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Bless The Beasts And Children by The Carpenters is part of the album ""A Song for You (Carpenters album)" .

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Lyrics of Bless The Beasts And Children

Bless the beasts and the children
For in this world they have no voice
They have no choice

Bless the beasts and the children
For the world can never be
The world they see

(*) Light their way
When the darkness surrounds them
Give them love
Let it shine all around them

(**) Bless the beasts and the children
Give them shelter from THE storm
Keep them safe
Keep them warm

Repeat (*)
Repeat (**)


The 'theme song to the 1971 film 'Bless the Beasts and Children' was performed by The Carpenters, and was featured on the B-side to their then-recent hit, 'Superstar'. The B-side charted on the Billboard Hot 100, eventually topping out at #67. In order to promote it, The Carpenters performed it on their television series, 'Make Your Own Kind Of Music' as 'F' for 'Film Music'. It was nominated for a 1972 Academy Award for Best Song, but it lost to 'Theme from Shaft'.

The original soundtrack included two different versions of 'Bless The Beasts And Children', the other being an orchestral instrumental arrangement by composers Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr., and the original 'Nadia's Theme', which was listed as 'Cotton's Dream'. 'Cotton's Dream' was also used as the theme song to the 1973 soap opera, 'The Young and the Restless' and 'Bless the Beasts' was used when David Hasselhoff's character Dr. Foster had to say goodbye to his son in a powerful 1977 episode of the serial..

The song was originally released on the original soundtrack, and a slightly different version was released on the Carpenters' 1972 LP, 'A Song for You' on June 13, 1972. The original soundtrack had a vibraphone playing the melody in the introduction, while the 'A Song for You' version, released on the single, contained an oboe stating the melody. The two versions (soundtrack and album versions) faded out toward the end, but in 1985, Richard Carpenter re-mixed the song so it does not fade out in the end. He also added a harder bass-line.

{|class='wikitable' !Chart !align='center'|Peak
position |- |align='left'|U.S. Billboard Hot 100 |align='center'|67 |- |align='left'|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary |align='center'|28 |- |align='left'|Oricon (Japanese) Singles Chart |align='center'|85 |}

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