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Far Longer Than Forever is a romance song that was sung by Princess Odette and Prince Derek and the third song from The Swan Princess. It was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1995 for Best Original Song.

Critical receptionEdit

The New York Times wrote "The melody of "Far Longer Than Forever"...echoes the first five notes of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Everything's Better With Bob deemed it the best song of the film due to being "void of all daft rhyming schemes that hit the rest of the songs in the film".

The Animated Movie Guide said the song had a theme of faith. This commercial single was jointly released by Sony Wonder and Sony 550 Music. MusicHound Soundtracks: The Essential Album Guide to Film, Television and Stage Music called the "seemingly mandatory big ballad" as "extremely annoying" due to "striking a totally different artistic note" in the context of the film's musical landscape.

The Motion Picture Guide 1995 Annual: The Films of 1994 said, "The "love theme" was deserving of the Golden Globe Star-News deemed the song "insistent" noting that audiences may "quickly get their fill" of the tune."

ContextEdit

In the filmEdit

It is sung within the context of the film as a love song, and again performed over the credits as a ballad by Regina Belle and Jeffrey Osborne. In the film, the song was performed by vocalists, Liz Callaway, as the singing voice of Princess Odette, and Howard McGillin, as the speaking and singing voice of Prince Derek.

End creditsEdit

In the closing credits of the first film, a popular rendition of the song was performed by renowned R&B recording artists, Regina Belle and Jeffrey Osborne. Michelle Nicastro and Kenneth Cope sings a reprise of the song in the 1997 sequel, Escape from Castle Mountain.

The lyrics of the song revolve around the incredible bond between two lovers who, although they are far apart, have faith that their love would eventually draw them together once again. In the film version, Princess Odette and Prince Derek are pledging their love for each other, despite the fact that distance and circumstances separate them. However, they truly believe that their love shared could overcome any barrier.

LyricsEdit

Film versionEdit

Odette: If I could break this spell, I'd run to him today
And somehow I know he's on his way to me
Derek, you and I were meant to be
Far longer than forever
I'll hold you in my heart
It's almost like you're here with me
Although we're far apart

Derek:
Far longer than forever
As constant as a star
I close my eyes and I am where you are

Odette:
Sure as the dawn brings the sunrise
We've an unshakable bond

Derek:
Destined to last for a lifetime
And beyond

Far longer than forever

Odette:
Far longer than forever

Derek:
I swear that I'll be true

Odette:
I swear that I'll be true

Derek:
I've made

Odette & Derek:
An everlasting vow
To find a way to you

Far longer than forever
Like no love every known

Odette:
And with your love

Odette & Derek:
I'll never be alone

Odette:
Far longer than forever

Derek:
Much stronger than forever

Odette:
And with your love I'll never be alone

End Credits versionsEdit

Regina Belle:
Oh-h-h-h.
Jeffrey Osborne:
O-h-h-h.

Regina Belle:
Far longer than forever
I'll hold you in my heart
It's almost like you're here with me
Although we're far apart

Jeffrey Osborne:
Far longer than forever
As constant as a star
I close my eyes and I am where you are

Sure as the dawn brings the sunrise
We've an unshakable bond

Regina Belle:
Destined to last for a lifetime and beyond

Jeffrey Osborne:
Far longer than forever
(Regina Belle: Far longer than forever)
Jeffrey Osborne:
Like no love every known
Both:
And with your love I'll never be alone

(Instrumental interlude)

Regina Belle: Oh-h-h-h-h.

Jeffrey Osborne:
Far longer than forever
(Regina Belle: Far longer than forever)

Jeffrey Osborne:
Like no love every known
Both:
And with your love I'll never be alone

Jeffrey Osborne:
Far longer than forever

Regina Belle:
Much stronger than forever

Jeffrey Osborne:
And with your love I'll
Both:
Never be alone

Regina Belle:
Never, never be alone
Jeffrey Osborne:
Never, never be alone
Both:
Far longer than forever

Michelle Nicastro:

Far longer than forever

I'll hold you in my heart

It's almost like you're here with me

Although we're far apart


Kenneth Cope:

Far longer than forever

As constant as a star

I close my eyes and I am where you are


Michelle Nicastro:

Sure as the dawn brings the sunrise

We've an unshakable bond


Kenneth Cope:

Destined to last for a lifetime and beyond


Far longer than forever

(Michelle Nicastro: Far longer than forever)


Kenneth Cope:

I swear that I'll be true

(Michelle Nicastro: I swear that I'll be true)


Kenneth Cope:

I've made


Both:

An everlasting vow

To find a way to you


Far longer than forever

Like no love ever known


Michelle Nicastro:

And with your love


Both:

I'll never be alone


Michelle Nicastro:

Far longer than forever


Kenneth Cope:

Much stronger than forever


Michelle Nicastro:

And with your love I'll never be alone

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