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Looks Like We Made It

"Looks Like We Made It" is a song by American singer Barry Manilow, from his 1976 album, This One's For You, composed by Richard Kerr with lyrics by Will Jennings. It was released as a single on 20 April 1977.

Overview

The song was first released in 1976 on his album This One's For You, and it was released as a single in 1977 where it reached the number one spot on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart.

Despite the optimism suggested by the song's title, the narrator is actually ruminating on the fact that he and his ex-lover have finally found happiness and fulfillment -- though not with each other. They have, indeed, "made it," but apart, not together. In The Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits by Wesley Hyatt (p. 208), songwriter Will Jennings commented, "Richard [Kerr] and I have often remarked on the people, millions of them in the world, who misunderstood the lyric of 'Looks Like We Made It.' It is a rather sad and ironic lyric about making it apart and not together, and of course everyone thinks it is a full on, positive statement. I don't know. Perhaps it is... in a way."

Track listing

  • 7" AS 0244
  • "Looks Like We Made It" – 3:33
  • "New York City Rhythm (Live)"

References

Hyatt, Wesley. The Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits. "Looks Like We Made It," page 208. Billboard Books, 1999.

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