Let The River Run

Album: Working Girl Soundtrack (1988)
Charted: 49

Songfacts®:

  • Simon wrote this for the movie Working Girl, starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver. In 1989, it won both an Oscar and a Grammy for Best Song From A Movie. "Let The River Run" also tied with Phil Collins' "Two Hearts" for Best Original Song at the Golden Globe Awards. >>
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    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • According to a FAQ on Carly Simon's website, she found inspiration for the lyrics by first reading the original Working Girl script, and then Walt Whitman's poetry. Musically, Simon has described the song as "a hymn to New York" and an "anthem with a jungle beat," contrasting those opposites in a compelling way.
  • "Let the River Run" was the first song created entirely by one artist to win an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy. The second to achieve this distinction was "Streets Of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen from Philadelphia.
  • The Working Girl soundtrack also contains a choral version of "Let The River Run" featuring The St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys of New York City.
  • In 2001 the United States Postal Service used a version of the song with slightly modified lyrics for a commercial that aired shortly after 9/11 and the 2001 anthrax attacks. The phrases "Silver Cities Rise" and "The New Jerusalem" took on a new meaning for many following these terrorist atrocities, though Simon denied writing any particular political and/or religious meanings.
  • "Let The River Run" was used during several key moments in the first episode of season 2 of the psychological horror anthology web television series Castle Rock, which premiered on October 23, 2019. It played during the same month behind the closing credits of season 31, episode 2 of The Simpsons.

Comments: 5

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 29th 1989, at the 61st Academy Awards ceremonies "Let the River Run" won the Oscar for 'Best Original Song'*...
    * The other two nominees were "Two Hearts" from the movie 'Buster' and "Calling You" from the film 'Bagdad Cafe'.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhThis was the first of only two songs to have won an Oscar, Golden Globe, and 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 Philadelphia).
  • Camille from Toronto, OhThe song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 61st Academy Awards in 1989.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhHey, how does Carly Simon manage to look so incredibly sexy dressed in a black coat that completely covers her up. You clearly see the Twin Towers behind on the New York lower Manhattan skyline.
  • Robin from Bolton, United KingdomOn Carly's website, it says that she found inspiration for the lyrics by first reading the original script, and then by 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.
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