The Carpenters at the BBC


The Carpenters at the BBC

The Carpenters' debut BBC concert, recorded in September 1971. They perform hits including Superstar and We've Only Just Begun, the odd Beatles' tune and a Bacharach/David medley.


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APPLAUSE

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# When I was younger So much younger than today

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# I never needed anybody's help in any way

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# But now these days are gone I'm not so self-assured

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# Now I find I've changed my mind I've opened up the door

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# Help me if you can I'm feeling down

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# And I do appreciate you being round

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# Help me get my feet back on the ground

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-# Won't you please

-Please help me? Please help me?

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# And now my life has changed in, oh, so many ways

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# My independence seems to vanish in the haze

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# And every now and then I feel so insecure, whoa

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# I know that I just need you like I've never done before

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# Help me if you can I'm feeling down

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# And I do appreciate You being round

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# Help me get my feet Back on the ground

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-# Won't you please

-Please help me? Please help me?

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# Ah, ah, ah

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# Ah

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# Ah, ah, ah

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# Ah

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# Ah, ah

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# Ah

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# Help me if you can I'm feeling down

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# And I do appreciate You being round

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# Help me get my feet back on the ground

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-# Won't you please

-Please help me? Please help me? #

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: "Love Is Surrender"

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# Talk about love

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# How it makes life complete

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# You can talk all you want

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# Make it sound good and sweet

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# But the words have an empty ring

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# And they don't really mean a thing

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# Without love you are not to be found

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# You are not to be found

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# For love is surrender

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# You must surrender if you care

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# You must surrender if you dare

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# Shout about love

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# Then the wars will all end

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# You can shout "We're all brothers!"

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# And even pretend

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# But you can't cover up the past

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# Just pretending will never last

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# Without love you are nothing at all

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# You are nothing at all

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Yeah!

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# For love is surrender

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# You must surrender if you care

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# You must surrender if you dare

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# Love is surrender

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# You must surrender if you care

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# You must surrender if you dare. #

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: "Superstar"

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# Long ago

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# And, oh, so far away

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# I fell in love with you

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# Before the second show

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# Your guitar

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# It sounds so sweet and clear

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# But you're not really here

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# It's just the radio

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# Don't you remember you told me you loved me, baby

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# You said you'd be coming back this way again, baby

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# Baby, baby, baby, baby, oh, baby

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# I love you

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# I really do

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# Loneliness

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# Is such a sad affair

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# And I can hardly wait

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# To be with you again

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# What to say

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# To make you come again

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# Come back to me again

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# And play your sad guitar

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# Don't you remember you told me you loved me, baby

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# You said you'd be coming back this way again, baby

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# Baby, baby, baby, baby Oh, baby

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# I love you

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# I really do

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# Don't you remember you told me you loved me, baby

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# You said you'd be coming back this way again, baby

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# Baby, baby, baby, baby Oh, baby

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# I love you

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# I really do. #

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APPLAUSE

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Thank you.

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Thank you very very much and good evening. We're The Carpenters.

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I'm Richard Carpenter. This is our first time in England.

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We're having a marvellous time. We hope you enjoy the tunes that we've picked to do tonight.

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Most of them are featured on our two LPs - Close To You and the second one is Carpenters.

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A couple of the tunes, like the one we're going to do next,

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are very new and we haven't had a chance to record them yet.

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This particular tune features Bob Messenger on the electric flute

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and it's called And When He Smiles.

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# And when he smiles

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# He makes the sun shine

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# He wouldn't think to make it rain

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# Happiness runs in the family

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# And he's a boy from the good old earth and the high tree forest

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# And he's just about the happiest boy that I ever knew

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# And when he smiles he makes me sigh

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# He doesn't have a point of view

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# Happiness runs in the family

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# And he's a boy from the good old earth and the high tree forest

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# And he's just about the happiest boy that I ever knew

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# And when he smiles he makes the sun shine

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# And warms the day with morning dew

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# Happiness runs in the family

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# He's a boy from the good old earth and the high tree forest

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# And he's just about the happiest boy that I ever knew

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# And he's just about the happiest boy that I ever knew. #

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: "Rainy Days And Mondays"

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# Talking to myself and feeling old

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# Sometimes I'd like to quit

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# Nothing ever seems to fit

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# Hanging around

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# Nothing to do but frown

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# Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

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# What I've got they used to call the blues

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# Nothing is really wrong

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# Feeling like I don't belong

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# Walking around

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# Some kind of lonely clown

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# Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

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# Funny, but it seems I always wind up here with you

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# Nice to know somebody loves me

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# Funny, but it seems that it's the only thing to do

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# Run and find the one who loves me

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# The one who loves me

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# What I feel has come and gone before

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# No need to talk it out

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-# Talk it out

-We know what it's all about

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# Hanging around

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# Nothing to do but frown

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# Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

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# Funny, but it seems that it's the only thing to do

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# Run and find the one who loves me

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# What I feel has come and gone before

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# No need to talk it out

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# We know what it's all about

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# Hanging around

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# Nothing to do but frown

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# Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

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# Hanging around

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# Nothing to do but frown

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# Rainy days and Mondays always get

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# Me down. #

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: "Bacharach/David Medley"

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# Go while the going is good

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# Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can learn

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# Go

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# I'm afraid my heart

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# Isn't very smart

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# Fly while you still have your wings

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# Knowing when to leave

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# Will never let you reach the point of no return

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# Fly

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# Foolish as it seems

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# I still have my dreams

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# So I keep hoping, day after day

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# As I wait for the man

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# And night after night as I wish for a love that can be

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# Though I'm sure that no-one can tell when a wish is a hope

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# Somehow I feel there is happiness waiting for me

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# When someone walks in your life

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# You'd just better be sure he's right

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# Cos if he's wrong

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# There are heartaches and tears you must face

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# Keep both of your eyes on the door

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# And never let it get out of sight

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# Just be prepared when the time comes and you went away

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# Sail when the wind starts to blow

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# But like a fool I don't know

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# When

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# To

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# Leave

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# And make it easy on yourself

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# Make it easy on yourself

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# Cos breaking up

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# Is so

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# Very hard

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# To do

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-# Ha, aaah, ah

-Ma-wap!

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# If you should find you miss the sweet and tender love

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-# We used to share

-Used to share

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# Just go back to

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# The places where we used to go

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# And I'll be there

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# How can I forget you

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# When there is always something there to remind me

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# Always something there to remind me

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# I was born to love you

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# And I will never be free

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# You'll always be a part of me

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# Woah, woah woah

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# Whoah

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# Well, there is always something there to remind me

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# Don't tell me what it's all about

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# Cos I've been there and played them out

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# How do those chains Those chains that bind you

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# That is why

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# I'm here to remind you

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# Here to remind you

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# Here to remind you

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# Here to remind you

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# What do you get when you fall in love

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# You only get lies and pain and sorrow

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# So, at least until tomorrow

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# I'll

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# Never fall in love again

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# Oh, I'll never fall in love again

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# If you see me walking down the street

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# And I start to cry

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# Each time we meet

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# Walk on by

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# Walk on by

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# Make believe that you don't see the tears

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# Just let me grieve

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# In private Cos each time I see you

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# I break down and cry

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# Walk on by

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# I just can't get over losing you

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# Each precious thing, broken and blue

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# Walk on by

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# Walk on by

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# Foolish pride That's all that I have left

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# So let me hide the tears and the sadness

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# You gave me when you said goodbye

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# Walk on by

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# By

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# Do you know the way to San Jose?

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# I've been away so long

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# I may go wrong and lose my way

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# Do you know the way to San Jose?

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# I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose

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# LA is a great big freeway

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# Put a hundred down and buy a car

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# In a week, maybe two they'll make you a star

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# Weeks turn into years

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# How quick they pass

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# And all the stars that never were

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# Are parking cars and pumping gas

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# I've got lots of friends in San Jose

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# Oh, whoa whoa whoa-whoa

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# Can't wait to get back to San Jose

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# Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa whoa whoa

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# Do you know the way to San Jose? #

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APPLAUSE

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CHEERING

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APPLAUSE CONTINUES

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MUSIC: "For All We Know"

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# Love, look at the two of us

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# Strangers in many ways

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# We've got a lifetime to share

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# So much to say

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# And as we go

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# From day to day

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# I'll feel you close to me

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# But time alone will tell

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# Let's take a lifetime to say

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# I knew you well

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# For only time will tell us so

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# And love may grow for all we know

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# Love

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# Love

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# Look at the two of us

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# Strangers in many ways

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# Let's take a lifetime to say

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# I knew you well

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# For only time will tell us so

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# And love may grow for all we know

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# Love. #

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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MUSIC: "Sometimes"

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# Sometimes

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# Not often enough

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# We reflect upon the good things

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# And those thoughts always

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# Centre around those we love

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# And I think about those people

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# Who mean so much to me

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# And for so many years

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# Have made me

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# So very happy

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# And I count the times

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# I have forgotten to say

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# Thank you

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# And just how much

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# I love them. #

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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# MUSIC: "Close To You"

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CROWD APPLAUD AND CHEER ON HEARING SONG INTRO

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# Why do birds suddenly appear

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# Every time

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# You are near?

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# Just like me

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# They long to be

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# Close to you

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# Why do stars

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# Fall down from the sky

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# Every time

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# You walk by?

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# Just like me

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# They long to be

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# Close to you

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# On the day that you were born

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# The angels got together

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# And decided to create a dream come true

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# So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair

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# Of golden starlight in your eyes of blue

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-# That is why all the girls in town

-Girls in town

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-# Follow you

-Follow you

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-# All around

-All around

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# Just like me

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# They long to be

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# Close to you

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# Ah-ah-ah

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# Ah-ah-ah-ah

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# Ah-ah-ah

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# On the day that you were born

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# The angels got together

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# And decided to create a dream come true

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# So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair

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# Of golden starlight in your eyes of blue

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-# That is why all the girls in town

-Girls in town

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-# Follow you

-Follow you

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-# All around

-All around

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# Just like me

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# They long to be

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# Close to you

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# Just like me

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# They long to be

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# Close to you

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# Ah

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# Ah-ah-ah-ah

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# Close to you

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# Ah

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# Ah-ah-ah-ah

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# Close to you

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# Ah

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# Ah-ah-ah-ah

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# Close to you

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# Ah

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# Ah-ah-ah-ah

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# Close to you. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Thank you.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you very much.

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You know, all of this began for us, I guess, about a year ago,

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with the release of a record called Close To You and, from that time,

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we have had the best year that anybody could ever ask for.

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But there's always been one thing that has been kind of hard for us to explain, and that's

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exactly how much it means to two kids from Downey, California,

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to share our music with audiences from all over the world.

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But what I can say is that you've made tonight very special for us

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and I only hope that we have done the same for you.

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Thank you very, very much.

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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MUSIC: "We've Only Just Begun"

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# We've only just begun to live

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# White lace and promises

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# A kiss for luck and we're on our way

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# We've only just begun

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# Ah-ah-ah

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# We fly

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# So many roads to choose

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# We start out walking

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# And learn to run

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# Yes, we've just begun

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# Sharin' horizons that are new to us

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# Watchin' the signs along the way

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# Talkin' it over just the two of us

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# Workin' together day to day

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# Together

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# And when the evening comes

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# We smile

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# So much of life ahead

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# We'll find a place where there's room to grow

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# And, yes, we've just begun

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# Sharin' horizons that are new to us

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# Watchin' the signs along the way

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# Talkin' it over just the two of us

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# Workin' together day to day

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# Together

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# Together

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# And when the evening comes

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# We smile

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# So much of life ahead

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# We'll find a place where there's room to grow

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# And, yes, we've just begun. #

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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Thank you!

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The Carpenters' debut BBC concert, recorded on their first British tour in September 1971. They perform hits including Close to You, Superstar and We've Only Just Begun, together with the odd Beatles' tune and a Bacharach/David medley. Karen's drumming and Richard's keyboards get instrumental support from their five-piece touring band and a 26-piece orchestra conducted by Johnny Pearson.


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