When Your Mind’s Made Up (from the film, Once)

One of the first songs that caught my attention when skimming over my digital collection this morning was “When Your Mind’s Made Up,” from the soundtrack of the Irish romantic musical drama Once (2007).

Most of the characters in the movie are referred to by their gender or occupation: Glen Hansard (who has a minor mention in my post on a song by The Commitments) plays “Guy,” a local musician and vacuum-cleaner repairer; Markéta Irglová plays the Czech “Girl;” then there are other characters named “Guy’s Dad,” “Ex-girlfriend,” and “Guy in Piano Shop,” for example. Guy and Girl meet up in a Dublin street where Guy is busking, and Girl, also a musician, sells flowers.

The two strike up a conversation and soon are hanging out, playing music together at a piano in a music shop. They decide to team up and record some songs after securing a bank loan to buy studio time and recruiting random street musicians to form a band. “When Your Mind’s Made Up” appears in the film when the group has finally hit its stride and is recording. It’s an exhilarating moment in the movie.

The song seems to be Guy addressing his former girlfriend who left him and moved to London, England.

So, if you ever want something
And you call, call
Then I’ll come running
To fight, and I’ll be at your door
When there’s nothing worth running for

When your mind’s made up
When your mind’s made up
There’s no point trying to change it
When your mind’s made up
When your mind’s made up
There’s no point trying to stop it

You see, you’re just like anyone
When the shit falls all you want to do is run, away
And hide all by yourself
There is no one, who is gonna run to help

When your mind’s made up
When your mind’s made up
There’s no point trying to change it
When your mind’s made up
When your mind’s made up
There’s no point even talking
When your mind’s made up
When your mind’s made up
There’s no point trying to fight it

So, if you ever want something
And you call, call
Then I’ll come running

(“When Your Mind’s Made Up,” by Glen Hansard.
Unofficial lyrics are courtesy of AZLyrics.com.)

The film is fantastic. One of my sons has recalled it as a random movie dad arrived home with for pizza and movie night one Friday many years ago, and that it sparked his interest in performing music. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t seen it (or seeing it again even if you have!).

Glen Hansard wrote “When Your Mind’s Made Up” and recorded it in 2006 with his band The Frames on their sixth album, The Cost. The album track is very similar to the film version. The original recording has a string intro and features an electric guitar playing the rhythm instead of the acoustic guitar in the movie version. But both are fabulous.

Irglová and Hansard performed for several years as The Swell Season and recorded the music for the film soundtrack. “Falling Slowly” from the Once soundtrack won Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards in 2008, helping to increase the popularity of the folk duo.

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio for the soundtrack version of the song from Glen Hansard’s official YouTube channel:

And just for fun, here’s the audio from the 2006 album version (an unofficial but credited-to-the-artist video):

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