The Morning After (Maureen McGovern song)

The Morning After (Maureen McGovern Song)

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"The Morning After" (aka "The Song from 'The Poseidon Adventure'") is a song first released in May 1973. It was the first success for singer Maureen McGovern and used as the love theme for the film The Poseidon Adventure, which was released late the year before.

Beginnings

The song was written in March 1972 by 20th Century Fox songwriters Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, who were asked to write the love theme for The Poseidon Adventure in one night. In the end, the finished product was called "Why Must There Be a Morning After?" but changes by the record label resulted in the song's more optimistic title (as evidenced by the new lyric of "There's got to be a morning after"). In the end titles of the film, it is officially called "The Song from The Poseidon Adventure", though it would become best known by the alternate title, "The Morning After".

The song is performed in the film by the character of Nonnie, played by Carol Lynley, but is actually sung by a vocal double, Renee Armand. It appears twice, during a warm-up rehearsal and then later during the New Year's Eve party early in the film. The lyrics relate to the themes of the film, as a band of passengers survive the capsizing of the ship SS Poseidon and have to escape the sinking wreck.

When the film became a hit, Russ Regan, manager of 20th Century Records, suggested that Maureen McGovern, who had sent...
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