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A SONG FOR YOU 1972

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Following on from the success of 1971's self-titled album, the duo released "A Song for You" in mid 1972.
Several songs stand out from this album
"Goodbye to Love":  Richard had the melody for this song in his head while the Carpenters toured England in 1971.  They saw an old film in which the actors talked of a song called Goodbye to Love.  While the song was alluded to in the film, you never actually heard it.
"Top of the World":  After this song was completed, both Richard and Karen felt this was not a bad album cut.  How wrong they were.  The album went platinum on that one song alone.  So popular was the song that radio stations were charting the song purely on requests.  It wasn't long before it was released as a single in 1973.

A SONG FOR YOU
Words and music
By Leon Russell
 
I've been so many places in my life and times
I've sung a lot of songs, I've made some bad rhymes
I've acted out my love in stages
With ten thousand people watching
 
But we're alone and I am singing this song for you
 
I know your image of me is what I hope to be
I've treated you unkindly but darling can't you see?
There's no one more important to me
Darling can't you please see through me
 
Cause we're alone and I am singing this song for you
 
You taught me precious secrets
Of a truth withholding nothing
You came out in front
And I was hiding
 
But now I'm so much better
And if my words don't come together
Listen to the melody
Cause my love is in there hiding
 
I Love you in a place where there's no space or time
I love you for in my life you are a friend of mine
And when my life is over
Remember when we were together
 
We were alone and I was singing this song for you
 
You taught me precious secrets
Of a truth withholding nothing
You came out in front
And I was hiding
 
But now I'm so much better
And if my words don't come together
Listen to the melody
Cause my love is in there hiding
 
I Love you in a place where there's no space or time
I love you for in my life you are a friend of mine
And when my life is over
Remember when we were together
 
We were alone and I was singing this song for you
 
We were alone and I was singing this song for you
 
TOP OF THE WORLD
Words by John Bettis
Music by Richard Carpenter
 
Such a feelings coming over me
There is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes
And I won't be surprised if it's a dream
 
Everything I want the world to be
Is coming true especially for me
And the reason is clear, it's because you are here
You nearest thing to heaven that I've seen
 
I'm on the top of the world
And looking down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I found ever since you've been around
Your love's put me at the top of the world
 
Something in the wind has learned my name
And it's telling me that things are not the same
In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze
There's a pleasing sense of happiness for me
 
There is only one wish on my mind
When this day is though I hope that I will find
That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me
All I need will be mine if you are here
 
I'm on the top of the world
And looking down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I found ever since you've been around
Your love's put me at the top of the world
 
I'm on the top of the world
And looking down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I found ever since you've been around
Your love's put me at the top of the world
 
HURTING EACH OTHER
Words by Gary Geld
Music by Peter Udell
 
No one in the world
Ever had a love as sweet as my love
For nowhere in the world
Could there be a boy as true as you love

All my love
I give gladly to you
All your love
You give gladly to me

Tell me why then
Oh why should it be that

We go on hurting each other
We go on hurting each other
Making each other cry
Hurting each other
Without ever knowing why

Closer than the leaves
On a weepin’ willow baby we are
Closer dear are we
Than the simple letters "a" and "b" are
All my life
I could love only you
All your life
You could love only me

Tell me why then
Oh why should it be that

We go on hurting each other
We go on hurting each other
Making each other cry
Hurting each other
Without ever knowing why

Can’t we stop hurting each other
Gotta stop hurting each other
Making each other cry
Breaking each other’s heart
Tearing each other apart
Can’t we stop hurting each other
Gotta stop hurting each other
Making each other cry
Breaking each other’s heart
Tearing each other apart
 
IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME
Words by Carole King
Music by Tony Stern
 

It’s gonna take some time this time
To get myself in shape
I really fell out-of line this time
I really missed the gate

The birds on the telephone line (next time)
Are cryin’ out to me (next time)
And I won’t be so blind next time
And I’ll find some harmony

But it’s going to take some time this time
And I can’t make demands
But like the young trees in the wintertime
I’ll learn how to bend

After all the tears we’ve spent
How could we make amends
So it’s one more round for experience
And I’m on the road again
And it’s going to take some time this time

And I can’t make demands
I’ll learn how to bend

It’s going to take some time this time
No matter what I’ve planned
But like the young trees in the wintertime
I’ll learn how to bend

After all the tears we’ve spent
How could we make amends
So it’s one more round for experience
And I’m on the road again
And it’s going to take some time this time

GOODBYE TO LOVE
Words by John Bettis
Music by Richard Carpenter

I’ll say goodbye to love
No one ever cared if I should live or die
Time and time again the chance for love has passed me by
And all I know of love is how to live without it
I just can’t seem to find it

So I’ve made my mind up
I must live my life alone
And though it’s not the easy way
I guess I’ve always known

I’d say goodbye to love
There are no tomorrows for this heart of mine
Surely time will lose these bitter memories
And I’ll find that there is someone to believe in
And to live for something I could live for

All the years of useless search
Have finally reached an end
Loneliness and empty days
Will be my only friend

From this day love is forgotten
I’ll go on as best I can

What lies in the future is a mystery to us all
No one can predict the wheel of fortune as it falls
There may come a time when I will see that I’ve been wrong
But for now this is my song

And it’s goodbye to love
I’ll say goodbye to love

INTERMISSION
Words and Music by
Richard Carpenter

We'll be right back
After we go to the bath room

BLESS THE BEASTS AND THE CHILDREN
Words by Barry de Vorzon
Music by Perry Botkin Jr

Bless the beasts and the children
For in this world they have no voice
They have no choice

Bless the beasts and the children
For the world can never be
The world they see

Light their way
When the darkness surrounds them
Give them love
Let it shine all around them

Bless the beasts and the children
Give them shelter from a storm
Keep them safe
Keep them warm

Light their way
When the darkness surrounds them
Give them love
Let it shine all around them

Bless the beasts and the children
Give them shelter from a storm
Keep them safe
Keep them warm

(The children)
(The children)
(The children)

FLAT BAROQUE
Music by Richard Carpenter

INSTRUMENTAL

PIANO PICKER
Words and Music by
Randy Edelman

Everybody always ask me
How I got to play so fine
And friends, I’m gonna tell ya
It really did take some time

Yes, after years and years of practice
And a case of real bad knees
While the other guys were out playin’ with the football
I was home bangin’ on the keys
And it got me

Right where I am
This is me
Playing the piano
I hope ya like what I do
It’s for you
And I’ll try and sing right too

I guess I’m really very lucky
That I’ve got this thing to play
Cause it can really make me feel good
Even when it’s cloudy and grey

Yes, after years and years of practice
And awful allergies that made me sneeze
And now the other guys are out playin’ with their girlfriends
And I'm still bangin’ on the keys
And it got me

Right where I am
This is me
Playing the piano
I hope ya like what I do
It’s for you
And I’ll try and sing right too

I WON'T LAST A DAY WITHOUT YOU
Words by Paul Williams
Music by Roger Nichols

Day after day
I must face a world of strangers
Where I don’t belong
I’m not that strong

It’s nice to know
That there’s someone I can turn to
Who will always care
You’re always there

When there’s no gettin’ over that rainbow
When my smallest of dreams won’t come true
I can take all the madness the world has to give
But I won’t last a day without you

So many times when the city seems to be
Without a friendly face, a lonely place
It’s nice to know that you’ll be there if I need you
And you’ll always smile, it’s all worthwhile

When there’s no gettin’ over that rainbow
When my smallest of dreams won’t come true
I can take all the madness the world has to give
But I won’t last a day without you

Touch me and I end up singing
Trouble seems to up and disappear
You touch me with the love you’re bringing
I can’t really lose when you’re near
When you’re near, my love

If all my friends
have forgotten half their promises
They’re not unkind,
Just hard to find
One look at you and I know
That I must learn to live without the rest
I’ve found the best

When there’s no gettin’ over that rainbow
When my smallest of dreams won’t come true
I can take all the madness the world has to give
But I won’t last a day without you

When there’s no gettin’ over that rainbow
When my smallest of dreams won’t come true
I can take all the madness the world has to give
But I won’t last a day without you

CRYSTAL LULLABY
Words by John Bettis
Music by Richard Carpenter

Listen to the song he sings
Can’t you see his music brings her crystal sleep
As her heavy eyelids fall
He’s taking her to where the dolls rule the world

And in that land of make believe
Is where he’ll leave her sleeping
Softly warm
In a crystal lullaby

He’s weaving her a paper castle
Where dancing clowns with tassels made of fur
Welcome her into their world
That lives inside the dreams of every little girl

She’s guarded by a brave tin soldier
Sitting on her shoulder
Taken there
In a crystal lullaby

Sometimes when I listen to
The velvet song that fills the summer afternoon
Something deep within me sighs
And wishes for the peaceful skies of long ago

That wrapped my cares
In silver air
And carried them away
Leaving me ...
And a crystal lullaby

That wrapped my cares
In silver air
And carried them away
Leaving me ...
And a crystal lullaby

ROAD ODE
Words by Dan Woohams
Music by Gary Sims

I’ve been on this lonely road so long
Does anybody know where it goes?
I remember the last time
The signs pointed home a month ago

Rented cars and empty motel rooms
Lead you everywhere but home
Crowds of people shouting
How they love the show

They don’t know

The endless crowds of faces
Just keep on wearing a smile
The countless times and places lead me back
Please take me back home

I wonder if these feelings ever change
How many times I’ll lift this load
Come tomorrow I’ll be gone again
Roads of sorrows coming to an end for me

The endless crowds of faces
Just keep on wearing a smile
The countless times and places lead me back
Please take me back home

I wonder if these feelings ever change
How many times I’ll lift this load
Come tomorrow I’ll be gone again
Roads of sorrows coming to an end for me

A SONG FOR YOU (Reprise)
Words and Music by
Leon Russell

I Love you in a place where there's no space or time
I love you for in my life you are a friend of mine
And when my life is over
Remember when we were together
 
We were alone and I was singing this song for you
 
We were alone and I was singing this song for you

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