Song of the Day, March 11: Let the River Run by Carly Simon

CarlyRiverToday’s song is Carly Simon’s Let the River Run. She wrote it for the Mike Nichols film Working Girl, a comedy with a feminist backbone starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver. After reading the script, Simon was re-reading the poetry of Walt Whitman. The two merged in her mind, and she decided to craft a hymn to New York. The song is anthemic and soaring, with a contemporary backbeat that’s nicely suited to the movie. The result is a stunning song that shows off Simon in fine voice — a beautiful, compelling track that serves the film well and stands alone as a dramatic, empowering song of hope.

Let the River Run was nominated for Best Original Song at the 61st Annual Academy Awards — one of six Oscar nods for the film. It turned out to be the movie’s lone winner, making Carly Simon the first woman to win the award as the sole writer of a song. She also took home the Golden Globe in the same category and a Grammy for best song written for film or TV. Simon became the first person to win all three awards after writing and performing the song. The track is also her last Hot 100 entry; although it only made it to #49, it is one of her most recognized and well-loved songs.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

2 Responses to Song of the Day, March 11: Let the River Run by Carly Simon

  1. William says:

    A modern day Standard, for sure!

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