FROM THE ARCHIVE 314 -1973-

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“I Won’t Last A Day Without You” is a song with lyrics written by Paul Williams and music composed by Roger Nichols. Williams released his version as a single in 1973, but garnered only minor success. Maureen McGovern recorded the song and also released it as a single in 1973 (and included on her album The Morning After), with results similar to those of Williams. It became a hit single for The Carpenters in 1974, reaching number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the easy listening chart,.[1] “I Won’t Last a Day Without You” was The Carpenters’ ninth number one on the Easy Listening chart.

In 1972, Richard Carpenter had learned of a new song from his partners, Paul Williams and Roger Nichols, who had already contributed “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays” to the Carpenters’s repertoire and catalogue of chart selections, and he included it on their A Song for You album. Shortly after, Diana Ross heard it and included it on her album Touch Me in the Morning the following year. In 1974, Barbra Streisand included the song on her album ButterFly. Andy Williams released a version in 1974 on his album, The Way We Were. Mel Torme also sang a version of the song, culminating in holding one of the longest last notes in showbiz history, with a full six and a half bars.

Lyrics:

Day after day I must face a world of strangers
Where I don’t belong, I’m not that strong
It’s nice to know that there’s someone I can turn to
Who will always care, you’re always there

When there’s no getting over that rainbow
When my smallest of dreams won’t come true
I can take all the madness the world has to give
But I won’t last a day without you

So many times when the city seems to be without a friendly face
A lonely place
It’s nice to know that you’ll be there if I need you
And you’ll always smile, it’s all worthwhile

When there’s no getting over that rainbow
When my smallest of dreams won’t come true
I can take all the madness the world has to give
But I won’t last a day without you

Touch me and I end up singing
Troubles seem to up and disappear
You touch me with the love you’re bringing
I can’t really lose when you’re near

If all my friends have forgotten half their promises
They’re not unkind, just hard to find
One look at you and I know that I could learn to live
Without the rest, I found the best

When there’s no getting over that rainbow
When my smallest of dreams won’t come true
I can take all the madness the world has to give
But I won’t last a day without you

When there’s no getting over that rainbow
When my smallest of dreams won’t come true
I can take all the madness the world has to give
But I won’t last a day without you

1973 AG

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