For All We Know
Music written by Fred Karlin. Lyrics penned by Arthur James (aka James Griffin) and Robb Wilson Royer.
For All We Knowrecorded: June, 1971
UK: July, 1971 on United Artists single UP 35267
US: August 29, 1971 on United Artists single UA 50833
charted: single UK: #6, August 7, 1971
The following album which also contained the hit song was 1972 I Capricorn
(this album has recently been re-released on CD by EMI.)
Another recording is available together with the London Symphony Orchestra on the 1984 album I Am What I Am. (This the song became more classical, but it is one of the few songs that came not so good out together with the LSO.)
You can find one of these two versions on many collections too.
Shirley Bassey has also performed this song live in many TV shows, and one live performance has been released 1973 on the album Live At Carnegie Hall.
This song had been written for the film "Lovers And Other Strangers" 1970, and has originally been sung for the soundtrack by Larry Meredith.
The song won an Oscar 1970 as best song.
Additionally the movie got two more nominations for: Best Adapted Screenplay (Joseph Bologna, David Zelag Goodman, and Renée Taylor), and Best Supporting Actor (Richard Castellano).
I found the following review of this film on the net:
"The Carpenters" have reached position number three in the US Billboard with this song 1971. It is reported that in November 1970, the Carpenters were in Canada opening for Engelbert Humperdinck, and they were concerned about where their next hit would come from. It was their manager Sherwin Bash's idea for them to take it easy, and to go see a comedy that was playing at a local theater: Lovers and Other Strangers. For All We Know was a song written for a wedding scene in the movie. Richard and Karen Carpenter were immediately taken with it and decided they should record it for single release as soon as they returned home. It was released in mid-December and in two months became their third gold single.
In the UK The Carpenters only reached position number 18 in the charts, which Shirley Bassey was able to beat later that year. (Read more about "The Carpenters" in Someday.)
The songwriter Fred Karlin is an composer, who has scored over 150 motion pictures and television projects.
He received also 12 Emmy nominations and won an Emmy for Best Original Score for the TV drama, the Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
He also received more Oscar and Grammy nominations.
The original singer Larry Meredith disappeared from the music world, and I don't know anything else of him, except that he 1978 released an album "Pakalamere Dith".
Love, look at the two of us
Strangers in many ways
Let's take a lifetime to say
"I knew you well"
For only time
Will tell us so
And love may grow
For all we know
Strangers (, strangers, strangers)
For all we know
(transcribed by Roman <email@example.com>)