We've Only Just Begun

Words & Music by Paul Williams & Roger Nichols
Recorded by The Carpenters, 1970 (#2)

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We've only just begun to live;

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White lace and prom - i - ses,

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

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Before the rising sun we fly;

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So man - y roads to choose,

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We start off walkin' and learn to run,

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And yes, we've just begun.


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Sharing horizons that are new to us,

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Watching the signs along the way;

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Talkin' it over, just the two of us,

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Working together day to day,    together, together.

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And when the evening comes we smile;

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So much of life a - head;

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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.

It's a widely known story now, but this song was originally written for a California bank as a means of attracting new loan prospects. It worked...very well. But that wasn't so good for the bank. It seems that newly-marrieds score poorly on bank loan evaluations since they haven't had time to establish themselves and their stability...so the bank generated a number of loan applications from young adults that couldn't qualify for the loans they were seeking. All in all, not a good P-R move in the eyes of the bank, or their turned-down loan applicants.

But it became a whale of a song for The Carpenters, and it most definitely proved that they, themselves, had only just begun to be extremely successful recording artists.

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