’You Must Love Me’ was first recorded by Madonna for the Evita musical
Having recently revealed that she’s started writing a musical, Lana Del Rey has gotten one step closer to achieving her dream by recording a version of “You Must Love Me”, from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic musical Evita.
Del Rey’s interest in musicals make perfect sense, given the theatrical pathos of her music and the romantic, melodramatic narratives that run through her songwriting. “You Must Love Me”, which was first recorded by Madonna for her on-screen portrayal of Evita in 1996, is a tragic ballad suited to Del Rey’s ethereal, haunting tones.
“Andrew Lloyd Webber has been one of my primary inspirations in music, so to do a cover of one of his songs is a dream,” she said in a press release. “I especially love this particular song... because of how unique the melody is. I’ve been incredibly inspired by all of Andrew’s work from Phantom of the Opera to Evita.”
Evita was created by Lloyd Webber (when he’s not busy voting for cuts affecting the UK’s poorest workers) with his writing partner Tim Rice, and celebrates the life of famed Argentinian leader Eva Perón. “You Must Love Me” accompanies Evita’s dramatic finale in which Eva Peròn retreats in her wheelchair to her last resting place in her bedroom.
“Lana Del Rey sings beautifully, and with a haunting echo, over the simple piano accompaniment,” Lloyd Webber added in a statement. “Singer and song express neediness, devotion, bravery and command, all at once, a clever, seemingly effortless trick of Rice’s syntax.”
Lana Del Rey’s version of “You Must Love Me” appears on the forthcoming compilation Andrew Lloyd Webber Unmasked: The Platinum Collection. Listen to it below.