♫ Too Much, Too Little, Too Late ♫

Released as a single in 1978, this song was a comeback of sorts for Johnny Mathis, as it was his first chart-topping hit in the US since 1957’s Chances Are.  Mathis teamed up with Deniece Williams for this song, written by Nat Kipner and John Vallins.

Kipner & Vallins’ demo of the ballad first caught the attention of UK label Polydor Records, and they had one of their signees, an English Pop duo, record a version of the song. Then Kipner’s son, songwriter Steve Kipner, recommended that the song be placed with an American music publisher. Shortly thereafter, Mathis showed an interest in recording the song, and the Pop duo’s version was never released.

The song reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, Adult Contemporary chart, and R&B chart. Outside the U.S., the song peaked at number nine on the Canadian Singles Chart and number three on the UK Singles Chart.

Too Much, Too Little, Too Late
Johnny Mathis, Deniece Williams

Guess it’s over, call it a day
Sorry that it had to end this way
No reason to pretend
We knew it had to end some day, this way

Yes, it’s over, the kids are gone
What’s the use of tryin’ to hang on?
Somewhere we lost the key
So little left for you and me and it’s clear to see

Too Much, Too Little, Too Late to lie again with you
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late to try again with you
We’re in the middle of ending something that we knew

It’s over

Oh, it was over

Too Much, Too Little, Too Late to ever try again
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, let’s end it being friends
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, we knew it had to end

Ah, it’s over

It’s over

Yes, it’s over, the chips are down (whoa)
Nearly all our bridges tumbled down

Whatever chance we try, let’s face it widened-eye
It’s over (It’s over)
It’s over

Too Much, Too Little, Too Late to ever try again
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, let’s end it being friends
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, we knew it had to end

And it’s over

And it’s over

And it’s over

Too Much, Too Little, Too Late to ever try again
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, let’s end it being friendssad

Songwriters: Nat Kipner / John Mcintyre Vallins
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late lyrics © Homewood House Music

10 thoughts on “♫ Too Much, Too Little, Too Late ♫

      • Both, I presume. Especially songs from before the mid 60s. Our musical taste was not so sophisticated, but neither was the recording equipment. Nowadays we may demand more of a song, especially since we remember it as better than it really was. Or maybe the record we are hearing was in better shape, or the needle not so worn out.
        And after all that, we are older, and our hearing is going on us. CDs and MP3s or whatever you call them now do not reproduce the sound the way a new record on a well-maintained stereo system did. With 20% of the music missing, songs cannot sound as good as they did back then, when we were young.

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