♫ Somewhere Out There ♫

The first time I heard this song was when I saw An American Tail … probably some years after its 1986 release.  It’s a cute film and I fell in love with the song.  The only other song I can remember right offhand from that film is There Are No Cats In America, the title of which, of course, is a blatant lie!

The song was written by James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and produced by Peter Asher and Steve Tyrell.  It is sung by James Ingram and Linda Ronstadt.  The story goes that Stephen Spielberg, who produced An American Tail, invited songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil to collaborate with James Horner on four songs for its soundtrack, to be completed in a four-week timeframe. The composers “felt no pressure to come up with a radio-friendly hit” and were surprised when Spielberg felt the song had Top 40 hit potential and recruited world-renowned recording artists, Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram, to record a pop version of it for the film’s closing credits.

At the 30th Grammy Awards, the song won two awards, one for Song of the Year and the other for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television. It also garnered Ronstadt and Ingram a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Somewhere Out There
James Ingram, Linda Ronstadt

Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight
Someone’s thinking of me and loving me tonight
Somewhere out there someone’s saying a prayer
That we’ll find one another in that dream somewhere out there

And even though I know how very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishin’ on the same bright star
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky

Somewhere out there, if love can see us through
Then we’ll be together somewhere out there
Out where dreams come true

And even though I know how very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishin’ on the same bright star
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky

Somewhere out there, if love can see us through
Then we’ll be together somewhere out there
Out where dreams come true

Songwriters: James Horner / Cynthia Weil / Barry Mann
Somewhere Out There lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

16 thoughts on “♫ Somewhere Out There ♫

  1. An American Tail was a movie that my Son and I took my young daughter’s to see around Thanksgiving in 1986. The only reason that he went was because it gave him a chance to use his new driver’s license. He tolerated the “kiddie movie” with graciousness, he knew that we would go out to eat afterward. The girls loved it and shed tears of sorrow and joy throughout. “Somewhere Out There” became my eldest daughter’s lifeline to her absent Father and she has kept the old VHS tape and song track to this day. She blamed me for his leaving, even though that wasn’t the case. The younger always blamed him, to her the song had no meaning other than as part of the movie. For my part, I thought the movie was sweet and loved the song for what it was…a beautiful song. Four people saw the same movie and heard the same song with four different responses! If you consider Benjamin’s response to the movie, it becomes five…he was rooting for the cats, he loves cats! The song is unrated by him. Thank-you!

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    • Just goes to show … we all see life through our own eyes and with our own perspective, in whatever way it fits our perception of life. I’m with Benjamin … Bring on the cats!!!

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  2. OH Girl, now you really touched my heart! Love this song and the significance it has. I bought the sheet music for it and played it on the piano again and again and again, singing about my dear love who was 500 miles plus away when we were dating!
    Such a sweet song and Fifel the mouse was so cute for sure! Thanks for the romantic memory! And I am glad that my love is no longer 500 miles plus away. 🙂

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    • Awwww … I’m so glad I stirred a special memory for you! And … I’m glad your love is no longer 500 miles away! Hmmm … that reminds me of the Peter, Paul & Mary song by that title! Haven’t heard that one in a while … 😉

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  3. Jill, this is a great song. It may have taken up a notch the quality of the songs in later kids’ based films. In addition to the great duet, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil are prolific songwriters and Peter Asher was part of a duo back in the 1960s and became a renowned producer.

    As a parent, the music and adult comedy in these films kept them interesting for us. After watching them multiple times, that helps. Keith

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    • I agree … there came a point where the quality of music in animated films improved dramatically, giving us Elton singing in The Lion King, and others. Yes, I can relate to watching them over and over … and over. Natasha’s favourite when she was 3-4 was Winnie the Pooh’s Grand Adventure, which we had to watch EVERY night for several weeks! Then came the Lion King, and at one time I could cite the dialog from that one word for word! 🙂

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  4. This song has particular significance for me because at the time of the movie’s release my children were young and my second oldest was about four. When he was staying for his time with his Dad (year on, year off) we spoke every weekend and I would sing it to him on the phone. He loved the movie and I loved the song. It was a terrible, beautiful time of my life. We all survived. 😊

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    • What a sad, yet wonderful memory. I cannot even begin to imagine your pain when he was spending a full year with his dad! I’m so glad you survived … as the old expression goes, “That which doesn’t kill us can only make us stronger”. Sigh. Hugs!

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      • So true. I weep more now for those lost days than I did back then. It was about surviving and giving positive influence to my boys. All things do work for good though. As adults they don’t dight among themselves and we are very close. Absence truly does put things into perspective, heartwise. Thanks Jill.

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        • I can relate. I did not have your trauma, but working 3 jobs to support 3 kids, one severely handicapped, plus grad school at nights. We just did what had to be done … survived. But then comes a point when it’s all done, you can sit down and breathe, and it hits you like a ton of bricks! How the h$%% did I ever manage all that??? I am glad to know that you are all close now. I guess that old adage is true: What doesn’t kill us can only make us stronger. Hugs!

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