A Song For You

Words & Music by Leon Russell
Recorded by The Carpenters, 1972

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 I've  been so many places in my life and time,

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I've sung a lot of songs, I've made some bad rhyme,

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I've acted out my life in sta - ges

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With ten thousand people watching --

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But we're alone now and I'm singin' this song for you.

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  I    know your image of me is what I hope to be;

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I've treated you unkindly but baby can't you see

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There's no one more important  to   me?

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Baby can't you please see through me,

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'Cause we're alone now and I'm singin' this song for you.


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You taught me precious secrets 

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Of the truth, withholdin' nothin',

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You came out in front and I was hiding;

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But now I'm so much better, 

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And if my words don't come together,

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Listen to the melody 'cause my love's in there,  hi - ding.

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 I     love you in a place where there's no space or time;

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I love you for my life, you are a friend of mine,

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And when my life is  o - ver, remember when we were together --

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   We were alone and I   was singin' this song for you.

*Andy Williams scored a minor (#82) hit with this in 1971, but to me the song is so prototypically The Carpenters in my mind that I'm going with an attribution from the heart rather than the head.

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