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Big-Eyes-Music-From-the-Original-Motion-Picture-2014
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Rick Nowels
Recorded 2013
Length 5:51

"I Can Fly" is a song by Lana Del Rey featured on the soundtrack of the movie Big Eyes. It was written by Del Rey and Rick Nowels who also served as the track's producer. The song was kept a secret until the film was screened for insiders in early November 2014. The track leaked from the Weinstein Company's official website along with "Big Eyes" on December 3, 2014.

Background

The song's genesis began through Del Rey's other contribution to Big Eyes’ soundtrack "Big Eyes", which was written to play over the credits at the end of the film. However, the song was deemed too sad to end the film with and producers noticed it fit perfectly over two near dialogue-free scenes, which originally contained music by scorer Danny Elfman. Seeing as the track was no longer being used in the credits, Del Rey worked with Rick Nowels to write the song "I Can Fly" for the outro of the film.

Cross-references

In Big Eyes

The Hollywood Reporter explains the song is used during the credits and "[celebrates] Margaret’s escape from a pre-feminist cage with lines like “I had a dream that I was fine / I wasn’t crazy, I was divine.”"[1]

Lyrics

I can fly,
You had me caged up,
Like a bird in mid-summer,
You saw me waiting,
I was crazy, on fire,
Waiting to fly,
I can fly.

I had bright wishes in the summer,
I was bathing in sunlight,
Painting in the garden,
Like a ghost in mid-July,
Running fast from something,
With my eyes wide like saucers,
Spinning in the sun.

I had a dream that I was fine,
I wasn't crazy, I was divine.

I can fly,
You had me caged up,
Like a bird in mid-summer,
You saw me waiting,
I was crazy, on fire,
Waiting to fly,
I can fly.

You lies were hard kisses in the summer,
I was dreaming of a lake,
Dreaming of the water,
Where I'd rise like a Phoenix,
Soaring high and from the fire,
I've got things to tell you like,
I know that you're a liar.

I had a dream that I was fine,
I wasn't crazy, I was divine.

I can fly,
You had me caged up,
Like a bird in mid-summer,
You saw me waiting,
I was crazy, on fire,
Waiting to fly,
I can fly.

Your words cut like a knife in butter,
I was fighting for my art,
Fighting with my lover,
You had me so tied up,
Thinking there's no other,
Yeah, right, yeah, right.

I can fly,
You had me caged up,
Like a bird in mid-summer,
You saw me waiting,
I was crazy, on fire,
Waiting to fly,
I can fly.

References

  1. ‘Big Eyes: The Story Behind Lana Del Rey's Stunning Secret Songs. (November 18, 2014). The Hollywood Reporter. [Retrieved November 19, 2014]

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