Carole King

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Ain't it good to know
That you've got a friend
When people can be so cold…

Carole King (born Carol Joan Klein 9 February 1942) is an American composer and singer-songwriter.


Tonight the light of love is in your eyes,
But will you love me tomorrow?
  • The song is the center; the song is the key. If you don't have a good song you don't have anything by my value.
    • As quoted in "The King is Still Alive" in The Birmingham Post [England] (6 November 2001)

Song lyrics[edit]

All songs written by Carole King, except as noted.


I'd like to know that your love Is love I can be sure of...
  • Tonight you're mine completely,
    You give your love so sweetly
    Tonight the light of love is in your eyes,
    But will you love me tomorrow?
  • I'd like to know that your love
    Is love I can be sure of,
    So tell me now and I won't ask again,
    Will you still love me tomorrow?
  • All you have to do is touch my hand
    To show me you understand
    And something happens to me.
    That's some kind of wonderful.
  • I want to be your lover
    But your friend is all I've stayed.
    I'm only halfway to paradise,
    So near, yet so far away.
  • My tears are fallin'
    'Cause you've taken her away.
    And though it really hurts me so,
    There's something that I've gotta say.

    Take good care of my baby.
    Please don't ever make her blue.
    Just tell her that you love her.
    Make sure you're thinking of her
    In everything you say and do.

  • Everybody's doin' a brand new dance now.
    Come on baby, do the locomotion.
    I know you'll get to like it if you give it a chance now.
    Come on baby, do the locomotion.

    My little baby sister can do it with ease;
    It's easier than learning your ABC's.
    So come on, come on do the locomotion with me.

  • Chains, my baby's got me locked up in chains
    And they ain't the kind that you can see
    Woh these chains of love got a hold on me yeah.
  • What should I write?
    What can I say?
    How can I tell you how much I miss you?
    The weather here has been as nice as it can be,
    Although it doesn't really matter much to me.
    For all the fun I'll have while you're so far away,
    It might as well rain until September.
  • When this old world starts getting me down
    And people are just too much for me to face,
    I climb way up to the top of the stairs
    And all my cares just drift right into space.
    On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
    And there the world below can't bother me.
    Let me tell you now.
  • One fine day, you'll look at me
    And you will know our love was, meant to be.
    One fine day, you're gonna want me for your girl.
  • Hey girl I want you to know
    I'm gonna miss you so much if you go.
    And hey girl I tell you no lie,
    Something deep inside of me's going to die
    If you say so long, if this is goodbye.
  • He gets up each morning and he goes downtown
    Where everyone's his boss,
    And he's lost in an angry land.
    He's a little man.
    But then he comes uptown
    Each evening to my tenement.
    Uptown where folks don't have to pay much rent.
    And when he's there with me.
    He can see that he's everything.
    The man is tall, he don't crawl. He's a king.
  • When my friends told me you had someone new
    I didn't believe a single word was true.
    I showed them all I had a faith in you
    I just kept on saying

    Oh, no, not my baby
    Oh, no, not my sweet baby
    You're not like those other guys
    Who lead you on and tell you lies.

  • There's alot of things I want, a lot of things that I'd like to be.
    But girl, I don't foresee a rags-to-riches story for me.
    There's just one little dream I've got to come true;
    There's just one round I've gotta win,
    I can't be a loser with you.
    Baby, baby, once in my life, let me get what I want,
    Girl, don't let me down!
    Just once in my life, let me hold on to one good thing I found!
  • I think I'm going back
    To the things I learned so well
    In my youth.
    I think I'm returning to
    The days when I was young enough
    To know the truth.
  • In the midst of all my darkness, baby
    You came along to guide me.
    You took pity on a lonely man
    When you said you'd stand beside me.
    I'll never forget you
    Or what you've done.
    I'll never turn my back on you for anyone.

    I've got so much love to give you.
    Baby, I've got so much love to give you.
    Girl, there's more than enough to last a whole life through,
    And it's all for you.

  • Looking out on the morning rain,
    I used to feel so uninspired.
    And when I knew I had to face another day,
    Lord, it made me feel so tired.
    Before the day I met you, life was so unkind.
    Your love was the key to my peace of mind.

    'Cause you make me feel.
    You make me feel,
    You make me feel like
    A natural woman (woman).

  • When my soul was in the lost and found,
    You came along to claim it.
    I didn't know just what was wrong with me
    Till your kiss helped me name it.
    Now I'm no longer doubtful of what I'm living for,
    Cause if I make you happy I don't need to do more.
  • The local rock group down the street
    Is trying hard to learn their song.
    They serenade the weekend squire
    Who just came out to mow his lawn.
    Another pleasant valley Sunday.
    Charcoal burning everywhere.
    Rows of houses that are all the same.
    And no one seems to care.
  • Gotta make you love me the way you used to do
    Gotta get back the feeling and put wind in my sails
    And chart a course that gets me back to you, back to you.
    Oh, the lonely days, the lonely nights lookin' back in time.
    Time, don't run out on me.

Tapestry (1971)[edit]

You're gonna find, yes you will, That you're beautiful as you feel.
  • So far away
    Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore?
    It would be so fine to see your face at my door.
    Doesn't help to know you're so far away.
  • You've got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
    And show the world all the love in your heart
    The people gonna treat you better,
    You're gonna find, yes you will,
    That you're beautiful as you feel.
  • If there's any answer, maybe love can end the madness
    Maybe not, oh, but we can only try.
    • Beautiful
Way over yonder, that's where I'm bound.
  • Way over yonder is a place I have seen
    In a garden of wisdom from some long ago dream.
    • Way Over Yonder
  • Way over yonder, that's where I'm bound.
    • Way Over Yonder
You just call out my name And you know wherever I am I'll come running to see you again.
  • You just call out my name
    And you know wherever I am
    I'll come running to see you again.
    Winter, spring, summer, or fall
    All you have to do is call
    And I'll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
    You've got a friend.
    • You've Got a Friend
My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue An everlasting vision of the everchanging view...
  • Now ain't it good to know
    That you've got a friend
    When People can be so cold.
    They'll hurt you, kiss and desert you.
    And take your soul if you let them.
    Oh, but don't you let them.
    • You've Got a Friend
  • If you're out on the road,
    Feeling lonely, and so cold,
    All you have to do is call my name
    And I'll be there on the next train.

    Where you lead, I will follow
    Anywhere that you tell me to.
    If you need, you need me to be with you,
    I will follow where you lead.

  • You can't talk to a man, with a shotgun in his hand.
  • My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue
    An everlasting vision of the everchanging view
    A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold
    A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold.
  • He moved with some uncertainty, as if he didn't know
    Just what he was there for, or where he ought to go
    Once he reached for something golden hanging from a tree
    And his hand come down empty...
    • Tapestry
  • It seemed that he had fallen into someone's wicked spell
    And I wept to see him suffer, though I didn't know him well.
    • Tapestry

Music (1971)[edit]

  • It's going to take some time this time
    To get myself in shape.
    I really fell out of line this time,
    I really missed the gate.
    The birds on the telephone line, (next time)
    Are cryin' out to me, (next time)
    And I won't be so blind next time
    And I'll find some harmony.
  • Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,
    And sometimes the blues just get a hold of you.
    Just when you thought you had made it,
    All around the block people will talk.
    But I want to give it all that I've got.
    I just don't want, I don't want to waste it.

Rhymes & Reasons (1972)[edit]

  • Green fields and rolling hills,
    Room enough to do what we will.
    Sweet dreams of yestertime
    Are running though my mind
    Of a place I left behind.
    Been so long, I can't remember when,
    I've been to Canaan and I wanna go back again.

Thoroughbred (1976)[edit]

  • Only love is real.
    Everything else illusion
    Adding to the confusion of the way we connive
    At being alive.
    Tracing a line till we can define
    The thing that allows us to feel.
    Only love is real.

Soundtrack to A League of Their Own (1992)[edit]

  • Now and forever, you are a part of me
    And the memory cuts like a knife.
    Didn't we find the ecstasy, didn't we share the daylight
    When you walked into my life?

    Now and forever, I'll remember
    All the promises still unbroken.
    And think about all the words between us
    That never needed to be spoken.


  • And it's too late, baby, now it's too late
    Though we really did try to make it
    Somethin' inside has died and I can't hide
    And I just can't fake it.
    • Though King wrote the music for "It's Too Late", the lyrics were entirely written by Toni Stern.

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