We've Only Just Begun

Album: Close To You (1970)
Charted: 28 2
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  • We've only just begun to live
    White lace and promises
    A kiss for luck and we're on our way
    (We've only begun)

    Before the risin' sun, we fly
    So many roads to choose
    We'll start out walkin' and learn to run
    And yes, we've just begun

    Sharing horizons that are new to us
    Watching the signs along the way
    Talkin' it over, just the two of us
    Workin' together day to day

    And when the evening comes, we smile
    So much of life ahead
    We'll find a place where there's room to grow
    And yes, we've just begun

    Sharing horizons that are new to us
    Watching the signs along the way
    Talkin' it over, just the two of us
    Workin' together day to day

    And when the evening comes, we smile
    So much of life ahead
    We'll find a place where there's room to grow
    And yes, we've just begunWriter/s: NICHOLS WILLIAMS
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 17

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaRon, Paul also did a guest spot on one of the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew episodes, where the Hardys wind up singing with a group overseas at Dracula castle.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 5th 1970, the Carpenters performed "We've Only Just Begun" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #5 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart and in its 13th week on the Top 100 {See next post below}...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 7th 1972, the Carpenters performed "We've Only Just Begun" on the Tom Jones' TV special 'The Special London Bridge Special'...
    Two years earlier on September 6th, 1970 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #84; and on October 25th it peaked at #2 (for 4 weeks) and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 9 of those 17 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    And on October 4th, 1970 it reached #1 (for 7 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    The first three weeks it was at #2 the #1 record was "I'll Be There" by the Jackson 5 and for the fourth week it was "I Think I Love You" by the Partridge Family...
    It was the 2nd in a string of six straight Top 10 records by the duo; started with "Close To You" (#1 for 4 weeks), this one, "For All We Know" (#3 for 1 week), "Rainy Days and Mondays" (#2 for 2 weeks), Superstar" (#2 for 2 weeks), and finally "Hurting Each Other" (once again, #2 for 2 weeks)...
    R.I.P. Ms. Carpenter (1950 - 1983).
  • Kathleen from Palm Coast, FlMy husband and I danced to this at our wedding in 1972. We have danced to it every year since ... holding our babies, now holding our grandchildren!
  • Randy from Houghton Lake, MiI graduated in '73 and this was our class motto. Seems kind of corny but listening to this always makes me wish I was back living those carefree days.
  • Mike from Matawan, NjThis song is also used in the horror movie, "1408" with John Cusack. Great juxtaposition.
  • Blair from Nowhere, NhI never knew Paul Williams wrote so many great tunes!
  • Siansonea from Denver, CoThis song is so pure and beautiful. I'm glad it has endured.
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, Caclarinet and piano on the intro...nice!
    and of course later on, all the hallmarks of a Carpenters single...it was a special sound.
  • Susan from Westchestertonfieldville, VaThis song is listed as one of the greatest songs of our time...I love singing it, it makes me feel like I can sing like Karen carpenter!!!
    White lace and promises......
  • David from Youngstown, OhI love this song like so many other by the Carpenters. I also greatly admire Paul Williams. I'm quite interested to see the comments for this song are almost entirely about Paul. He was a great songwriter - my fav Williams Carpenters' song is "Rainy Days and Mondays."

    I loved the Odd Couple episode with Paul in it because it was just so incredibly unlikely that Edna would be in love with him.

    As for the Phantom of the Paradise - it is one of the best cult movies I've ever seen along with Hot Rods to Hell. The record company Williams' character owned in the movie, he played Satan essentially in the movie, is Swan Songs. That caused some legal headaches for Paul and Zeppelin.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoThe high point of Paul Williams's career was starring in the movie, Phantom of the Paradise.
  • Ron from Green Bay, WiPaul Williams appeared in the movie "Smokey and the Bandit". He was Little Enos Burdette. He also appeared on the many variety shows of the 70's
  • Bill from Southeastern Part Of, FlPaul Williams made an appearance on an episode of The Odd Couple series with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. He wrote the song he performed on the show in about a half hour during rehearsals. The story line is that Felix, Randall's character, wrote a note to his daughter Edna who had run away to follow Paul Williams in concert to try to get her to come back home. Williams wrote a song to let Edna know how much her father loves her. It was quite a touching episode.

    Here are the lyrics to that song for all you Paul Williams fans:

    And even though I'm not around to pick you up the times you're down
    You know I think about you each and every day
    And though I feel a love for you that's always growing, always new
    The things I'm quick to feel I'm sometimes slow to say
    And so I lay awake at night and worry, are you hungry, are you warm?
    For there's nothing in this world too good for you
    And then I turn around and make a list of things that you can't have
    I only hope my good intentions still show through
    You know the ones who love you expect the most from you

    Once I held a perfect baby, you slept soundly in my arms
    Now a woman is awakening in you
    And I'll probably be jealous when your first love comes along
    I guess that calls for extra understanding too
    We'll order up a cup of tolerance for two
    You know the ones who love you expect the most from you
  • Timmt from Orange, Ca"We've Only Just Begun" has gone on to be one of modern music's most popular wedding songs.

    The song was also used as the class song by many graduating classes of 1971.
  • Timmt from Orange, CaPaul Williams also wrote "You And Me Against The World" which was a hit for Helen Reddy. The Carpenters recorded several other Paul williams tunes including the classics "Rainy Days and Mondays", "Let Me Be the One" and "I Won't Last A Day Without You."

    Just to add The Carpenters also recorded "The Rainbow connection" which was first released in 2001 on the disc "As Time Goes By", a collection of previously unreleased tunes by the Carpenters.
  • Keith from San Francisco, CaIf memory serves, Paul Williams also co-wrote the theme to "The Love Boat" TV series
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