1972 Carpenters – A Song For You

A Song for You is the fourth studio album by American music duo the Carpenters, released on June 22, 1972. According to Richard Carpenter, “A Song for You was intended to be a concept album (of sorts) with the title tune opening and closing the set and the bookended selections comprising the ‘song’. A Song for You was written by songwriter Leon Russell. ”

In Cash Box’s Top 100 Albums of 1972, A Song for You was ranked number 26.

Six songs were released as A-side singles internationally: “Hurting Each Other”, “It’s Going to Take Some Time”, “Goodbye to Love”, “Top of the World”, “I Won’t Last a Day Without You”, and “Bless the Beasts and Children”.


1  A Song For You (Leon Russell) 4:39
2  Top Of The World (John Bettis; Richard Carpenter) 3:01
3  Hurting Each Other (Gary Geld; Peter Udell) 2:48
4  It’s Going To Take Some Time (Carole King; Toni Stern) 2:58
5  Goodbye To Love (John Bettis; Richard Carpenter) 3:56
6  Intermission (Richard Carpenter) 0:26
7  Bless The Beasts And Children (Barry DeVorzon; Perry Botkin Jr) 3:16
8  Flat Baroque (Richard Carpenter) 1:45
9  Piano Picker (Randy Edelman) 1:59
10  I Won’t Last A Day Without You (Paul Williams; Roger Nichols) 3:47
11  Crystal Lullaby (John Bettis; Richard Carpenter) 3:55
12  Road Ode (Danny Woodhams; Gary Sims) 3:44
13  A Song For You (Reprise) (Leon Russell) 0:55


BassJoe Osborn
DrumsHal Blaine
DrumsKaren Carpenter
GuitarTony Peluso
GuitarLouie Shelton
Steel GuitarRed Rhodes
KeyboardsRichard Carpenter
BassoonNorman Herzberg
FluteTim Weisberg
FluteBob Messenger
HornEarl Dumler
OboeEarl Dumler
SaxBob Messenger
VocalsRichard Carpenter
VocalsKaren Carpenter

Liner Notes

Producer – Jack Daugherty
Arranged By – Richard Carpenter
Orchestrated By – Richard Carpenter
Engineer – Ray Gerhardt
Engineer (Assistant) – Roger Young

Art Direction – Roland Young
Photography By (Front Cover) – Jim McCrary
Photography By (Sleeve) – Bill Hennigar

Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records
Produced For – Jack Daugherty Productions