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Carly Simon was sleeping at her home on Martha’s Vineyard earlier this month when she got an early-morning call from Jack Potter. “He said, ‘This is the Postmaster General,’ ” she says. “You kind of sit up when that happens.”

Frank Krimmel and Jon Mandel at Grey in New York were doing a TV spot for the U.S. Postal Service using Simon’s Oscar-winning song “Let the River Run” from Working Girl. But a lyric had to be changed and a copy of the recording punched up. Soon after Potter’s call, Simon met the Grey team at Parr Audio on the Vineyard.

“There are so many people to be respected, admired, applauded and encouraged in this drama,” she tells Shoptalk. “The postal workers are the great unsung heroes.”

In the 60-second spot, which broke Nov. 11, the song plays over sepia-toned shots of postal workers. Onscreen copy cele brates their “duty, honor and pride,” and offers a variation on the USPS credo: “And neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a nation challenged will stay us from the swift completion of our appointed rounds. Ever.”

The song’s line “Come the new Jerusalem” became “Come, the day has just begun” so it wouldn’t sound noninclusive, says Simon.

Asked if she feels safe living in the woods of Massachusetts, Simon replies, “If you’re just concentrating on personal safety, yes. If you’re a believer in destiny, no.”