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"There's Got to Be a Way" is a song and the fifth single by Mariah Carey from her album, Mariah Carey. The song was written by Mariah Carey and Rick Wake, and produced by Rick Wake. The song was recorded in February 1990 and was officially released as the fifth single on May 6, 1991. Mariah lobbied to co-produce the song, but she was denied permission by Columbia Records. The song was released as the final single from her debut album in the second quarter of 1991 in the United Kingdom and other European markets.
In order to maintain a then-unbroken string of number one Billboard Hot 100 singles, the song was not released in the United States and received little promotion. The single was released instead of "I Don't Wanna Cry" for the UK market and failed to reach the top 40 where Mariah's previous three singles managed to.
The protagonist of this dance song declares "There's got to be a way to connect this world today" and pleads for other ways to help fix the state of the world. It is one of Mariah Carey's few socially conscious songs and deals with racism and poverty. The song is notable for featuring a gospel choir singing the chorus near the end of the song in the vein of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror".
The single's video which was directed by Larry Jordan, starts off with Mariah walking the streets as she laments homeless people and racism. She is soon joined by friends, and they all break into an impromptu dance in the street. Remixes of the song were commissioned by Shep Pettibone. The 7" remix was also used for the music video.
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