For Labor Day: "Let the River Run"

From Mike Nichols’ “Working Girl.”

Ah, a flashback to the ’80s, complete with big hair, big shoulder pads, big Nikes to walk to work.  A great song (thank you, Ms. Carly Simon) from a great romantic comedy (and when was the last time someone in Hollywood made one of those, anyway?).

And, as an added bonus:  a poignant cameo appearance from the World Trade Center.

“Come, the New Jerusalem…” It was only 1988, but it seems like ancient history.

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  • http://www.learnfromthewildflowers@blogspot.com Joann

    I watched the film last night. Good movie and a tribute to all the unrecognized women and men who sit in little cubicles in tall buildings working hard to feed their families and make a living. It is for them, as well as those who labor in factories, fields, and in service that this holiday is dedicated.

    And it is really a GREAT song.

  • HMS

    Thanks for posting this, Greg. Can’t wait to send it to a relative who is crazy about the song.

    I did some searching for the lyrics. (Carly Simon said that she wanted to sound Whitman-esque. Wish I knew more about his poetry to see his influence on her.)

    But these words of the refrain have struck a chord with me. I’m thinking that they are even more meaningful today when we reflect on the state of our country.

    Let the river run,
    Let all the dreamers
    Wake the nation.
    Come, the New Jerusalem.

    For some reason the words remind me of the speech of Peter at Pentecost:

    This is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘It will come to pass in the last days,’ God says, ‘that I will pour out a portion of my spirit upon all flesh. Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.

  • http://www.gerardnadal.com Gerard Nadal

    From a Staten Island boy, a great big thanks!! A million fond memories from the Ferry and the Trade Center. It does seem like ancient history, and just like yesterday as well. :-)

  • http://breadhere.blogspot.com Fran Rossi Szypylczyn

    Thanks for this! Wow, what memories… My own big hair, trench coat, ginormous shoulder pads and the ubiquitous sneakers and white socks that were the uniform of many a Manhattan working girl in those days.

    However, the “New Jerusalem” and the backdrop of the Towers really choked me up.

    Thank you and peace.

    Like the esteemed Dr. Nadal said above, it is like ancient history and then yesterday at once.

  • http://balancingtheledger.blogspot.com/ Joe Cleary

    Agree with the earlier posts – where did the last 23 years go?

    In that space of time I have gone from a newlywed to a proud dad dropping my oldest child off last week at the same Catholic university her father and grandfathers attended { so far she is not yet reporting her dorm to be Sodom or Corinth Dr Nadal :) } My hair is shorter. I am hopefully a bit wiser. I know I have been blessed more the I deserve over these past 23 years. And I still pause and ponder and even tear up when the WTC shows up in a family photo from a trip to NYC or a movie scene.

    “Come the New Jerusalem” indeed


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