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Yesterday once more – The Carpenters

When I was young
I’d listen to the radio
Waitin’ for my favorite songs
Waiting they played I’d sing along
It made me smile

Those were such happy times
And not so long ago
How I wondered where they’d gone
But they’re back again
Just like a long lost friend
All the songs I loved so well

(*) every sha-la-la-la
Every wo-wo-wo
Still shines
Every shing-a-ling-a-ling
That they’re starting to sing’s
So fine

When they get to the part
Where he’s breakin’ her heart
It can really make me cry
Just like before
It’s yesterday once more

Lookin’ back on how it was
In years gone by
And the good times that I had
Makes today seem rather sad
So much has changed

It was songs of love that
I would sing to then
And I’d memorize each word
Those old melodies
Still sound so good to me
As they melt the years away

Repeat (*)

All my best memories
Come back clearly to me
Some can even make me cry
Just like before
It’s yesterday once more

(*) Repeat
.

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“Yesterday Once More”, written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis, is a hit song by The Carpenters from their 1973 album Now & Then. Composed in the key of E, “Yesterday Once More” preceded an “Oldies Medley” on the album, consisting of nine songs from the 1960s. At the end of the song a motorcycle engine was heard to transition into the first song of the medley: “Fun, Fun, Fun”. The motorcycle was mixed out on the version appearing on The Singles: 1969-1973 compilation. However, very few copies of that particular version are on CD.

The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the easy listening chart, becoming their eighth number one on this chart in four years [1]. Though not quite as celebrated as signature songs Close to You or We’ve Only Just Begun, the ballad is nonetheless the Carpenters biggest selling record worldwide, becoming their best-selling single in the UK, peaking at #2. Richard Carpenter admitted on a recent Japanese Carpenters documentary that it is his favorite of all the songs he’s written. He has gone on to perform the instrumental version at concerts.

According to Cash Box Magazine, on June 2, 1973, “Yesterday Once More” was the highest debut single, debuting at number 71. By August 4, it had reached number one.[citation needed]

Dionne Warwick, a close friend of The Carpenters, performed this song live in Las Vegas the night before Karen Carpenter’s untimely death in 1983.[2]
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The Carpenters was a vocal and instrumental duo, consisting of American sister Karen and brother Richard Carpenter. The Carpenters were the #1 selling American music act of the 1970s.[1] Though often referred to by the public as “The Carpenters”, the duo’s official name on authorized recordings and press materials is simply Carpenters, without the definite article.[2] During a period in the 1970s when louder and wilder rock was in great demand, Richard and Karen produced a distinctively soft musical style that made them among the best-selling music artists of all time.[1][3]

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