from the motion picture Lovers And Other Strangers
Music and Lyrics by Fred Karlin, Robb W. Royer and Arthur James

As “We’ve Only Just Begun” had peaked, Karen and I were concerned with what song should follow as a single.  We had been touring almost constantly and, as a result, I had little time to be listening to, or writing, new material.  We had arrived in Toronto to open the show for Englebert Humperdinck, and the night before opening, it was suggested we relax by seeing a movie, Lovers And Other Strangers.  As we were to discover, “For All We Know” was written for this film. I liked it immediately and called the coast, requesting the demo and lead sheet be awaiting me when I returned home.  The subsequent arrangement and recording were definitely rush jobs, as a follow-up for “We’ve Only Just Begun” was eagerly awaited by the record label and radio stations, and Christmas was fast approaching.  In addition to becoming a hit, the song went on to win the Oscar® for Best Song of 1970.


Universal-MCA Publishing, a division of Universal Studios, Inc. (ASCAP) / EMI-AI Galico Muci Corp. administered by Songs Of Universal, Inc. (BMI)
Produced by Jack Daugherty
Arranged by Richard Carpenter
Lead Vocal: Karen Carpenter
Backing Vocals: Karen and Richard Carpenter
Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
Bass: Joe Osborn
Drums: Hal Blaine
Oboe: Earle Dumler
Engineer: Ray Gerhardt
From the album Carpenters (1971)
Additional recording and remix done in 1990
Engineer: Roger Young



Last Updated June 4, 2008
May 2004  © Richard Carpenter

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