• My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue
    An everlasting vision of the ever-changing view
    A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold
    A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold

    Once, amid the soft, silver sadness in the sky
    There came a man of fortune, a drifter passing by
    He wore a torn and tattered cloth around his leathered hide
    And a coat of many colors, yellow, green on either side

    He moved with some uncertainty, as if we 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 came down empty

    Soon within my tapestry, along the rutted road
    He sat down on a river rock and turned into a toad
    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

    As I watched in sorrow, there suddenly appeared
    A figure, gray and ghostly, beneath a flowing beard
    In times of deepest darkness, I've seen him dressed in black
    Now my tapestry's unraveling, he's come to take me back
    He's come to take me back Writer/s: Carole King
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Kawa from Tokyo, JapanHi Music fans,

    I know that a millions listeners like this album and that it's a great one,too.
    But I was wondering that Why Carole had changed her musical style so suddenly after breaking up her band 'The City' in 1969 and started her new solo career with an album 'Writer' in 1970.
    The City's albim sounds like music based on pop-jazz a bit but album 'Writer' sounds like very pop music.
    I wonder Why! The City's album was released in 1969 and album 'Writer' was released in 1970. So those facks led me to this conclusion!
    Something had happened to her between 1969 and 1970.
    I think what happened to her during the times changed her musical style and made 'Writer' AND 'Tapestry' and big hit and made her famous.
    And the rest is history!

    To be continued.
  • Dan from Greenwood, ScMy 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.
  • Ted from Phoenix, Az"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.
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