Songs from Dreamgirls

Posted Jan 19, 2012
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  1. And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

    And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going


    "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (also known in short as just "And I Am Telling You") is a torch song from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, with lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger. In the context of the musical, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" is sung by the character Effie White, a singer with the girl group The Dreams, to her manager, Curtis Taylor Jr., whose romantic and professional relationship with Effie is quickly ending. The lyrics to "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", often considered the show's signature tune, describe Effie's love for Curtis, both strongly devoted and defiant. She refuses to let Curtis leave her behind, and boldly proclaims to him, "I'm staying and you ... you're gonna love me."

  2. Listen

    Listen (2007)


    "Listen" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé Knowles. The song was written by Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler, Anne Preven, and Knowles, and produced by The Underdogs, Matt Sullivan and Randy Spendlove for the 2006 musical film Dreamgirls, in which Knowles' character Deena Jones sings the song in an expression of independence from her controlling husband. Columbia Records released "Listen" as the lead single from the Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture soundtrack album on December 5, 2006. It additionally appeared as a hidden track on international editions, and on the deluxe edition of Knowles' second solo studio album, B'Day. The Spanish version of the song, "Oye", was released on the EP, Irreemplazable, and the Spanish deluxe edition of B'Day.

  3. I Am Changing

    I Am Changing


    "I Am Changing" is a song from the second act of the long-running Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen, the song was performed by the character Effie White, originally portrayed on Broadway by Jennifer Holliday.

  4. Love You I Do

    Love You I Do (2006)


    "Love You I Do" is a song performed by American R&B singer Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. The music for the song was written by Henry Krieger, composer of the original Broadway play, with lyrics by Siedah Garrett. It is one of the four songs featured in the film that are not present in the original Broadway play. It was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

  5. Patience

    Patience (2006)


    "Patience" is a 2006 (see 2006 in music) song written by Henry Krieger and Willie Reale for the motion picture adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. An inspirational "message song" meant to evoke the early-1970s work of artists such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway, "Patience" is performed in the film and on its soundtrack by Eddie Murphy, Anika Noni Rose, and Keith Robinson. In the context of the film, "Patience" is a socially conscious song written by C.C. White (Robinson), and recorded by Jimmy Early (Murphy), Lorrell Robinson (Rose), and a gospel choir in a scene set in 1973. The song was produced by The Underdogs.

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