This triumphant ode is one of two songs that Lana Del Rey sings for Big Eyes
. The other cut, the title track
, was originally intended for the closing credits, but it was felt the tune was too downbeat to send audiences out. Del Rey came up with this more uplifting number to replace it, which finds her singing about flying like a once-caged bird.
Del Rey recalled to Billboard
magazine: "I think they felt 'Big Eyes' was a little bit somber and they were excited about wanting [a song] to share this story about how Margaret [Keane] comes out of this darkness, a redemption theme. I said, 'I have a song called "I Can Fly," but I'd like to rework the lyrics and talk more about what she was doing [in the film].'"