Music by Richard Carpenter

Lyrics by John Bettis

I have to admit we were mistaken on the commercial potential of this very popular song.  After completing the original recording, we felt it was a pleasant album cut.  It did not take us long, however, to learn otherwise.  The response to it in concert was overwhelming. Culled from the album A Song For You in Japan, it “went gold.”  Lynn Anderson covered it, resulting in her recording reaching number two on the country charts.  Certain Top 40 stations in the U.S. were charting our album version based on requests alone.  Realizing our error, Karen and I released our version (with some minor revisions, a new lead and a remix) in late 1973.  It peaked at #1.


Almo Music Corp. / Hammer And Nails Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

Produced by Richard and Karen Carpenter and 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

Pedal Steel Guitar: Buddy Emmons

Engineer: Ray Gerhardt

From the album A Song For You (1972)

Remixed in 1991 by Richard Carpenter and Roger Young

Engineer: Roger Young





Last Updated June 4, 2008
May 2004  © Richard Carpenter

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