We've Only Just BegunWords & Music by Paul Williams & Roger Nichols
Recorded by The Carpenters, 1970 (#2)
C FM7 Em7 Am We've only just begun to live; A9 Am Am7 E E7 Am White lace and prom - i - ses, F Dm7 G7 A kiss for luck and we're on our way. C FM7 Em7 Am Before the rising sun we fly; A9 Am Am7 E E7 Am So man - y roads to choose, F Dm7 G7 We start off walkin' and learn to run, CM7 FM7 CM7 FM7 And yes, we've just begun. Bridge: A D A D Sharing horizons that are new to us, A D A Watching the signs along the way; C# F# C# F# Talkin' it over, just the two of us, C# F# G7sus4 G7 Dm7 G7 Working together day to day, together, together. C FM7 Em7 Am And when the evening comes we smile; A9 Am Am7 E E7 Am So much of life a - head; F Dm7 G7 We'll find a place where there's room to grow; CM7 FM7 CM7 FM7 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.