The Morning After

Maureen McGovern

About The Morning After

"The Morning After" (also known as "The Song from The Poseidon Adventure") is a song written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn for the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure. It won the 1972 Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 45th Academy Awards in March 1973. After the film's release, it was recorded by Maureen McGovern and became a hit single for her following its release in May 1973. It was a number-one hit in the US for two weeks during August 1973, and became a Gold record. Billboard ranked it as the No. 28 song for 1973. 


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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 looking 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 searching anymore

There's got to be a morning after
(There's got to be a morning after)
There's got to be a morning after
(There's got to be a morning after)
There's got to be a morning after
(There's got to be a morning after)
There's got to be a morning after
(There's got to be a morning after)

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Maureen McGovern

Maureen Therese McGovern (born July 27, 1949) is an American singer and Broadway actress, well known for her premier renditions of the Oscar-winning songs "The Morning After" from the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure, and "We May Never Love Like This Again" from The Towering Inferno in 1974. more »

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15 facts about this song

Genre Classification
"The Morning After" by Maureen McGovern is a pop song and specifically falls under the sub-genre of 'soft rock.'
Historical Significance
The song was originally released in 1972 on the soundtrack of the disaster movie, "The Poseidon Adventure."
"The Morning After" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1973.
Peak Position
In the summer of 1973, the song reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.
Musical Composition
The song was written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn.
Maureen McGovern re-recorded "The Morning After" in 1979 and again in 1997, signifying the song's popular appeal.
Soundtrack Success
The song is often associated with disaster movies, as it became an unofficial theme for 1970s disaster films after "The Poseidon Adventure."
Cultural Impact
It's memorable opening line, "There's got to be a morning after," has been referenced and parodied in many TV shows, movies, and other forms of media.
Significant Career Boost
"The Morning After" was Maureen McGovern’s first major hit, making her a recognizable figure in the music industry.
Despite being almost 50 years old, the song continues to be played on soft rock and easy listening radio stations, reflecting its enduring appeal.
The song has been utilized in many film and television soundtracks, most notably in "Airplane!" and more recently in "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy."
Other Artists’ Covers
Numerous artists, including Matt Monro and Gladys Knight & The Pips, have covered "The Morning After".
Album Detail
The song's initial release did not belong to any album. It was only after the single's success that McGovern's debut album was released in 1973, featuring this track.
Iconic Lyrics
Its lyrics, centered around maintaining hope and resilience despite strife, have resonated with many listeners over the decades.
International Success
Outside the United States, the song also achieved success, reaching the Top 10 in the Canadian charts.

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