Music and Lyrics by Bob Morrison and Johnny Wilson

In early 1980, believing this song to be one of the better selections in Karen’s solo project, and now knowing that project was not going to be released, I set out to arrange the song for the album on which we were starting production.  In the process, I contacted the writers, asking them to write a bridge, which it originally did not have.  The revision was made and a track recorded with Karen’s “work lead.”  It was then set aside, as one of many Made In America outtakes.  Some time after Karen’s untimely passing on February 4, 1983, I returned to the A&M studios, to work on what would become the Voice Of The Heart album.  This was, with the exception of “Now” (1982), a collection of other outtakes from various years. “Make Believe It’s Your First Time” was chosen as the debut single, even though I didn’t believe there was a hit in that album.  I still feel it’s a pretty song, and that it showcases Karen’s resonant alto very well.


EMI April Music, Inc. / Music City Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Produced and Arranged by Richard Carpenter
Lead Vocal: Karen Carpenter
Backing Vocals: The O.K. Chorale
Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
Bass: Joe Osborn
Drums: Ron Tutt
Acoustic Guitar: Tim May
Electric Guitar: Tony Peluso
Pedal Steel Guitar: Jay Dee Maness
Flute: Sheridon Stokes
Oboe: Earle Dumler
Engineer: Roger Young
From the album Voice Of The Heart (1983)



Last Updated June 4, 2008
May 2004  © Richard Carpenter

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