The very special reason Arcade Fire sings the theme to Dumbo-

Arcade Fire have a new song -- a new old song, that is.

They've recorded a version of "Baby Mine," from the Disney movie Dumbo, for Tim Burton's remake of the film, which is due out March 29th. The song received a Best Original Song Oscar nomination in 1942.

Bits of Arcade Fire's new recording can be heard in a trailer for Burton's Dumbo that has just been posted on YouTube. The song will play over the end credits in the actual film.

In a statement, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler explained his personal connection to Dumbo and how it comes through in the new version of "Baby Mine": "There is a scene with a locomotive in the original Dumbo that uses an instrument called the Sonovox that my grandpa Alvino Rey made famous in the 1930s. Every time I saw the film I thought it was him. When we were asked to do the song, I immediately got all of my grandfather’s old guitars and wanted to play them in the song. My mom plays the harp on the track, my brother the theremin, my wife sings and plays drums, and our son even plays the triangle, as well as the rest of our ‘family’ in Arcade Fire. I will forever relate to the song thinking about the people I hold so dear that are ‘so precious to me.'" 

Butler says that we should listen for the sound of his grandpa Alvino’s famous Sonovox at the end.

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