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Let the River Run" is a song first featured in the 1988 film , with music and lyrics by Working Girl Carly Simon. The song won the [1 ] Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1989. The song also won a [1 ] Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 46th Golden Globe Awards, tying with " Two Hearts" by Phil Collins and Lamont Dozier from , in Buster 1989, and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1990.
It was the first of only two songs to have won all three awards (Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy) while being composed and written, as well as performed, entirely by a single artist – the other being "
Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen from (1993: Oscar, 1994: Golden Globe and two Grammys.) Philadelphia Barbra Streisand shared the Oscar (1976), Golden Globe (1977) and Grammy (1977) for " Evergreen (Love Theme from )" which she composed and wrote with lyricist A Star is Born Paul Williams (for which she also won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance). Annie Lennox won all three awards – 2003 Oscar and Golden Globe, 2004 Grammy – for " Into the West" from , sharing all three with co-composer and lyricists The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Fran Walsh and Howard Shore.
Carly Simon has stated that she found inspiration for the lyrics by first reading the original script, and then the poems of
Walt Whitman. Musically, she wanted to write a hymn to New York with a contemporary jungle beat under it, so as to juxtapose those opposites in a compelling way. The phrases "Silver Cities Rise" and "The New Jerusalem" seem to have taken on a new meaning for many people, but the song was not originally composed with any particular political and/or religious overtones. [2 ]
Working Girl soundtrack also contained a choral version featuring The St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys of New York City.
single, the song reached peak positions of number 49 on the , and number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in early 1989.
In 2001, the song was used for an
advertisement for the United States Postal Service in the wake of the 2001 anthrax attacks. In 2004, the song was used in the end scene of the film . Little Black Book
"Let the River Run" was re-released on Carly Simon's album
Never Been Gone on October 27, 2009.
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