Love Song for a Vampire

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"Love Song for a Vampire"
Love song for a vampire.jpg
Single by Annie Lennox
from the album Bram Stoker's Dracula: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
A-side"Little Bird"
Released13 February 1993
FormatCD single
GenrePop
Length4:17
LabelBMG (UK)
Columbia (US)
Arista (US)
Songwriter(s)Annie Lennox
Producer(s)Stephen Lipson
Annie Lennox singles chronology
"Cold"
(1992)
"Little Bird" / "Love Song for a Vampire"
(1993)
"No More I Love You's"
(1995)
"Cold"
(1992)
"Little Bird" / "Love Song for a Vampire"
(1993)
"No More I Love You's"
(1995)
Music video
"Love Song for a Vampire" on YouTube

"Love Song for a Vampire" is a song composed and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox. It was recorded for Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film Bram Stoker's Dracula, where it plays during the end credits. Released as a double A-side with "Little Bird" in Ireland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, the single was a hit, peaking at number three on the UK and Irish Singles Chart as well as number 34 in Switzerland. "Love Song for a Vampire" by itself reached number four in Spain, number 10 in France, and number 11 in Italy.

Music video[edit]

The video features a pregnant Annie Lennox, seen in a dark garden very similar to Lucy Westenra's in the film, and wearing a similar white dress. As she sings, several excerpts from the film are shown, and the video ends as what appears to be holy light shines upon her, very similar to what happens during Dracula's death at the film's end.

Release[edit]

In the UK, the song was the bigger hit of the double-A sided single with Lennox's track "Little Bird" from her album Diva. It reached number three on the UK Singles Chart in early 1993, while in the US, it reached number 24 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

It reappeared in 1995 on the UK CD single 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' (RCA 74321 284822), alongside Lennox's covers of The Psychedelic Furs' 'Heaven' and Blondie's '(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear'.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Annie Lennox unless otherwise noted.

CD: Arista / 07822 12522 2 (US)

  1. "Little Bird" (edit) – 4:32
  2. "Love Song for a Vampire (From Bram Stoker's Dracula)" – 4:16
  3. "Why" – 5:04 *
  4. "The Gift" (Lennox/Buchanan, Bell, Moore) – 4:36 *
  5. "You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart" (Lennox/Stewart) – 4:06 *

CD: BMG / 74321 13383 2 (UK)

  1. "Little Bird" – 4:39
  2. "Love Song for a Vampire (From Bram Stoker's Dracula)" – 4:17
  3. "Little Bird" (Utah Saints version) – 6:35
  4. "Little Bird" (N'Joi version) – 4:46

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[1]
Double A-side with "Little Bird"
5
France (SNEP)[2] 10
Ireland (IRMA)[3]
Double A-side with "Little Bird"
3
Italy (Hit Parade Italia)[4] 11
Spain (AFYVE)[5] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6]
Double A-side with "Little Bird"
34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7]
Double A-side with "Little Bird"
3
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 24

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Covers[edit]

  • The German Discjockey Pulsedriver covered the song in 2003 on his Night Moves album.[10]
  • Israeli singer Noa Dori covered the song in 2003 on Café de l' art – Volume 4 Cinema album by Notis Mavroudis and Panagiotis Margaris.[11]
  • Alea covered the song in 2000 on the album La Musica De Los Dioses – Volume 3.[12]
  • KnightsBridge covered the song in 2010 on their album Movie Hits of the 1990s – Vol. 3.[13]
  • Tombstones covered the song in 2001 on the album Wolfman Jack's Halloween Special: Rock 'N' Roll Party.[14]
  • The Countdown Singers covered the song in 1995 on their Movie Hits album.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Lescharts.com – Annie Lennox – Love Song for a Vampire" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Little Bird / Love Song for a Vampire". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  4. ^ "HitParadeItalia - Lennox, Annie" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  5. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  6. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Annie Lennox – Little Bird / Love Song for a Vampire". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Annie Lennox: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Annie Lennox Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  9. ^ "British single certifications – Annie LennoxDion – Little Bird / Song for a Vampire". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Little Bird / Song for a Vampire in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  10. ^ Pulsedriver - Night Moves at Discogs.com
  11. ^ (Greek) Café de l' art Volume IV Cinema at mavroudis.edu[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ La Música de los Dioses, Vol. 3 Various Artists at Discogs.com
  13. ^ Movie Hits of the 1990s Vol.3 Knightsbridge at iTunes
  14. ^ Love Song for a Vampire - Tombstones at Billboard.com
  15. ^ Movie Hits - The Countdown Singers at Allmusic.com

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