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Let the River Run

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"Let the River Run" is a song first featured in the 1988 film Working Girl, with music and lyrics by Carly Simon.[1] The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1989.[1] The song also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 46th Golden Globe Awards, tying with "Two Hearts" by Phil Collins and Lamont Dozier from Buster, in 1989,[2] and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1990.[3]

The Working Girl soundtrack also contains a choral version of the track featuring The St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys of New York City.[4] The album peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200.[5]

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[Chorus: Ed Sheeran] I've been a liar, been a thief Been a lover, been a cheat All my sins need holy water, feel it washing over me A little one, I don't want to admit to something If all it's gonna cause is pain Truth in my lies right now are falling like the rain So let the river run I've been a liar, been a thief Been a lover, been a cheat All my sins need holy water, feel it washing over me A little one, I don't want to admit to something If all it's gonna cause is pain Truth in my lies right now are falling like the rain So let the river run [Verse 1: 2Pac] As soon as I leave the house you wanna page me See you got me trapped I'm goin crazy this is slavery You act like it's outrageous, just give me space and we'll get better And maybe we won't argue and be through with all these sorry letters Soon as I come home it's like I get the third degree Where you been and who you wit, I get no room to breathe It makes me wanna leave, I'm sick of these tricks up your sleeve Your suspicious I deceive, gimme grief without belief But to me, if you really trust me then it's pitiful Question me about my whereabouts, that's so trivial Let me live my life and you can live yours Just be there to help me and support me that's what you're here for Not to give me stress and add to pressure Home is where I go to rest, I go to pass the test I'm sorry if I left you all alone But I couldn't make it home, so we argue on the phone Don't you trust me? [Chorus: Ed Sheeran] I've been a liar, been a thief Been a lover, been a cheat All my sins need holy water, feel it washing over me A little one, I don't want to admit to something If all it's gonna cause is pain Truth in my lies right now are falling like the rain So let the river run [Verse 2: 2Pac] Callin up my house then hangin up, you think that makes sense? Tell me what it takes for us to shake so we can be friends It's time for us to take our seperate paths We had a lot of laughs but the good's become the past Let's make it an even break, don't make it scandalous Try and be mature, I'm pretty sure that we can handle this You're sayin I'm too busy, I ignore you I guess you didn't hear me when I said that I, cared for you But now it seems the arguments are nightly I wanna hold you tightly but instead you wanna fight me So why let it stress and aggravate me Instead I'd rather break, hope you don't hate me You tell me that you love me but you're lyin Fightin back the urge to just start cryin I'll wipe away your tears, come and hug me I love you like you love ME, girl But Don't you trust me? [Chorus: Ed Sheeran] I've been a liar, been a thief Been a lover, been a cheat All my sins need holy water, feel it washing over me A little one, I don't want to admit to something If all it's gonna cause is pain Truth in my lies right now are falling like the rain So let the river run [Verse 3: 2Pac] I hang up the phone, I can't bear to hear you yellin at me Maybe we should end it, neither one of us are happy You know that I'm emotional, you milk me Comin over cryin just to get me feelin guilty You and me were meant to be and yet You always wanna sweat, how much closer can we get Don't fret, just let me pack my things and I'll be outtie This time I'm breakin out, you let your mouth overcrowd me I can't take the beefin and the griefin I get no room to sleep, I hope to see some cause I'm leaving Maybe next time you'll be a little more sure And I can give you more when you mature But baby until then I gotta leave ya It's not that I don't need ya but SEE YA And I hope you understand why I bust it Not because we rushed it, Hell Nah, Don't you trust me? [Chorus: Ed Sheeran] I've been a liar, been a thief Been a lover, been a cheat All my sins need holy water, feel it washing over me A little one, I don't want to admit to something If all it's gonna cause is pain Truth in my lies right now are falling like the rain So let the river run

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Personnel

Composition and commercial performance

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. A statement on Simon's official website acknowledges that "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."[6] However, the phrase "new Jerusalem" has been recognized by other observers as an allusion to the works of William Blake.[7]

As a single, the song reached peak positions of #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 (her last charting song as a solo artist on this chart to date), and #11 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in early 1989.[8] The song remains one of Simon's best remembered and most recognizable hits.

Charts

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA Charts) 91
UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company) 79
US Billboard Hot 100 49
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 11

Legacy

Simon at the 61st Academy Awards (March 1989).
Simon at the 61st Academy Awards (March 1989).

"Let the River Run" is the first of only two songs to have won all three major awards (Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy) while being composed and written, as well as performed, entirely by a single artist[9] – the other being "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen from Philadelphia. Barbra Streisand shared the Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy for "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)" which she composed and wrote with lyricist Paul Williams (for which she also won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance). Annie Lennox won all three awards – for "Into the West" from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, sharing all three with co-composer and lyricists Fran Walsh and Howard Shore. More recently, Adele received the Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy for her "Skyfall" theme, co-written with producer Paul Epworth for the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall.

In 2001, the song was used for an advertisement for the United States Postal Service in the wake of the 2001 anthrax attacks.[10]

In 2004, the song was used in the end scene of the film Little Black Book,[11] Simon herself appeared in the film also. That same year, the song was ranked at #91 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.[12]

In 2009, Simon re-recorded the song for her album Never Been Gone.[13] On September 11 of that year, Simon performed the song with her children, Sally Taylor and Ben Taylor, at the World Trade Center site to honor the lives lost in the destruction of the Twin Towers eight years earlier.[14]

In 2014 Simon released a single of the song covered by Máiréad Carlin and Damian McGinty which was Derry (Northern Ireland) City of Culture anthem. McGinty and Carlin sang the song with Simon during the Oceana Partners Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, Ca.[15][16]

References

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 136. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Internet Movie Database. "Carly Simon - Awards". Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  3. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Awards". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on October 19, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Working Girl Soundtrack". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
  5. ^ "Awards". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  6. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Ask Carly". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  7. ^ And did those feet in ancient time
  8. ^ "Carly Simon - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-01-11.
  9. ^ "ASCAP Pop Music Award 2012". ASCAP. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  10. ^ Coloribus Creative Advertising Archive. "USPS "PRIDE" TV Commercial". Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  11. ^ Internet Movie Database. "Little Black Book". Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  12. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs". June 22, 2004. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  13. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Never Been Gone". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on September 19, 2010. Retrieved 2014-08-09.
  14. ^ NBC New York.com. "9/11 Victims Honored at Ground Zero". Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  15. ^ "McGinty and Carlin represent Derry". Irish Music Daily. 16 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - News". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on June 26, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-09.

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