Show Yourself

Album: Frozen 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2019)
Charted: 60 70

Songfacts®:

  • This song is performed by Idina Menzel in the movie Frozen 2 with additional vocals by Evan Rachel Wood. The film follows Menzel's character Elsa as she travels out of her homeland Arendelle to discover the source of her magical powers.

    This song is sung by Elsa at the magical River Full of Memory, which her mother, Queen Iduna (Evan Rachel Wood), had told her about. Now that she has arrived, Elsa is demanding this mysterious force that has been haunting her for so long reveal its secrets to her.
  • The song was written and composed by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who penned the tunes for the original Frozen movie. "Show Yourself" is one of seven new songs written by the husband-and-wife songwriting team for Frozen 2.
  • This was the hardest song to write for the movie. The Lopezes knew it was about the end of Elsa's journey, but were unsure at the time how she got there. Their first draft had the same chorus but a different feel. Once they watched the first round of visuals with "Show Yourself," they knew the middle and ending had to be changed. Anderson-Lopez recalled to Billboard:

    "It went back and forth for months - it's now four minutes and 20 seconds and it has a big ending. It transformed a lot, and it was hard."
  • The song's message of self-acceptance moved the Lopezes' 14-year-old daughter to tears during an early screening. "'It feels like you're telling me I can follow my gut and find my own path,'" Anderson-Lopez recalled her saying in an interview with New York Times. "That's the success of this movie for me," the songwriter added. "If she can't hear it from her mom in daily life, she can hear it from her mom through a Disney movie she wrote."

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