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Songs, art, poems - Tributes to Carpenters

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Brian, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    We’ve seen some great art produced by fans of The Carpenters over the years. The time and care that the artists put in to their creations is the highest tribute to Karen and Richard. Recently, design has been supported by the latest technologies, and we’ve seen some great stuff. We’ve heard tribute vocalists and unique interpretations of Carpenters songs. Really, anything related could be posted here, including poems, artistic musings, scribblings, etc.

    I thought I might start with a song that I wrote and recorded, (on my little portable 4-track), way back.
     
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  2. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Maybe this will become my 50th Anniversary tribute.... I wrote and recorded this song on my little multi-track recorder about thirty years ago. In recent years, I've thought of putting the recording on Youtube, but I'm probably never going to get around to doing that, so I decided to just share the lyrics with other fans. Just as long as nobody else claims them as their own .... :)

    "Voice of Gold".

    When I'm down,
    And I'm feeling lost and lonely,
    Just talking to myself and feeling old -
    When I'm playing solitaire,
    And there's no-one there to care,
    Things turn out wrong,
    So I sing the old songs.

    Voice of gold -
    It's just as magic as in days of old.
    She sings a love song like a lullaby.
    She lifts you up or she can make you cry.
    Voice of gold -
    It soothes you when you've got no-one to hold,
    And when you hear, "We've Only Just Begun",
    Makes you feel warmer than the morning sun.
    (Shooby-doo-lang-lang, just listen).

    When the music on the radio don't move me,
    And it's songs of long ago I long to hear,
    Those old mem'ries come alive
    When I take down my forty-fives
    And put them on,
    And my cares are gone.

    Voice of gold -
    It's just as magic as in days of old.
    She sings a love song like a lullaby.
    She lifts you up or she can make you cry.
    Voice of gold -
    It soothes you when you've got no-one to hold,
    And when you hear her singing, "Close to You",
    Makes you believe that you enjoy feeling blue.
    (Shooby-doo-lang-lang, just listen).

    And I wish you could love me like before.
    And I wish it was yesterday once more.

    Voice of gold -
    It's just as magic as in days of old.
    She sings a love song like a lullaby.
    She lifts you up or she can make you cry.
    Voice of gold -
    It soothes you when you've got no-one to hold,
    And when you hear her singing, "Close to You",
    Makes you believe that you enjoy feeling blue.
    Voice of gold -
    It's just as magic as in days of old,
    And when you hear, "We've Only Just Begun",
    Makes you feel warmer than the morning sun.
    (Shooby-doo-lang-lang, just listen.....)

    Copyright 1989 By Brian A., Australia.

    (I couldn't remember a couple of sections, so had to patch them up with make-shift lyrics).
     
  3. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    WOW, Brian! WOW!
     
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  4. Kaisu

    Kaisu Member

    Since I love to knit I went and checked if the was any Carpenter themed knits in Ravelry many moons ago. Turned out there was this one, called "Karen Carpenter's Peggy Sue" aka a yellow cardigan made to honour Karen. In the notes section the knitter tells how her dad got her listening Carpenters, how she feels connected to Karen because she can hit those low notes too (and how she was made of fun in her choir because of that talent)... There's also pictures of Karen on her project page.
     
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  5. leadmister

    leadmister Well-Known Member

    I wrote a song to Karen a while ago but haven't had the nerve to record it. It was painful enough to write. Every once in a while I'll sit at the piano and run through it until it hurts again and I'll stop. I've not managed to get through the whole thing a single time yet. I've been debating whether or not to share the words here, but since Brian was so bold to share what he had written (which I really enjoyed reading) I'll share mine.

    It's called Wasting Away.

    When you’re looking for love, the world can be so unforgiving
    When you’re so full of life, you still can be tired of living
    Say what you want, there’s just no way to shine
    Without leaving those things that you value behind
    And once in a while, you see that the world is just crazy

    Once upon a time, the world was a lot easier to get by in
    A world where we live, but still it’s a world we must die in
    To have all your dreams, you must still pay the price
    To have all you want, you must still sacrifice
    And when it’s all over, you find that you have no more left to give
    And you’re wasting away

    Deep down inside you’re still just a child
    But your star shines as bright as the sun
    At the end of the day, you realize your sorrow has just begun
    And you’re wasting away

    How do you find a happiness that you can try on
    Wrapped up inside like an old coat that you can rely on
    One day it’s here and the next day it’s gone
    And all you can do is just sing the next song
    Take all the pain, turn it into an offering so beautiful
    While you’re wasting away

    Deep in your heart you’re on your way home
    But you’ve still got a million more miles to go
    And you wake up one night, in another strange city you just don’t know
    And you’re wasting away

    Out of spare moments to borrow and time is now fleeting
    As you reach the last stop it’s a wonder your heart is still beating
    It’s time to say goodbye now, no need to ask why
    When you go out you’ll punch a hole right through the sky
    A star here on earth, and now you’re a star up in heaven

    40 years on, all that’s left is a ghost
    You’re a hero to some, but don’t mean much to most
    Good and the bad, mixed up in the memories of the bargain bin
    And they’re wasting away
     
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  6. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    FL
    Wow you guys are amazing thanks for posting these...some really personal feelings here...:)
     
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  7. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Leadsister, that’s great! I like the juxtaposition you have expressed of adding to the richness of others’ lives while she was wasting away.
     
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  8. Murray

    Murray Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing your very moving lyrics, Brian and leadmister! :bowdown2:
    I'm pretty sure that I posted my poem on the forum a long time ago, but for those who haven't read it...

    Since I Heard Her Voice


    It seems like only yesterday
    That the radio started to play
    The songs that I have grown to love so well.
    Her voice was soft and clear
    It was as if she were near
    But now she's gone, she's bid this world goodbye
    Now sometimes when I hear those songs I cry.

    She is with the angels now
    Singing praise to God, and how
    He must dearly love her sweet voice that He made.
    Although I miss her more each day
    As I continue on my way
    I take comfort in the peace she's found
    No more to her earthly struggles bound.

    She sang many songs that have touched my life
    Somehow her singing always eased my pain
    Since I heard her voice all those years ago
    My life has never been the same
    And my love for her I must proclaim.

    On records she lives on
    Almost like she'd never gone
    She has given me a gift I can't repay.
    No matter how far I may roam
    Her voice will be heard in my home
    From my life she will never part
    Karen will live forever in my heart.

    In loving memory of Karen Anne Carpenter (1950 - 1983)

    ©1997 by Murray S., Canada
     
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  9. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    It’s obvious people all over the world feel what you feel, Murray. Thanks for giving us the chance to read this.
     
  10. leadmister

    leadmister Well-Known Member

    That's lovely. I saw something similar myself on a blog post a while ago. A guy in Rhode Island knitted a pillow with the chorus to I Need To Be In Love on it and placed it with a drum set in a Guitar Center. The sad thing is that whoever found it probably just threw it away. I would have taken it home with me and kept it.
    [​IMG]
     
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  11. leadmister

    leadmister Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Brian. The first line came to me on Feb. 4, 2015 while reading the eulogy from a copy of the fan club newsletters. It took me almost 2 years to finish, painfully dragging it out of myself one line at a time. Now I'm in the middle of trying to get the orchestration together, and that process is equally as slow. Songs usually come to me very quickly, but in cases like this when they mean so much, it's a long, slow process because I don't want to do anything wrong or fall short, if that makes any sense.
     
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  12. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    FL
    This is a really cool thread. :cool:
     
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  13. John Adam

    John Adam Well-Known Member

    This especially. I can see why you don't get to the end. WOW.
     
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  14. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    It’s amazing how different people are inspired by Carpenters to create in their own particular medium....
    Well, not that amazing, really. You can see why it would be that way.

    The creator of the cardigan chose the right colour. Karen definitely wore a lot of yellow.
     
  15. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    It would be good to hear the recording when it’s done, Leadmister!
     
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  16. leadmister

    leadmister Well-Known Member

    If and when I get it finished, I will be sure to let y'all have a listen.
     
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  17. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Great!
     
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  19. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Great thread, Brian! Love all the great responses and contributions!!
     
  20. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Thanks, Carpe diem. I had a feeling there would be a lot out there.
     
  21. AnnaSock

    AnnaSock New Member

    UK
    I love that! I think I’d have been tempted to do the same. I don’t suppose you remember what blog it was, do you?
     

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