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"You'll Be in My Heart" is a motherly love song featured in Disney's 1999 animated feature film, Tarzan sung by Phil Collins. A version of the single performed by Glenn Close also appears on the soundtrack. The song is used in a scene when Tarzan's adoptive mother gorilla Kala sings that her baby should stop crying because she will protect her baby, and keep him safe and warm. She says everything will be fine and she tells him that "you will be in my heart always". Another version of this song is played near the end where Kala shows Tarzan his old house. Later on the song is played one more time during the movie's ending credits.

The song went on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song was also nominated for AFI's 100 years...100 songs, as one of 15 songs from Disney and one of 17 songs from an animated movie to be nominated. The songs that eventually made the cut was: When You Wish Upon A Star (#7), Someday My Prince Will Come (#19), Beauty and the Beast (#62), and Hakuna Matata (#99).

The song was considered to be one of the most successful singles, critically and commercially, in 1999. This song is usually a romantic love song.


The song, originally called "Lullaby" is used in a scene when Tarzan's adoptive gorilla mother Kala sings that her baby should stop crying because she will protect her baby, and keep him safe and warm. She says everything will be fine and she tells him that "you will be in my heart always". In the movie the song ends on the first verse, the full version of the song on the soundtrack album notes that others don't understand why a mother and child who are so different can love each other. When destiny calls, the child is told he must be strong even if the parent is not with him. The song is one of only two songs within Disney's Tarzan to have a part performed by an actual character (the other being "Trashin' the Camp" which the character's role in the song can be classified as scat singing). The rest of the songs were performed by Collins himself and overlaid into the movie. The full song is finally played all together during the end credits.

Kala: Come stop your cryin' it'll be alright
Just take my hand, hold it tight
I will protect you from all around you,
I will be here, don't you cry

Phil Collins: For one so small, you seem so strong
My arms will hold you keep you safe and warm,
This bond between us can't be broken,
I will be here, don't you cry

'Cause you'll be in my heart,
yes you'll be in my heart,
From this day on now and forevermore

You'll be in my heart,
No matter what they say,
You'll be here in my heart,

Kala: Always...

Come stop your crying
It will be all right
Just take my hand
Hold it tight

I will protect you
From all around you
I will be here
Don't you cry

For one so small,
You seem so strong
My arms will hold you,
Keep you safe and warm

This bond between us
Can't be broken
I will be here
Don't you cry

'Cause you'll be in my heart
Yes, you'll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more

You'll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You'll be here in my heart always

Why can't they understand the way we feel?
They just don't trust what they can't explain
I know we’re different but deep inside us
We're not that different at all

And you'll be in my heart
Yes, you'll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more

Don't listen to them
'Cause what do they know (what do they know)?
We need each other
To have, to hold.
They'll see in time
I know

When destiny calls you
You must be strong (you gotta be strong)
I may not be with you
But you got to hold on
They'll see in time
I know
We’ll show them together

‘Cause you'll be in my heart
Believe me, you'll be in my heart
I'll be there from this day on,
Now and forever more

Oh, you'll be in my heart (you'll be here in my heart)
No matter what they say (I'll be with you)
You'll be here in my heart (I'll be there) always

I'll be with you
I'll be there for you always
Always and always
Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder
I'll be there always.


Charts and awards

"You'll Be in My Heart", spent nineteen non consecutive weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary charts and peaked at #21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song was Collins's first appearance on the top forty of the Billboard Hot 100 chart since 1994's "Everyday". The track peaked at #17 in the UK Singles Chart, continuing his success that had not stopped after "Everyday". The song went on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Collins performed the song live at that year's ceremony. The song also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

Other languages

The entire Tarzan soundtrack, and therefore "You'll Be in My Heart", was also written and performed by Phil Collins in various other languages beside English, namely German, French, Spanish, Bulgarian and Italian. In the Hungarian, Norwegian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, Swedish and Portuguese versions, the whole soundtracks were performed by the Hungarian singer Akos, the Norwegian singer Tor Endresen, the Brazilian singer Ed Motta, Japanese singer Masayuki Sakamoto, Chinese singer Wakin Chau, Malaysian singer Zainal Abidin, Swedish singer Pelle Ankarberg and Portuguese singer Luís Represas, respectively. The Portuguese version, however, includes the original credits' song. Because of the multiple recordings, a Spanish version of the song, "En Mi Corazón", marks Collins' only appearance on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks. The song charted at #32.

On German television, he sang a translation of "You'll Be in My Heart" called "Dir Gehört Mein Herz".

Cover versions

  • Country singer John Berry covered the song on his record Wildest Dreams, which was released by Lyric Street, a Disney record label.
  • In 2005, Julie Andrews selected this song for her album Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs.
  • On the Disneymania series albums Disneymania, Disneymania 4 and Disneymania 6, "You'll Be in My Heart" was redone. Usher redid the song on the first album, Teddy Geiger redid the song on the fourth album, and Drew Seeley covered it on the sixth album.
  • A karaoke version of the song is on the Brother Bear Disney Karaoke Series CD.
  • Michael Crawford performed the song on The Disney Album, a collection of Disney songs all sung by Michael Crawford.
  • American country music singer Bucky Covington covered the song on the 2008 compilation album Country Sings Disney.
  • Kenny Loggins covered this song on his record More Songs from Pooh Corner in 2000.
  • The song was covered in the Disney musical revue On the Record by cast members Ashley Brown, Emily Skinner, Brian Sutherland and Andrew Samonsky. Kaitlin Hopkins replaces Emily Skinner on the cast recording.
  • On the 2011 album V-Rock Disney, which features visual kei artists covering Disney songs, Dasein covered this song.
  • On 2012 album Disney - Koe no Oujisama Vol.2, which features various seiyus covering Disney songs, this song was covered by Tomokazu Seki.


Chart (1999) Peak
Dutch Singles Chart 35
German Singles Chart 20
Polish Singles Chart 21
UK Singles Chart 17
US Billboard Hot 100 21
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1



  • This was the last song from a Walt Disney Animation Studios-produced film to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song until Let It Go from Frozen 14 years later. Between their respective films, songs from the studio were nominated for the award, but did not win. Pixar films, however, were still claiming the Best Original Song award.
  • There is an official video to the song, but there are no clips from the movie. However, a graffiti sketch of Disney's portrayal of Tarzan was drawn on a wall during the scene where a man in a wheelchair is bouncing a basketball.
  • Although used as the first of two ending songs for the films credits (alongside Two Worlds), in the german dub it was replaced with the english version of Son of Man.
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