cuckoo" Traditional Riley Baugus/Tim Eriksen 1:39
6. "Sitting on Top of the World" Lonnie Chatmon/Walter Vinson Jack White 3:48
7. "Am I Born to Die?" Traditional Tim Eriksen 2:32
8. "You Will Be My Ain True Love" Sting Alison Krauss 2:31
9. "I'm Going Home" Traditional Sacred Harp Singers 2:18
10. "Never Far Away" Jack White Jack White 3:40
11. "Chistmas Time Will Soon Be Over" Traditional/Jack White Jack White 3:16
12. "Ruby With the Eyes That Sparkle" Traditional Stuart Duncan/Dirk Powell 3:11
13. "Lady Margret" Traditional Cassie Franklin 3:02
14. "Great High Mountain" Traditional Jack White 4:33
15. "Anthem" Gabriel Yared Gabriel Yared 3:24
16. "Ada Plays" Gabriel Yared Gabriel Yared 3:18
17. "Ada and Inman" Gabriel Yared Gabriel Yared 5:03
18. "Love Theme" Gabriel Yared Gabriel Yared 3:40
19. "Idumea" Traditional/Charles Wesley Sacred Harp Singers 3:18
Total length: 62:59[7]



Preceded by
The Hours
BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
Succeeded by
Diarios de motocicleta
(The Motorcycle Diaries)
Preceded by
World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Soundtrack
Succeeded by
War of the Worlds


  1. ^ Monger, Jams Christopher. "Cold Mountain Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Stark, Phyllis (2003-04-05), "DMZ Ramps Up With A Diverse Release schedule". Billboard. 115 (14):34
  3. ^ Kennedy, Randy (23 December 2003). "For a Timeless Song Style, A Chance at the Big Time". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Film in 2004 | BAFTA Awards". BAFTA. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "2004 World Soundtrack Awards". ASCAP. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Songwriters Hall of Fame - Sting Awards". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Cold Mountain". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Cold Mountain Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2016.