Come What May (2001 song)

Come What May (2001 song)
"Come What May"
Single by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor
from the album Moulin Rouge!
Released 24 September 2001
Format CD
Genre Pop, musical
Length 4:48
Label Interscope
Writer(s) David Baerwald
Kevin Gilbert

"Come What May" phrase originates from Shakespeare's Macbeth and is along the meaning of let whatever events crop up come to pass. It is the love theme from Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film Moulin Rouge! It is sung by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in their respective roles as Christian and Satine. It is composed by David Baerwald was released as a single in Australia where it became the 8th highest selling single by an Australian artist of 2001.[1] It was also released in the UK, where it charted at #27,[2] and in Germany.[3]

The song on the soundtrack album and the film differ slightly. The lyrics "Every day I love you more and more" and "Listen to my heart, can you hear it sing / Telling me to give you everything" can be heard on the soundtrack version. In the movie, they are replaced by a musical interlude the first time, and, the second time, Satine sings instead of the latter part: "come back to me and forgive everything." The single version can be found on the original soundtrack, while the original film version can be found on the follow-up soundtrack.

When the forbidden relationship between Christian and Satine has been discovered, Christian pens this song and includes it in the musical he is currently writing. Each time either of them sings this song, they can secretly declare their love for each other. This plays an important role later in the film, as lies and jealousy make it difficult for the truth to stand out.

Musical theatre performers Alfie Boe and Kerry Ellis duet on a version of this song on Boe's album Bring Him Home. Tenor Javier Fontana also recorded a version of this song on his album Stage.

The song was recorded as a duet on Lesley Garrett's album When I Fall In Love, with Michael Ball.

Peter Jöback and Helen Sjöholm performed the song for Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel at a celebratory concert the night before their 2010 wedding.


Track listing

UK CD Single

  1. Come What May (Josh G. Abrahams Radio Remix) - 4:01
  2. Come What May (David Baerwald Album Version) - 4:48
  3. Come What May (Josh G. Abrahams Extended Mix) - 4:41
  4. Come What May (Film Version) - 4:38
  5. Elephant Love Medley (Karaoke Version) - 4:13


"Come What May" was nominated for a 2002 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture, where it lost to Sting's "Until" from Kate and Leopold. However, it was ineligible for a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Song because it was originally written with another film in mind: Luhrmann's previous project William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet [4]. The song was ranked on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs at number 85.


Chart (2001) Peak
Australia 10
Germany 95
UK 27


  1. ^ ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top Australian Singles 2001
  2. ^ UK Top 40 Hit Database
  3. ^ Charts-Surfer
  4. ^ Alex's Oscar Column #09 for the 74th Annual Academy Awards

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