Song Lyric Sunday | “We’ve Only Just Begun” – The Carpenters


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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “plan.”


Some of the Song Lyric Sunday themes have truly been challenging but when I learned this week’s theme, one song immediately stood out to me.

If I had to choose a song to represent baby boomers of the 70s, We’ve Only Just Begun is it, hands down.

It was the theme of proms, senior classes, clubs, new businesses–even the U.S. Air Force used it in a commercial. And who among hasn’t been to a wedding with it as the theme or the newlywed’s first dance song?

So many roads to choose, sharing new horizons, working together day-to-day… it was all part of the plan.

Landing at number 405 on  Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 for recordings “of lasting quality or historical significance”, the tune has quite a legacy for a song that began as a commercial.

We’ve Only Just Begun debuted within a wedding-themed television commercial for Crocker National Bank in California in the winter of 1970, with songwriter Paul Williams on vocals. Richard Carpenter recognized Williams’ voice (both were under contract with A&M Records) and asked for a full version. The rest is history… and pop culture!

Released on their Close To You album, We’ve Only Just Begun became the Carpenters best selling single, spending seven weeks at number one.  It also helped them to win two Grammy Awards in 1971: for the Best New Artist (The Carpenters) and Best Contemporary Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus (Close to You).

The video is not of me singing the song at my ninth grade graduation…. because that happened, but of The Carpenters during a television performance.

And just in case you’re not feeling ancient yet, boomers, keep in mind this song is two years away from it FIFTIETH anniversary! 😀 😀


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We’ve Only Just Begun

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube.

13 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “We’ve Only Just Begun” – The Carpenters

  1. Okay, you really got me in the gut with this one. I geeked out on the Carpenters. I remember being able to have my radio on at work because I had my own little room. The radio announcer said that he had sad news – Karen Carpenter had just died of heart problems stemming from Anorexia. This had always been my favourite of their songs.

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  2. Oh, my word…Fiftieth!? How can that be?
    One of my favorite groups ever. Got their first album while we were in Germany, and played it over & over. Later on back home I got to see them in concert here. Amazing! I still have my ticket stubs from that night. Wonderful … thanks for sharing the song! 🙂

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