The Morning After by Maureen McGovern (20th Century, 1973)

It wasn’t good to be a McGovern in 1972. Senator George got his ass handed to him in the November presidential election. Maureen was a secretary eking out a meager living. But as the year turned to 1973, Maureen’s fortunes had changed. She was hired to sing the theme song to the latest disaster movie, The Poseidon Adventure. Surprisingly the movie was #1 at the box office in 1973 and the theme won an Oscar. This prompted 20th Century Records to release it as a single where it went to #1 in July 1973. [George went back to being a South Dakota Senator.]

How people could sit through this torturous film is beyond me? Outside of Gene Hackman, it’s a who who’s of overacting. So I assume this record’s popularity had to do with the movie’s or how else did this song become so big? This song is so cheesy you’d think Packers fans would wear this 45 on their heads on a Sunday at Lambeau Field. I’m not sure how you write a theme about a capsized boat where people have to climb to the bottom to get out. How’s that for a metaphor?

I mean, are you kidding me with:

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 lookin’ for the light

Did two coal miners fall in love and get trapped? This sounds 0% romantic and 100% tragic. Has this couple been left for dead in a ditch? This song was played at weddings!

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

Whoa, hold on! If you can see the morning after then why are you hoping to hold on thru the night? Cross the damn bridge already.

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

This is the aural version of those sad-eyed cards that say Love Is… I can’t even go with this song. Thankfully it only lasts a little over 2 minutes. I have been haunted by this song in elevators, dentist offices and drug stores ever since I was a child. In fact I think this might be the reason why they named the abortion pill, The Morning After.

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     /  January 7, 2017

    It’s not “cheesy”- it’s a modern secular hymn! It’s a tremendously inspiring song that beautifully goes straight to the point – that there is a coming of an end to an overwhelming challenge or struggle.

  2. Max

     /  July 4, 2017

    I’ll land square in the middle here . It’s far from the worst 70’s dreck but dreck nonetheless. Jeff- modern secular hymn?.. No. “Bridge Over Troubled Water”? …Yes


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