Music and Lyrics by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis

John Bettis and I composed this “anti-establishment” song in late 1967, following our brief stint at Disneyland®.  We had been hired as the piano/banjo act at Coke Corner on Main Street, U.S.A. and, as such, were required to perform American songs written around the early 1900s.  A problem had started when we honored some patrons’ requests to play contemporary songs, such as “Somewhere My Love,” “Yesterday,” “Light My Fire,” et al.  Vic Guder, our talent supervisor, was understandably disgruntled about this.  John and I were young and full of ourselves, and during the ensuing weeks, continued to do as we pleased.  This ultimately led to our dismissal.  John and I took great umbrage at this, and wrote this song.  Looking back, I feel we should have been thankful to have had the job…and adhered to policy. 


Irving Music, 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: Karen Carpenter
Flute: Bob Messenger
Engineers: Ray Gerhardt and Dick Bogert
From the album Close To You (1970)
Additional recording and remix done in 1990
Engineer: Roger Young



Last Updated June 4, 2008
May 2004  © Richard Carpenter

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