All You Get from Love Is a Love Song

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"All You Get from Love Is a Love Song"
All You Get From Love Is A Love Song.jpg
Cover to "All You Get from Love Is a Love Song"
Single by Carpenters
from the album Passage
B-side"I Have You"
ReleasedMay 2, 1977
Format7" single
RecordedMarch 1977
Songwriter(s)Steve Eaton
Producer(s)Richard Carpenter
Carpenters singles chronology
"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do"
"All You Get from Love Is a Love Song"
"Can't Smile Without You"

"All You Get from Love Is a Love Song" is a song composed by Steve Eaton. Previously recorded by The Righteous Brothers in 1975,[1] it was popularized by the Carpenters in 1977. It was released to the public on May 21, 1977. Its B-side was "I Have You", a song released on the A Kind of Hush album in 1976. The song was also included on their 1977 album, Passage.

In the late 1970s, this particular track appeared in a Top 10 of misheard lyrics (and is often on similar forums online).[citation needed] This was compiled by Noel Edmonds and the misheard lyric sounds like: "Because the best love songs are written with a broken arm," as opposed to the correct lyrics "Because the best love songs are written with a broken heart."[2]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 35
US Billboard Easy Listening 4
Canadian (RPM) Top Singles 38
Canadian (RPM) Adult Contemporary[3] 5
Oricon (Japanese) Singles Chart 68

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1977) Rank
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[4] 29


Music video[edit]

The music video to "All You Get from Love Is a Love Song" takes place in the A&M Studios. It starts off with the bongo drum and fades into a camera angle zooming towards Karen Carpenter. At the end of the video, the performance fades into a picture of the Carpenters' Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, which is the beginning to the video "Top of the World", performed on The Carpenters' Very First TV Special in 1976. It can be found on the DVD Gold: Greatest Hits. The tenor saxophone solo was performed by Tom Scott (also the tenor sax soloist on "Jazzman" by Carole King), who was then one of the hottest "session players" of the '70s.


  1. ^ "Image of album labels" (JPG).\accessdate=2016-10-12.
  2. ^ The Complete Guide to the Music of the Carpenters by John Tobler, Omnibus Press, 1998. ISBN 0-7119-6312-6
  3. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  4. ^ Billboard, December 24, 1977.

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