The Song Of The Heart

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The Song Of The Heart

Happyfeet album.jpg
from the Happy Feet movie soundtrack
The Song Of The Heart
promo single art for The Song Of The Heart
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 31 October 2006 - Happy Feet movie soundtrack
Album(s): Happy Feet

Indigo Nights

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
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The Song Of The Heart is the first track on the Happy Feet movie soundtrack, released to coincide with the Happy Feet movie, and, around the same time as the album's release, The Song Of The Heart was released to radio as a promo single. While the studio version did not appear on a Prince studio album, in 2008 a 2007 live recording (known only as Song Of The Heart, without the definitive article) of the track was included as the third track on Prince's fourth live album Indigo Nights as the second track in a medley containing Girls & Boys, Song Of The Heart, Delirious and Just Like U (Monologue).

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place during Summer, 2006, shortly after Prince was shown a rough-cut of the Happy Feet movie to obtain permission to use the song Kiss in the movie, performed by actors. It was likely recorded at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, although this is unconfirmed. Of note is that the song features the first appearance on a Prince recording of Bria Valente, performing background vocals (uncredited).

The song was awarded a Golden Globe Award in the category of "Best Original Song - Motion Picture" at the HFPA 64th Golden Globes Awards on 15 January 2007. Its competitors in the category were: Never Gonna Break My Faith by Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy and Andrea Remanda (from Bobby, 2006); Listen by Scott Cutler, Beyoncé Knowles, Henry Krieger and Anne Preven (from Dreamgirls, 2006); Try Not To Remember by Sheryl Crow (from Home Of The Brave, 2006); and A Father's Way by Seal and Christopher Bruce (from The Pursuit Of Happyness, 2006). The award marks Prince's only Golden Globe Award to date, though he also appeared as a presenter for the same award in 2015.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Summer, 2006 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (likely)
Basic tracking
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Song Of The Heart 4:35 Happy Feet movie soundtrack Studio
The Song Of The Heart (Album Edit) 3:40 The Song Of The Heart single Edit
The Song Of The Heart (Radio Edit) 3:00 The Song Of The Heart single Edit
Song Of The Heart 1:40 Indigo Nights Live 17 September 2007 am, 3121 at The IndigO2, London, England
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Song Of The Heart 3:00 Happy Feet DVD Promo video Uses Radio Edit; see The Song Of The Heart video for more details

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The Song Of The Heart (TV Mix) Remix More instrumental mix than released
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Robin Williams, whose voice from the movie is sampled in the studio version of The Song Of The Heart, was previously considered for the role of The Joker in the 1989 movie Batman, for which Prince wrote the soundtrack. Prince's role was due in part to actor Jack Nicholson, who received the role instead of Williams, however.

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