Why don’t we cross the bridge together

Timeless sentiments, Oscar winning song, just right for the day-after-an-election.  Still, it’s a shame the movie hasn’t aged all that well. Twenty-three year-old Maureen McGovern was a secretary who performed on occasion with a local folk band near Youngstown, Ohio when, in the spring of 1972, she received a call from the head of 20th Century Records.  He had heard a demo of her singing and decided to hire her, sight-unseen, to record the theme song for the soundtrack release of 20th Century Fox’s latest action-adventure film, “The Poseidon Adventure”.

Written by Brill Building-based Al Kasha (who was once responsible for signing Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead to publishing contracts) and Joel Hirschord (who later wrote “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Songwriting”), the two men were given a single night to come up with a “love-theme.”  Performed in the film by actress Carol Lynley using a vocal double, McGovern’s recording sold over a million copies and topped the Billboard Charts, while garnering the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

The following year McGovern, Kasha and Hirschord teamed up once more to record yet another Oscar winning song, “We May Never Love Like This Again” for the highest grossing film of 1974, that cautionary tale about the hazards of cheap wiring and big egos, “The Towering Inferno”.

LISTEN TO TODAY’S SELECTION – Wednesday 7 November 

Morning After

There’s got to be a morning after

If we can hold on through the night

We have a chance to find the sunshine

Let’s keep on lookin’ for the light

Oh, can’t you see the morning after

It’s waiting right outside the storm

Why don’t we cross the bridge together

And find a place that’s safe and warm

It’s not too late, we should be giving

Only with love can we climb

It’s not too late, not while we’re living

Let’s put our hands out in time

There’s got to be a morning after

We’re moving closer to the shore

I know we’ll be there by tomorrow

And we’ll escape the darkness

We won’t be searchin’ any more

There’s got to be a morning after…

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