"I am a working class person and these people in the film 'An Officer and a Gentleman' trying to make it, they are my people. The mountain imagery is about striving for the top - people often don't hear the lyric right - it is 'Where eagles cry, on a mountain high' instead of 'Where eagles fly, on a mountain high' - if you have ever heard an eagle cry, the power and beauty of it and all the wild freedom of it, you will get the distinction. As far as "All I know is the way I feel...' well, if you have nothing else to tell you what to do in your life, you have to go with the way you feel... if you are lost, you have only your instinct and passion to guide you." - Will Jennings (songwriter)
"On stage Joe understood exactly what we were doing. Beautiful. I miss that very much. I felt very alive being on stage with him, because it was always live and it was always free and open and caring. He wasn't going to step on my note and I wasn't going to step on his. We felt free to take chances. It was like being in Cirque du Soleil or something - a partner hoping they'll catch you. He always did and I always caught him. That's fun. That's the beauty of singing." - Jennifer Warnes
I almost didn't want to record "Up Where We Belong", the demo was dreadful! But the 'Up' part, is what made me realize it had hit potential. It was so unusual – that 'Love, lift us up ... '' - Joe Cocker
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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