This first comes from the concept album Free to Be...You and Me, originally done in 1972, conceived by Marlo Thomas and then later animated as a TV special. The song here, "William's Doll," is an impressive collaboration. It has music by Mary Rodgers, with words by Sheldon Harnick, the lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof, among many other Broadway shows. And further, it's sung by Alan Alda -- and the woman who accompanies him is Marlo Thomas herself.
The song here is performed by Linda Lavin, who later went on to star in the TV series, Alice.
The score was written by a wide range of composers and lyricists. This song, "Nobody Tells Me How," written by Mary Rodgers along with lyricist Susan Birkenhead, is a lilting, tender, and ultimately heart-wrenching number sung by an older school teacher a bit lost after decades of work, trying to figure out the news way of the world of education. It's wonderfully performed by Bobo Lewis from the original Broadway cast.