High Hopes

Eddie Hodges, Frank Sinatra

About High Hopes

"High Hopes" is a popular song first popularized by Frank Sinatra, with music written by James Van Heusen and lyrics by Sammy Cahn. It was introduced by Sinatra and child actor Eddie Hodges in the 1959 film A Hole in the Head, nominated for a Grammy and won an Oscar for Best Original Song at the 32nd Academy Awards.


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Next time you're found, with your chin on the ground
There a lot to be learned, so look around

Just what makes that little old ant
Think he'll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can't
Move a rubber tree plant

But he's got high hopes, he's got high hopes
He's got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time you're gettin' low
'Stead of lettin' go
Just remember that ant
Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant
Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant
Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant

When troubles call, and your back's to the wall
There's a lot to be learned, that wall could fall

Once there was a silly old ram
Thought he'd punch a hole in a dam
No one could make that ram, scram
He kept buttin' that dam

'Cause he had high hopes, he had high hopes
He had high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time you're feelin' bad
'Stead of feelin' sad
Just remember that ram
Oops, there goes a billion kilowatt dam
Oops, there goes a billion kilowatt dam
Oops, there goes a billion kilowatt dam

All problem's just a toy balloon
They'll be bursted soon
They're just bound to go pop
Oops, there goes another problem kerplop
Oops, there goes another problem kerplop
Oops, there goes another problem kerplop, kerlpop

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Frank Sinatra

Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra, /sɨˈnɑːtrə/, (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and film actor of Italian origin. more »

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Written by: Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn

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11 facts about this song

Original Release
"High Hopes" was first popularized by Frank Sinatra for the 1959 film, "A Hole in the Head."
Songwriter
This iconic song was written by popular lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jimmy Van Heusen.
The Academy Award
"High Hopes" won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1959.
Presidential Campaign Association
"High Hopes" was re-recorded with altered lyrics as a campaign song for John F. Kennedy during his successful presidential campaign in 1960.
Sinatra's Family Involvement
Sinatra's kids - Nancy, Tina, and Frank Jr. - also performed the song with adapted lyrics.
Children's Choir Inclusion
The Frank Sinatra version of "High Hopes" is unique and known for its inclusion of a children's choir in the recording.
Song Popularity
The song achieved massive popularity and gave Sinatra one more hit during the peak of his career.
Cover Versions
Numerous artists have covered and recreated "High Hopes" since its release, including major artists like Bruce Springsteen.
Features in Other Films
Apart from its initial use in "A Hole in the Head," the song has been featured in numerous other films, such as "Next Stop, Greenwich Village" and "The Simpsons Movie."
Song Theme
The song delivers a motivating and inspiring message, with the gist that if 'ants' and 'rams' can overcome obstacles by staying hopeful, humans can too.
Signature Tune
Over the years, "High Hopes" has become one of the signature tunes associated with Frank Sinatra.

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