I have an ear worm stuck in my head, but it is only a phrase.

It definitely is a slow ballad sung by a female (it might be a duet), and the phrase (which is the beginning of the first verse) goes something like this (not true to the pitch, only true to the intervals):

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I'm very confident in the first part and not so sure if the green is just my imagined continuation of the phrase. It feels like it is somewhere from a musical (Disney movie maybe?) but I have no idea.

I've had this stuck in my head for a few days now, so I decided to give it a shot and ask here. Sorry for the lack of further information, it'll be nothing less than a miracle if someone recognises this.

Edit to add: Here are the harmonies (I - IV - V) and how I think they were arranged: enter image description here

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    Based on the non-green part, the first song that comes to me is "You Light Up My Life." Female vocalist, but doesn't jibe with the rest of your memories. If possible, very helpful if you know how (some of) the given notes fit into the underlying harmony. (e.g., Is the first pitch the root of a chord, the third...?) Also helpful if you have a suggestion as to how old the song might be.
    – Aaron
    Jul 23, 2020 at 20:09
  • @Aaron I don't think it's You Light Up My Life. This phrase is definitely the beginning of the first verse. Sadly, I have no idea whatsoever how old this song could be. I'd guess 80s till now
    – Narusan
    Jul 23, 2020 at 20:39
  • Stumped so far. Thoughts on musical texture (lots of instruments; just a few), instrumentation, mood (happy; sad; triumphant), accompanying imagery; ...?
    – Aaron
    Jul 30, 2020 at 4:58
  • @Aaron Just a few instruments, I think the song opens with only voice and piano. The mood is similar to Skyfall or Ashes, starting sad and reaching a climax in the chorus. Lyrics might be „all on my own“/„all by myself“ in the beginning.
    – Narusan
    Jul 30, 2020 at 5:38
  • For what it is worth: Found it, it’s the song Husavik from Netflix Eurovision Musical, the lyrics actually start with „all by myself“
    – Narusan
    Jan 1 at 11:39

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Sheet Music

You Light Up My Life originally by Kasy Cisyk (1977) but best known by Debby Boone was released in 1977, so was I...so it's a 42 year old song. Others have done remakes like LeAnn Rimes (1997), Yuki Saito (1994), and Whitney Houston (2002). There were also male vocalists released but you said it was female. Hope that helped.

  • That’s a good guess and I feel like stylistically, it goes to the right direction. But that’s not it, the harmony of the phrase is off and it’s the chorus, not the verses which features the phrase.
    – Narusan
    Jul 30, 2020 at 5:36

Long shots, but maybe one of these fits?...

  • No I know both of these, and they’re definitely not it. I‘m extremely certain that the song starts with the piano arrangement at the end of my question.
    – Narusan
    Jul 30, 2020 at 6:23
  • Well, it ought to have been "On My Own", because that's better than whatever other song you might have actually had in mind. And since I'm in imaginary, comical "ought to" land (and no offense to Lea Salonga), the Éponine we ought to be linking to is Samantha Barks.
    – mlibby
    Oct 7, 2020 at 0:05

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