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[Intro: Mia, spoken]
My aunt used to live in Paris. I remember, she used to come home and tell us these stories about being abroad and I remember she told us that she jumped into the river once, barefoot

She smiled...

[Verse 1: Mia, sung]
Leapt, without looking
And tumbled into the Seine
The water was freezing
She spent a month sneezing
But said she would do it again
[Chorus 1]
Here's to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that ache
Here's to the mess we make

[Verse 2]
She captured a feeling
Sky with no ceiling
The sunset inside a frame

She lived in her liquor
And died with a flicker
I'll always remember the flame

[Chorus 1]
Here's to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that ache
Here's to the mess we make

[Bridge]
She told me:
"A bit of madness is key
To give us new colors to see
Who knows where it will lead us?
And that's why they need us"
So bring on the rebels
The ripples from pebbles
The painters, and poets, and plays

[Chorus 2]
And here's to the fools who dream
Crazy as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that break
Here's to the mess we make

[Outro]
I trace it all back to then
Her, and the snow, and the Seine
Smiling through it
She said she'd do it again

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About "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)"

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” is a song sung by Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, in the movie La La Land.
This song, specifically, explores just how brutal the auditioning process can be. The song was nominated for Best Original Song at the 89th Academy Awards, alongside “City of Stars”.

(minor spoiler follows)
Before this scene, Mia had decided to give up on acting altogether. However, she is drawn back to L.A. when she is invited to audition for a movie that would be a huge opportunity for her. The casting director was impressed after having seen Mia act in her one-woman show. The casting director explains that the film’s script isn’t finished yet, and Mia would be expected to help build her character from the ground up. For her audition, they ask her to tell a story to illustrate how she could contribute to the film’s creative process. Remembering the struggles she had faced throughout the movie, and the idealism that drew her to acting in the first place, Mia recites a story of her aunt – the woman who inspired her to take the leap, and convinced that her it wasn’t insanity, but bravery to follow her dreams.

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