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"A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" is a song written and composed by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston for the 1950 film "Cinderella". In it Cinderella (Ilene Woods) encourages her animal friends to never stop dreaming, and that theme continues throughout the entire story. It was also nominated for AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs, as one of 15 from Disney and one of 17 from an animated movie to be nominated. The ones that eventually made the cut was: "When You Wish Upon A Star" (#7), "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (#19), "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (#36), "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (#47), "Beauty and the Beast" (#62) and "Hakuna Matata" (#99).

Lyrics

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

(Speaking)
Oh that clock!
Killjoy.
I hear you, Come on, Get up you say!.
Even he bosses me around.
Well, there's one thing.
They can't order me to stop dreaming.
And perhaps someday...

(Singing)
The dream that I wish
Will come true

La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
Hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm-hmmm-hmm-hmm-hmm
La-da-la-da-da-da-da-da-dee
Hmm-mm-hm-mm-mm-hmm-hmm-hmm
La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-dee
La-da-da-da-daaa-da-da-da
Hmm-hmm-hmm-hm-hmm-hmm-hm-hmm

No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The Dream that you wish
Will come true.

And if you dream, then someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you will lose your heartache
Whatever you wish for, you keep

Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're feeling small
Alone, in the night you whisper
Thinking no one can hear you at all

You wake with the morning sunlight
To find fortune that is smiling on you
Don't let your heart be filled with sorrow
For all you know tomorrow
The dream that you wish will come true

A dream is a wish your heart makes
A dream is a wish your heart makes
You wake with the morning sunlight
To find fortune that is smiling on you

Don't let your heart be filled with sorrow
For all you know tomorrow
The dream that you wish will come true
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

(Feel your dream!)

A dream is a wish your heart makes (Yeah!)
When you're fast asleep (In your dreams!)
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep (Oh! You know you gotta have faith!)
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come shining through (See it shining!)
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

(Make your wish!)
(Find your dream! Come on!)
(Make your wish!)
(You gotta dream! Come on!)

So if you have a dream
And believe with all your heart
Then make a wish and watch the magic start

Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come shining through
No matter how your heart is grieving (How your heart is grieving!)
If you keep on believing (Just keep on believing!)
The dream that you wish (Yes the dream!)
Whatever you wish (Yes the dream!)
Yes the dream that you wish will come true

(Make your wish!)
(Find your dream!)
(Make your wish!)
(Find your dream!)

Other appearances

Cinderella (2015)

In this version, it is sung by Lily James, appearing during the credits of the film.

Twice Charmed

The song appears in the Spin-off musical, aboard Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic, sung by the Company. It serves as the shows finale, as the Prince and Cinderella get remarried.

Steps in Time

A Latin jazz version sung by Eden Espinosa served as the opening number in the former Hyperion Theater show, Steps in Time. The song, including multiple remixes, has found life in countless Disney events thereafter. It was featured at the grand opening of the Magical Moments Festival, as well as Disneyland's Grad Nite 2006-2009 and California Adventure's New Years Celebration 2006-2009. Alternative tracks without Eden's vocals also showed up at the 2015 Walt Disney Legacy Awards and the finale of Mickey's Showtime.

A pop arrangement was used for Grad Nite 2010, as well as Disneyland's 56th through 59th birthday celebrations. A rock arrangement has been used at Disneyland's Grad Nite from 2011 and California Adventure's Grad Nite 2013 up to the present, though it is usually played in part. Lastly, the Disneyland All-American College Band has performed an instrumental version every summer from 2007 to 2016.

Other Versions

Performer(s) Title(s) Translations(s) Language
Odeta Katundi Albanian
رولا زكي (Rula Zaki) (1998 version)
سارة الجوهري (Sarah Al-Gohary) (2014 version)
"الحلم أماني تشوفها" "The dream is wishes you can see" Arabic
Bengali
Simone de Morais "O Sonho é um Desejo D'Alma" Brazilian Portuguese
Нели Андреева (Neli Andreeva) Bulgarian
? Cantonese
Cani González "Soñar" Castilian Spanish
Mima Čulina "San je želja" "The dream is a wish" Croatian
Marie Sikulová (1970 version)
Štěpánka Heřmánková (2005 version)
Czech
Lise Ringheim "Jeg drømmer kun ønskedrømme" Danish
? (1950 version)
Joke de Kruijf (1990 version)
"Een droom laat je hart iets wensen" (1990 version) Dutch
Ritva Lehtelä (1967 version)
Anna Kuoppamäki (1993 version)
Finnish
Paulette Rollin (1950 version)
Dominique Poulain (1991 version)
"Tendre Rêve" (1950 version)
"Le Rêve de ma vie" (1991 version)
"Tender Dream" French
Eva-Ingeborg Scholz "Ich hab ihn im Traum gesehen" "I Saw Him in the Dream" German
Άννα Ρόσση (Anna Rossi) Greek
טל אמיר (Tal Amir) Hebrew
Hindi
Éva Pap "Álmod egyszer valóra váll" Hungarian
Vigdís Hrefna Pálsdóttir Icelandic
Tisa Julianti "Mimpi Adalah Harapan" "A Dream is a Wish" Indonesian
Giuliana Maroni (1950 version)
Maria Cristina Brancucci (1967 version)
Italian
富沢志満 (Shima Tomizawa) (1961 version)
鈴木より子 (Yoriko Suzuki) (1992 version)
つたいめぐみ (Megumi Tsutai) (2007 version)
"夢はひそかに" (Yume wa Hisoka ni) "Dream comes true covertly" Japanese
Айнұр Бермұхамбетова (Aynur Bermuxambetova) Kazakh
이미라 (Lee Mi-Ra) Korean
Evangelina Elizondo (1950 version)
Natalia Sosa (1997 version)
"Soñar es desear" Latin American Spanish
"Mimpi Impian Hatimu" "Dream is Your Heart's Wishes" Malay
王華怡 (Wang Huayi) Mandarin
Edle Stray-Pedersen Norwegian
Maria Ciesielska (1961 version)
Weronika Bochat (2012 version)
"Ja znam takie sny, cudowne" (1961 version)
"Ze snem budzą się marzenia" (2012 version)
Polish
Sandra de Castro Portuguese
Mediana Vlad Romanian
Елена Галицкая (Elena Galitskaya) Russian
Irina Milovanović Serbian
B. Čupková (1970 version)
Monika Hilmerová (2012 version)
Slovak
Tatjana Angelini (1950 version)
Alice Babs (1967 version)
"Din dröm ger dig allt" Swedish
? (1st Dub)
? (2nd Dub)
Thai
Tülay Uyar Turkish
Вікторія Івасишина (Viktoriya Ivasyshyna) Ukrainian
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Media
Films: CinderellaCinderella II: Dreams Come TrueCinderella III: A Twist in TimeWho Framed Roger RabbitCinderellaDescendantsVideo

Television: Raw ToonageHouse of MouseOnce Upon a TimeOnce Upon a Time in WonderlandA Poem Is...
Video Games: Cinderella: Magical DreamsDisney Princess: Enchanted JourneyKingdom Hearts Birth by SleepDisney INFINITYDisney Princess: My Fairytale AdventureDisney Magical WorldCinderella Free Fall
Music: Soundtrack2015 Soundtrack
Books: Big Golden BookClassic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGraphic NovelLittle Golden BookRead-AlongCinderella: A Magical TaleDisney Princess Beginnings

Disney Parks
Art of AnimationCinderella's Fairy Tale HallCinderella CastleCinderella Castle Mystery TourDisney Animation BuildingFairy Tale ForestIt's a Small WorldMickey Mouse RevuePrince Charming Regal CarrouselStorybook Land Canal Boats

Entertainment: Cinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDream Along with MickeyFantasmic!Le Livre Magique de MickeyMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the MagicianOne Man's DreamOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story
Restaurants: Cinderella's Royal TableFairy Godmother's Cupboard
Shops: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeFestival of Fantasy ParadeJubilation!Main Street Electrical ParadeMickey's Rainy Day ExpressThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Firework: Disney in the StarsMagic, Music and MayhemOnce Upon a TimeWishes
Halloween: Hocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsMickey and his Magic Halloween Night
Christmas: Cinderella's Holiday Wish

Characters
Original characters: CinderellaJaq and GusMiceBirdsPrince CharmingFairy GodmotherBrunoMajorCinderella's FatherLady TremaineAnastasia TremaineDrizella TremaineLuciferThe KingThe Grand DukeHeraldMaryRoyal Guards

Sequel characters: Pom-PomPrudenceBeatrice and DaphneThe BakerFlower VendorThe Queen
Remake chracters: Cinderella's MotherLizard FootmenMr. GoosePrincess ChelinaCaptainTown Crier
Sir Francis Tremaine
Deleted Characters: JabberClarissaProfessor LeFoof

Locations
Cinderella's CastleCinderella's ChâteauVillageKing's Castle
Objects
Glass SlipperPumpkinPumpkin CoachMagic WandCinderella's Dress
Songs
Film songs: CinderellaA Dream is a Wish Your Heart MakesSing, Sweet NightingaleWork Song (Cinderelly, Cinderelly)Bibbidi-Bobbidi-BooSo This is LovePut it TogetherFollow Your HeartThe World Is Looking Up to YouIt's What's Inside That CountsPerfectly PerfectMore Than a DreamAt the BallI Still BelieveLavender's BlueStrong

Deleted Songs: Dancing on a CloudThe Cinderella Work SongThe Face That I See in the NightThe Dress That My Mother WoreSing a Little, Dream a Little
Other Songs: All Because of a ShoeIt's Never Too Late