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"Wicked Always Wins"
Song Information
Written by Alan Zachary &
Michael Weiner
Duration 3:11
Release date May 5, 2017
Show Information
Appears in "The Song in Your Heart"
Song Chronology
Previous Song "Revenge Is Gonna Be Mine"
Next Song "Charmings vs. Evil Queen"
♫ I'll give her a magic gift
To bring the Charmings down
[...] When he learns this spell was mine
Oh Rumple he will see
He should have chosen me. ♫
Zelena src

"Wicked Always Wins" is a song featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner. It débuts in the twentieth episode of the sixth season.

This song was released on May 5, 2017, as part of Once Upon a Time: The Musical Episode.


Before First Curse

Using a mirror enchantment, Zelena spies on her half-sister Regina as she speaks with Rumplestiltskin and asks for his help in stopping the singing spell cast by Snow White and Prince Charming. Rumplestiltskin refuses to help her, telling her that now is her chance to prove that he chose the right witch. Delighted that Rumplestiltskin is doubting his decision to betray her, Zelena breaks into song, finding joy in the fact that Regina will soon understand the pain she's felt for her entire life. She takes a joy ride on her broomstick to the Munchkin Village, playfully chasing the terrified Munchkins around as she continues to sing about her mother, who abandoned her, and how Regina has taken her life for granted. She suddenly realizes that, instead of just reveling in Regina's defeat, she can use it to her advantage and returns to the Emerald City to brew up a different kind of spell that she can give to Regina to take away Snow and Charming's singing abilities, as she wishes to reveal it as her own spell afterwards and show Rumplestiltskin that he made the wrong choice. ("The Song in Your Heart")

Although Regina successfully uses the spell to remove the song from everyone, including her sister, Zelena does not follow through with her plan as her memory of singing is wiped by the Blue Fairy, who hopes to protect the songs she put inside of Snow White's unborn daughter's heart to be used against the Black Fairy in the future, giving her a happy ending. ("The Song in Your Heart")

After Third Curse

After her family is frozen by the Black Fairy and Mr. Gold, Emma believes that the only way to save them is to give the Black Fairy her heart. As she prepares to do this, Henry discovers a page from his book showing the Blue Fairy put the kingdom's songs in Emma's heart and rushes to her, revealing as the Black Fairy fails to crush Emma's heart that the songs give Emma power. Henry returns Emma's heart to her as she begins to sing, realizing that everyone she loves was with her throughout her life, thanks to their songs that were always inside her all this time. ("The Song in Your Heart")



Finally, the moment I was hoping would come
The moment he would realize he chose the wrong one
There isn't any curse I could cast to match this feeling
The pain I knew when Rumple turned his back on my heart
At last will be Regina's when her life falls apart
Suddenly the future's looking more appealing
Once I was filled with rage
Now I'll enjoy the ride
It's so electrifying
Watching all her dreams denied
Oh, I will fly into tomorrow
My sister full of sorrow
Finally paying for her sins
I'll smile, all the while she is crying
Inside she's slowly dying
Learning wicked always wins
Oh, evil may be powerful
But wicked always wins
If mum could see me now, she would ache with regret
Cause she'd witness all the glory wickedness gets
She went and made Regina queen, and my blood boil
But that's all history
Time they all understood
What they call "green with envy"
I just call "looking good"
Oh, I will fly into tomorrow
My sister full of sorrow
Finally paying for her sins
No strife, her life was so enchanted
She took it all for granted
Now she'll dream all could-have-beens
Oh, evil may be powerful
But wicked always-
Full of sorrow

So enchanted
For granted

Wicked always-

Zelena: Wait... Why just revel in her demise when I can use it to my advantage?

I'll give her a magic gift
To bring the Charmings down
When Regina stands victorious
I'll swoop right into town
When he learns this spell was mine
Oh Rumple he will see
He should have chosen me
So I will fly into tomorrow
Delighting in her sorrow
As a better day begins
This time nobody's gonna stop me
No evil's gonna top me
Oh, wicked always wins
A happy ending will be mine
Cause wicked always wins

It's a better day
Stop me
No evil's gonna top me
Wicked always wins


Song Notes

  • About the song, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis say it is "Zelena's moment to shine" as "Rebecca does a phenomenal job with that song". They added, "it's all sort of pertaining to the stuff that is happening".[1]
  • According to Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, they jokingly referred to this song as "Total Eclipse of the Witch",[2] as the song is inspired by Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart".

Other Notes



  1. Aguilera, Leanne (May 1, 2017). EXCLUSIVE: 'Once Upon a Time' Bosses Break Down Our 5 Most Anticipated Songs from the Musical Episode!. Entertainment Tonight. “"Wicked Always Wins": "It's a solo for Zelena," Horowitz reveals. "She is amazing and Rebecca [Mader] does a phenomenal job with that song. We don't want to give away exactly what is going in it, but it's all sort of pertaining to the stuff that is happening.""I would say that this is Zelena's moment to shine," Kitsis adds. "And she's never been shy of the spotlight."”
  2. TwitterLogo @zacharynweiner (Zachary and Weiner) on Twitter (May 8, 2017). "We jokingly refer to "Wicked Always Wins" as "Total Eclipse of the Witch."" (screenshot)
  3. Rebecca Mader Sings Wicked Always Wins. YouTube (June 13, 2017).
  4. Bex Mader singing Wicked Always Wins! Vancouver 2018. YouTube (March 18, 2018).

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