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Tapestry by Carole King

Album: TapestryReleased: 1971
  • Lou Adler, who owned King's record company Ode Records, produced the Tapestry album, taking care not to overproduce it. In a 1972 recorded conversation with Adler, Carole King said of this song: "It is typical of the magic that seems to surround that album, a magic for which I feel no personal responsibility, but just sort of happened, that I had started a needlepoint tapestry a few months before we did the album, and I happened to write a song called 'Tapestry,' not even connecting the two up in my mind. I was just thinking about some other kind of tapestry, the kind that hangs and is all woven, or something, and I wrote that song. And, you being the sharp fellow you are, (giggles), put the two together and came up with an excellent title, a whole concept for the album."
  • Tapestry was a groundbreaking album, which helped popularize the singer/songwriter genre. It stayed on the American album charts for over six years, selling over 24 million copies worldwide. Until 1976, it was the largest-selling album ever, and until March 29, 1980 when Dark Side Of The Moon marked its 303rd week on the Billboard album charts, it had the longest stay on the Billboard Top 200. Tapestry won 1971 Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
  • The photograph on the album sleeve featuring Carole King seated on a window sill was taken at her California home. She recalled to The Daily Telegraph April 22, 2009: "This really was my living room in Laurel Canyon. These were my old Indian print curtains and my cat, Telemachus."
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Comments: 2

My take on this song is that the events she describes are part of the tapestry of all of our lives and the fact that it is always moving from one event another. Sometimes we are uncertain of the events ("He moved with some uncertainty"), other time we fail ("once he reached for something golden, hanging from a tree,and his hand came down empty"). Just when we despair of getting better, someone or something comes along and we pick up the strands of our life and start weaving again. This song has encouraged me over the years...nothing is hopeless and our lives keep moving along.Dan - Greenwood, Sc
"Tapestry" is both the name of the album and the name of one of the songs on it. The song "Tapestry" has some very strange lyrics--the narrator sings about weaving a tapestry that becomes unwoven, and then it is somehow saved by a "he" who has come to take "her" back.Ted - Phoenix, Az