Written by Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, and Annie Lennox, this song was performed by Annie Lennox over the ending credits to the third film in Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Return Of The King.
This song was in part inspired by New Zealand filmmaker Cameron Duncan's tragic early death from cancer. The song's first public performance was for Duncan's funeral.
Hayley Westenra and Yulia Townsend, singers from New Zealand, have both covered the song.
This won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 2003 Academy Awards.
Suggestion credit: Tom - Lead-Deadwood, SD, for all above
Mikel from SeattleHeard this song and it really hit home with me. Such emotion, sadness and hope. I have decided I want this song played at my funeral. The Annie Lennox version. I have heard others sing it, but no one can draw out the emotion of the song like Ms. Lennox.
Mike from Philadelphia, PaI had finally made the decision that it was time to put my 16 year old cat, Rudy, to sleep. It had been bravely struggling with diabetes and numerous other issues. I was on my way home to take him to the vet and hit shuffle on my iPod. This song came on and I cried like a baby. I still cry and think of Rudy when I hear it.
Cindi from Cary, NcA beautiful voice with such feeling, and what a timeless song! It brings many things to mind.
Julia from Richland, WaI really love this song! I wonder which character she was thinking about when she wrote the song....
Tom from Lead-deadwood, SdI can't hear this song without breaking down in tears. What a wonderful song, what a wonderful movie, what a wonderful story.
Eddie Vedder often changes the words when he sings "Yellow Ledbetter." The basic story is about a guy whose brother dies in the first Gulf War. Apparently, bad news in the army is given in yellow envelopes.
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve samples an obscure orchestral arrangement of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time." The Verve had to sign away most of the royalties before they could release the song.