Annie Lennox : 100 BEAUTIFUL SONGS

Number 5 : Love Song For A Vampire by Annie Lennox from Bram Stoker’s Dracula Soundtrack in 1992

Love Song For a Vampire – From the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this Annie’s highest ranking non-album song. It’s taken, of course, from Francis Ford Coppola’s Academy Award-winning film and plays over the film’s closing credits. A love song that benefits from its lush cinematic scope, the track was paired with “Little Bird” as a double-A single that found major success in England (reaching No. 3) and around the world. Surprisingly, it was not nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards despite a push by the studio.

Top 15 voters

Ben Rawson-Jones1
Steve Gayler1
Cameron Scott2
Gary Krupnick2
Fabio Milani3
Cameron Carr4
Grace Gomez4
Matt Lee Newby4
Sverre Espeland4
Daniel Mueller5
Eddie Davis5
Ian Renner5
Mark Stevens5
Daniel T. Davis6
Rex Saldana6

come into these arms again
and lay your body down
the rhythm of this trembling heart
is beating like a drum

it beats for you, it bleeds for you
it knows not how it sounds
for it is the drum of drums
it is the song of songs

once i had the rarest rose
that ever deigned to bloom.
cruel winter chilled the bud
and stole my flower too soon.

oh loneliness, oh hopelessness
to search the ends of time
for there is in all the world
no greater love than mine.

love, oh love, oh love
still falls the rain (still falls the rain)
love, oh love, oh, love
still falls the night
love, oh love, oh love
be mine forever (be mine forever)
love, oh love, oh love

let me be the only one
to keep you from the cold
now the floor of heaven’s lain
with stars of brightest gold

they shine for you, they shine for you
they burn for all to see
come into these arms again
and set this spirit free

One evening in early 1993, a disillusioned 12-year-old boy with no interest in music was flicking through the TV channels in the hope of finding some sport to watch. But something out of the ordinary caught his attention. A ghoulish looking lady with an impressively symmetrical centre-parting emerging from a crypt and singing the most captivating, ethereal song those ears had ever experienced. A musical love affair was born.

Many years on, my trembling heart still beats like a drum at the thought of that Top Of The Pops performance and the pre-Internet voyage of discovery that went with it. I recall tuning in to all manner of radio stations afterwards in the hope of hearing it again and capturing it on cassette, with my finger hovering over the Record button until my luck was in. I remember trying to decipher the lyrics and writing them all down on a notepad. And then taking a sudden interest in the UK singles chart as surely this, the song of songs, has to conquer all in its path.

I scraped together some pocket money to buy the single on cassette from my local Woolworths in Pinner, North London, hoping to help propel the song beyond third spot in the chart. But what was this? A Double A side? With a song about a bird? Very soon after, the scary crypt woman from Top Of The Pops was sucking the life out of her rivals at the Brit Awards with her album Diva, which required yet more strategic raiding of the piggy bank to acquire. And then, to cut a very long story short, here I am writing this article.

Listening to the record now, I can see what set the spirit of that unhappy 12-year-old boy free. It was an escape to another world through a haunting song that still sounds like no other and with a fascinating structure that made it stand out from other chart music at the time. Love Song’s soothing sounds initially draw you in, like the most seductive of vampires. And once you’re under its spell, out come the fangs as it bursts into glorious, impassioned drama. Finally, it leaves your chilly cadaver with a warming embrace as it heads off deep into the night. Magnificent.

– Ben Rawson-Jones

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Is this the most chilling or haunting song that Annie Lennox has ever written?

The beating heart throughout the song gives a hypnotic beat that draws you deep into the song, every single time i listen to this song it brings shivers to my spine.

I have always enjoyed Annie’s soundtrack work, and her songs written for films have featured highly in my list, and i think I surprised myself when working through my top 5, that this kept on creeping to the top spot.

The lyrics are both beuatiful and painful at the same time, I would love to know how Annie got herself into the character of Dracula to reach down so far into her soul to write these words, I would love to know if it was a quick song to write, or whether it was a labour of love, had she seen Bram Stokers film before she wrote the song, so many questions. I also wonder if Annie’s own personal tragedy with her son Daniel had any influence on the lyrics, I found a few heart breaking stories about this song, and how people have found comfort in it in such tragic circumstances, or it has been a trigger to allow grief to be expressed.

This is Ryan’s story : “My partner and I lost our son, he was born too soon and his lungs had not developed enough for him to be able to breath; so he was born and then died. We buried our son. My partner (Danyeil) cried her heart out for weeks/months, she was devastated, but I could not cry, I could not grieve, I could not accept what had happened… One night I stayed up to watch the Dracula film and this song was on at the end, I fell to the floor crying, I cried like a baby, a grown man crying on the floor like iv’e never cried before! After that I began to come to terms with what had happened and was able to move on.”

Annie’s performance on Top Of The Pops has to be one of the most theatrical productions they ever saw being staged, Annie was heavily pregnant at the time of the recording of the main video and the TOPT appearance. I was only sad the song was not used more in the film.

So painful, so romantic, so chilling, so haunting, so beautiful, so enchanting, so hypnotic.

The song is all about eternal love, and that is the reason this song hits my #1 spot.

Steve Gayler

 

 COLLECTABLE RECORD

There are a few collectables for the single, the soundtrack album itself on vinyl is also highly collectable, and you can see more here. There was also the December 2018 reissue and remastered expanded 3CD set that sold out and now sells for over $90 however, I have selected the USA promo CD as I have always loved the picture disc CD.

Record IDImageFormatRelease DetailsNoteClick for more info
0460
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Love Song For A Vampire - CD Single - The USA'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Love Song For A Vampire
Format : CD Single
Label : Arista
Cat No. : ASCD-2507
Country : The USA
Promo : Yes
1 Track Promolink

MEMORABILIA

Here we have a few adverts and posters for the song and the film, I would have loved a metal Dracula logo pin badge.

 

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