Music Monday: I Won’t Last a Day Without You by Paul Williams

When I was a little kid, there was this singer with an incredible voice called Karen Carpenter. She’s the kind of singer that I wish now I could hear “unplugged” without all the extra stuff. Her voice was the thing of dreams, full, deep, feeling. Anyway, also when I was a little kid, she sang this song, “I Won’t Last a Day Without You.” It’s a lovely song. Her voice is stupendous but it’s got all that background stuff that her brother brewed when you wish you could just hear lovely Karen’s voice.

I have been not bingeing on Mrs. Maisel for the past couple of weeks. Not bingeing is when you don’t sit down and watch all eight episodes in one night. I’ve realized that a great sadness occurs when you realize it’s over, so I’m curbing my instincts.

ANYWAY, at the end of episode 3, “I Won’t Last a Day Without You” began playing as the credits rolled. I thought: I kind of recognize that voice. The credits ran by so quickly that I didn’t see who sang, but fortunately for us all, there is Google. Alas, the writer of the song, and so many, many others, Paul Williams, was the singer. His rendition feels like heart singing.

If you haven’t gathered from my above soap-boxing, I really like recordings that are bare-bones. Especially this one. And, thanks to Mrs. Maisel, this one’s been stuck in my head—but in a good way.

I hope you enjoy. Watch Mrs. Maisel if you haven’t. It’s witty, smart, and I just know it’s going to be bittersweet this season.

Music Monday is a meme started by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. Pick a song you really like and share it.


“I Won’t Last a Day Without You” had numerous singers from Diana Ross, Maureen McGovern, Paul Williams, and finally found success with the Carpenters who turned it into a #1 hit on Billboard’s easy listening chart. (see Wikipedia.)

So many times when the city seems to be without a friendly face

a lonely place

It’s nice to know that you’ll be there if I need you

And you’ll always smile, it’s all worthwhile.

Writer(s): Roger S. Nichols, Paul Hamilton Williams

5 thoughts on “Music Monday: I Won’t Last a Day Without You by Paul Williams

  1. One of the four Cassettes I took with me when I moved to Ethiopia was “Mahogany” by Diana Ross. This song was on it. Needless to say, I had every song memorized.

  2. My age is showing–I have an ALBUM of Paul’s. On it is one of my favorite songs: Time and Tide, from the movie Lifeguard. I’m a fan.

  3. Not sure if my previous comment made it. I always hoped she’d realize what a beautiful woman she was inside and out and what a great gift she had. An amazing voice! So special. So pure and rich! I loved listening to her and in fact listened for many years. Tragic, very tragic.

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