Songs Inspired by the Iconic Film “Forrest Gump”


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Since its release in 1994, “Forrest Gump” has left an indelible mark on both the film and music industries. The timeless and inspirational story, coupled with its iconic soundtrack, has influenced countless musicians. We explore four musicians who found inspiration in “Forrest Gump” and even referenced the film’s characters in their lyrics.

“Blue Clear Sky” (George Strait)

Songwriter Bob DiPiero found inspiration in a turn of phrase from the film uttered by Tom Hanks: “And out of the blue clear sky, Jenny came back.” DiPiero, along with fellow songwriters John Jarrard and Mark D. Sanders, penned the song “Blue Clear Sky” based on this line. Despite questions about the title, George Strait recorded the song, and it became one of his biggest hits.


“Ain’t Enough Rocks” (Brandy Clark feat. Derek Trucks)

During a viewing of “Forrest Gump,” songwriter Jessie Jo Dillon was struck by the line “Ain’t Enough Rocks.” She shared the idea with Brandy Clark and Jimmy Robbins, resulting in the song of the same name on Clark’s self-titled album. Inspired by Jenny’s tumultuous relationship with her father in the film, Clark’s song follows a similar narrative, exploring themes of abuse and revenge.

“Forrest Gump” (Frank Ocean)

Frank Ocean took an intriguing perspective when writing his track “Forrest Gump” in 2012. He penned the song from the viewpoint of Jenny, using her as a metaphor for his feelings about his first love. Referencing Forrest’s perseverance and running ability, Ocean sings about the impact this person has on his mind.

“Doves in the Wind” (SZA feat. Kendrick Lamar)

SZA and Kendrick Lamar address the role of sex in relationships in their song “Doves in the Wind.” To emphasize their point, SZA references Forrest Gump’s innocent approach to relationships. In the film, Forrest prioritizes romantic devotion over sexual attraction, which SZA sees as the foundation for a successful relationship.