Up Where We Belong


Songwriters: Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Will Jennings
Performer: Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes
Category: 80s

This was a hit that almost wasn't. It was the song played for the final scene of "An Officer and a Gentleman," where Richard Gere's character comes to Paula's factory dressed in his full white naval uniform and carries her out of the building.

The movie's producer, Don Simpson, tried to lobby to have the song cut out, saying that it wasn't a good song, that it wasn't a hit. Thank goodness his wishes weren't followed, because the song is a classic today, and it won both a Golden Globe AND an Oscar in 1983 for Best Original Song, as well as other awards. It also stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks.


Sheet music (piano/vocal, can be piano solo)


LYRICS

Who knows what tomorrow brings
In a world, few hearts survive
All I know, is the way I feel
When it's real, I keep my pray alive

The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb steps every day

CHORUS
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry, on a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Up where the clear winds blow

Some hang on to "used-to-be"
Live their lives locking behind
All we have is here and now
All our lives, out there to find

The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb steps every day

CHORUS

Time goes by
No time to cry
Life's you and I, alive, baby

CHORUS x2


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