With the possible exception of Defying Gravity, I Dreamed A Dream is musical theatre's best known song, and with good reason. After Susan Boyle was catapulted into fame with her rendition of the song, almost everyone started noticing it and loving it. There are several videos on Youtube that compare different versions of this song, and there have been many hot debates over who gives the best performance (more on that in a minute). I believe that part of the song's success is due to it's beautiful, heartwrenching lyrics and gorgeous orchestration. The sweep of the music after "And there are storms we cannot weather" always, always gives me chills. As for the lyrics...they are perfect for Fantine's story. One verse in particular is my favorite.
And still I dream he'll come to me,
That we will live the years together.
But there are dreams that cannot be,
And there are storms we cannot weather.
I don't think there's any question over who gives the best performance of this song. Anne Hathaway wins hands down, in my opinion (and many others). The passionate heartbreak, despair, and longing she pours into this song is mind-blowing. One of the best scenes in the entire film. My second favorite version of I Dreamed A Dream, is this one. Yes, I know it's a guy singing it, but the new lyrics/orchestration work well with his voice, so I'm happy.
What is your favorite line from this song? Who's version is the best?