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This article is about the album. For the song, see A Song for You (song). Confusion
A Song for You
Album by The Carpenters
A Song for You

Front cover to The Carpenters' album, A Song for You

Recorded 1971-1972
Released June 13, 1972
Length 37:13
Genre(s) Pop
Producer(s) Jack Daugherty, The Carpenters
Record label A&M Records
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A Song for You is The Carpenters' fourth studio album. Released in June of 1972, A Song for You spawned five A-side singles and one charting B-side single. The Carpenters' biggest hit single from this album was "Top of the World", even though the single itself didn't see release until September of 1973.

Despite the album having been named after it, "A Song for You" was never released as a single. To this day, the album A Song for You is considered by many Carpenters fans to be one of their best albums.

Track overview Edit

A Song for You Edit

The album begins with The Carpenters' rendition of the Leon Russell song, "A Song for You". The Carpenters' version is almost five minutes long.

Top of the World Edit

"Top of the World", originally planned to be an album cut, became The Carpenters' second #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1973, when it was remixed for their The Singles: 1969-1973 compilation.

Hurting Each Other Edit

"Hurting Each Other" is one of The Carpenters' five singles released from this album. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was released three months after the single release of "Superstar".

It's Going to Take Some Time Edit

"It's Going to Take Some Time" was originally written and performed by Carole King, but was covered by The Carpenters in 1972. It performed on the charts decently, but it didn't reach the top ten as had other singles culled from the album: peaking at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Goodbye to Love Edit

"Goodbye to Love" was written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis. The single peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #7.

Intermission Edit

"Intermission" was a short, 30-second long a cappella piece that was meant to conclude the first side of the LP.

Bless the Beasts and Children Edit

Originally written for a 1971 film of the same name, "Bless the Beasts and Children" was written by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. The song was placed on the B-side of "Superstar" and later included on this album.

Flat Baroque Edit

"Flat Baroque" was an instrumental piece originally composed by Richard Carpenter in 1966.

Piano Picker Edit

Composed by Randy Edelman, "Piano Picker" was a song sung by Richard Carpenter about his talent and practicing as a piano player.

I Won't Last a Day Without You Edit

"I Won't Last a Day Without You" was composed by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols.

Crystal Lullaby Edit

"Crystal Lullaby" was a song composed by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis. It spoke of a little girl being carried away in a soft dream in a crystal lullaby.

Road Ode Edit

"Road Ode" was composed by two other members of The Carpenters, Gary Sims and Dan Woodhams.

A Song for You (Reprise) Edit

The reprise closed A Song for You with a remixed version of the last fifty seconds of "A Song for You".

Track listing Edit

Side one
  1. "A Song for You"
  2. "Top of the World"
  3. "Hurting Each Other"
  4. "It's Going to Take Some Time"
  5. "Goodbye to Love"
  6. "Intermission"
Side two
  1. "Bless the Beasts and Children"
  2. "Flat Baroque"
  3. "Piano Picker"
  4. "I Won't Last a Day Without You"
  5. "Crystal Lullaby"
  6. "Road Ode"
  7. "A Song for You (Reprise)"

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