How Long Will I Love You

Album: Halcyon Days (2013)
Charted: 3

Songfacts®:

  • Ellie Goulding recorded this piano ballad for the Richard Curtis-directed British romantic comedy movie About Time. The simple proclamation of undying love is a cover of a Waterboys track that originally appeared on their 1990 album, Room to Roam.

    "I like that she made it her own," Waterboys frontman Mike Scott stated to Q magazine. "But there are changes in the lyrics and I've never been able to figure out whether she's doing it deliberately or whether she's got it wrong (laughs)"
  • The video features a montage of excerpts from Richard Curtis's well-known rom-coms Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral as well as clips from About Time.
  • The song was released as the official 2013 Children in Need single. Speaking of her involvement, Goulding said: "I've grown up watching BBC Children in Need so it's fantastic that I'm doing this year's single! It is an emotional song, but in a really positive way, and I've been completely blown away with the positive reaction it's had already."
  • The video was shot on a Nokia Lumia 1020 smart phone.

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