“You’ve Got a Friend”: A Roundup of Our Favorite Carole King Lyrics

“You’ve Got a Friend”: A Roundup of Our Favorite Carole King Lyrics

In 1971, after co-writing dozens of hit songs with her former husband Gerry Goffin, Carole King released her second studio album, Tapestry, and fans got a chance to fully experience the musician’s prowess as a lyricist. From “Beautiful” to “So Far Away” to “Only Love Is Real,” King is responsible for some of the most heartfelt — and heart-wrenching — lyrics in 20th-century American pop music.

This Sunday, ALL ARTS will premiere “The Set List: Beyond Beautiful,” which documents a concert, performed at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, devoted to King’s work, and includes intimate rehearsals led by conductor and music director Ted Sperling. Broadway actors Alysha Umphress (“On The Town”) and Clarke Thorell (“My Fair Lady”) are also featured. Watch the trailer here.

In advance of the episode’s debut on broadcast and the ALL ARTS streaming app, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite lyrics written by King over the course of her career.

“Beautiful,” from the 1971 album Tapestry
I have often asked myself the reason for sadness
In a world where tears are just a lullaby
If there’s any answer, maybe love can end the madness
Maybe not, oh, but we can only try


“Only Love is Real,” from the 1976 album Thoroughbred
Childhood dreams like muddy waters
Flowing through me to my son and daughters
Everything I ever thought is confirmed as truth to me
Even as I see the way that I want to go now
Still I wish I had known what I know now
Maybe I could have spared you giving your youth to me


“Little Prince,” from the 1982 album One to One
Little prince — livin’ in a fantasy
You’re lonely, though illusion keeps you company
Take a look around
Does your little town exist
Or is it just too far from your reality


“Carry Your Load,” from the 1971 album Music
Meet me on the highway
Meet me on the road
As long as you’ve got to travel
Don’t you want someone to help you carry your load?


“So Far Away,” from the 1971 album Tapestry
One more song about moving along the highway
Can’t say much of anything that’s new
If I could only work this life out my way
I’d rather spend it being close to you


“Music,” from the 1971 album Music
Music is playing inside my head
Over and over and over again
My friend, there’s no end to the music…
Ah, summer is over
But the music keeps playing
And won’t let the cold get me down