This article is about the song. For other uses, see Bless the Beasts and Children (disambiguation). Confusion
"Bless the Beasts and Children"
Single by The Carpenters
from the album A Song for You
A Song for You

Front cover scan of The Carpenters' fourth album, A Song for You.

A-side "Superstar"
Recorded 1971
Released August 12, 1971
Length 3:09
Genre(s) Pop
Producer(s) Jack Daugherty & The Carpenters
Record label A&M Records
Letter (Make Your Own Kind of Music) F, for "film music"
Tracks from A Song for You

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"Intermission" (6)

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"Flat Baroque" (8)

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Singles by The Carpenters

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"Rainy Days and Mondays" (1971)

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"Hurting Each Other" (1971)

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"Bless the Beasts and Children" was composed in 1971 by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr., as the theme song to the film Bless the Beasts and Children. The Carpenters were chosen to record an arrangement for the soundtrack and movie.

Richard and Karen decided to release the song on the B-side of their 1971 single, "Superstar"; for a song not intended to be a hit, "Bless the Beasts and Children" charted the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #67. It eventually found its way to inclusion on their fourth album, A Song For You.

Different versions Edit

The version of "Bless the Beasts and Children" on the film soundtrack was considerably different, because instead of the oboe, as heard on the A Song for You and other versions, the melody of the introduction and fade out was played on a vibraphone. Also, the soundtrack and A Song for You versions faded out toward the end, although Richard decided to remove the fade out when remixing all of the tracks for the Yesterday Once More compilation in 1985.

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