"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 Ric Wake, and produced by Ric 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.

Song BackgroundEdit

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".

Critical reception Edit

In Chris Nickson's review of the song he states: “There’s Got to Be a Way” was, lyrically, a piece of social concern about some of the ills in our society: homelessness, apartheid, bigotry (a subject close to Mari- ah’s heart), and famine. Restrained in the verses, the chorus had a “churchy” feel, mostly due to the backing vocals, which began to take off before the middle instrumental break and then soared at the key change close to the song’s end as Mariah began to demonstrate fully the extent of her range, flitting through the upper register like a bird.[1]

Music VideoEdit

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.

George Floyd Snippet Edit

On May 25 2020, George Floyd (an african-american man) was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota by a police officer. The death of Floyd ignited a nationwide protest demanding justice for his killing.[2] On May 28, Mariah posted an image of Floyd with the caption:

Say His Name. #GeorgeFloyd 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤‬

– Mariah via Instagram on May 28, 2020[3]

On May 30, Mariah posted a video of her singing "There's Got to Be a Way" in response to his killing.[4][5]The video of her singing the song captions:

I wrote this song for my first album. Still looking for answers today. We have to make a change. We can't be silent. #BlackLivesMatter

Text 'FLOYD' to 55156 to demand #JusticeForFloyd 🎵 I don't understand how there can be regulated bigotry There's got to be a way to connect this world today 🎵

– Mariah via Instagram on May 30, 2020 [6]

The snippet of her singing the lines "I don't understand how there can be regulated bigotry. There's got to be a way to connect this world today" would be her first live performance of the song.


Country Peak
UK Singles Chart 54

References Edit

  1. Mariah Carey Revisited: The Unauthorized Biography by Chris Nickson via Scribd
  2. Thousands march in Boston, demanding justice for George Floyd
  3. George Floyd Quote and Image Post - May 2020
  4. Mariah Carey Sings 'There's Got to Be a Way' in Response to George Floyd's Death: Watch
  5. Mariah Carey belts out There's Got to Be a Way as she demands justice for George Floyd... 30 years after 1990 release
  6. Theres Got to Be A Way Live via Instagram

See also Edit

Mariah Carey
Songs"Vision of Love" · "There's Got to Be a Way" · "I Don't Wanna Cry" · "Someday" · "Vanishing" · "All in Your Mind" · "Alone in Love" · "You Need Me" · "Sent From Up Above" · "Prisoner" · "Love Takes Time"
Featured artistsN/A
[[Category:Single [[Category:Songs]
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.