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Carol Burnett - If I Could Write A Song

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Published on Jan 5, 2010

I first heard this song in 1972 when I was 15 years old. I used to walk home from my junior high school, a distance of several miles, and I'd listen to music using a transistor radio with an earplug. Every day for several months, this song would play like clockwork during my walk home from school. In September 1972, Carol performed the song on "The Carol Burnett Song," with Carol sitting on the porch steps of a house, with low lighting to represent an early summer evening. But the performance was set up as a comedy skit. As she sang, the camera went back and forth between her and members of the audience. It showed audience members getting up and walking out (with canned laughter over Carol's singing) unil only one man was left, asleep in his chair. I was unhappy with the way the song was presented, because it IS a nice song, and Carol CAN sing.

The album "Carol Burnett - featuring If I Could Write A Song" was released in 1972. I remember seeing it in the rack at the local department store, but I never had enough money to buy it. What little spending money I had, I spent on 45s and Carpenter albums. Many years later, I found a used copy of the album in a used-record shop and bought it. It's a nice, mellow album with Carol doing covers of various pop hits and show tunes. Several years ago, Collectors Choice Music released the album on CD and I was finally able to hear a clean, scratch-less version of the song. I think you will agree that this is a nice song and Carol performs it very well.

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