You've Got a Friend

  • When you're down and troubled
    And you need some love and care
    And nothing, nothing is going right
    Close your eyes and think of me
    And soon I will be there
    To brighten up even your darkest night

    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
    You've got a friend

    If the sky above you
    Grows dark and full of clouds
    And that old north wind begins to blow
    Keep you head together
    And call my name out loud
    Soon you'll hear me knocking at you door

    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 yes I will

    Ain't it good to know that you've got a friend
    When people can be so cold
    They'll hurt you, desert you
    And take your soul if you let them, don't you let them

    You just call out my name
    And you know wherever I am
    I'll come running running running to see you again
    Winter, spring, summer or fall
    All you have to do is call
    And I'll be there
    You've got a friend
    You've got a friend

    Ain't it good to know, ain't it good to know, ain't it good to know
    You've got a friend
    You've got a friend Writer/s: Carole King
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 12

  • Kawa from Tokyo, JapanHi Mucis lovers,

    I think that the idea of the lyrics of this song came from the song 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' written by Paul Simon in 60s. and released in Jan. 1970 and become a big hit all over the world. I can say this because both lyrics of the songs were very similar. 'Bridge Over’ tells us that 'When you need a help from, I'll be there' and 'You've Got A Friend' tells us that 'Whenever you need my help, I'll be there for you', too. So those songs are very similar. A year of 1970 was a year when Carole started a career as a solo artist and started making an album called 'Writer' in March. Do you notice something? She changed the sound from 'Jazz-pop' to 'Pop' by making album 'Writer' in 1970. Why did she had to change the sound so different and so suddenly? Was there any reason to it if it was? Before making 'Writer' in 1970, she formed a band called 'The City' and released an album and the band was broke up in 1969. The time difference was a very short between 1969 and in March 1970. If something happened to her to change the approach the music that she make between them, it must have been a song or something! So I was looking for some music and found that might have been ! I think it must have been a song 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.
    Because the lyrics of the song was very similar to the lyrics of the song 'You've Got A friend'. That means that she liked 'Bridge Over' very much and that she wanted to a song like this. Also she realized that what she was doing with the group 'The City' was not good enough to sell for a lot of music listeners and that she must to do something. Because a song 'Bridge Over' and Paul's album were very 'Pop' album. So she realized that she needed to changed the sound from The City's 'Jaza-pop' to 'Pop' sound. So she changed so quickly and made albums 'Writer' in 1970 and 'Tapestry' in 1971. I can tell you this because the 'Writer' was a very powerful as she confirmed. And a song 'It's Too Late' became a big hit and So did album 'Tapestry', too! The rest is history.
  • David from Plattsmouth, NeIn person and on video, James Taylor has repeatedly introduced this song by describing how he first heard it at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, and how Carole offered it to him to record. He has called it, "the best song ever written", and credits much of his popularity to it. I last heard him say this during the Troubadours Tour in 2010 in Seattle, WA.
  • Don Hertel from Dover, NjThis was one of Carole's first hits where she wrote the lyrics as well as the melody, I remember Carole saying that the lyrics just came to her, almost as if they were coming from God, I don't remember the exact quote.
  • Michelel from Staten Islnad, NyThis song was inspired by and written in regards to a Guru resided in North America. Upon him knowing that one day soon he would die, he said that only his body was leaving this earth, not him, so if you she ever needed a friend she should just call out his name and he would be there for her.
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrZach in Memphis, Tennessee, I posted a correction to the lyrics of this song, so there shouldn't be any errors! What you thought was an error was because you were actually reading the lyrics of the version as recorded and performed by James Taylor.
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrBarbara in Horn Lake, I posted a correction to the lyrics of this song, so they're shouldn't be any errors when the changes are posted in the next update. What you thought was an error is because you were actually reading the lyrics of the version as recorded and performed by James Taylor.
  • Gary from Columbus, OhI assume that James Taylor changed "some loving care" to "a helping hand" to make the lyric more masculine. "Knocking upon your door" for "knocking at your door" was obviously a musical decision (to maintain rhythm). Whether or not these make the lyrics erroneous is up to the individual. Carole King herself had no problem with Taylor's interpretaion.
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrI just read the lyrics to this song, and I don't see any errors in the lyrics! The only error I see is that someone wrote Carole King below the lyrics. These lyrics that I just read are the lyrics of the version as recorded and performed by James Taylor.
  • John from El Paso, TxA parody of this song was performed on Saturday Night Live in the seventies. I belive it featured Lorraine Newman at the piano trying to finish writing this song and Steve Martin knocking at her door looking for a friend. It was hilarious. Look for it on old SNL reruns.
  • Alischa from Lewistown, Pa"You've got a friend" is a great song to sing when your friend is feeling down. I like singing this song, expecially in our music class.
  • Barbara from Horn Lake, MsSorry - I accidentally posted a comment in my son Zach's name. I am Barbara. My son is not old enough to have bought Carole King's Tapestry when it was first released!
  • Zach from Memphis, TnThere are some errors in the posted lyrics. I have the Tapestry album which I bought when it came out. On the back are all of the lyrics. "When you're down and troubled and you need some loving care." This rhymes with the line about "..soon I will be there." There is only one "darkest night" - it is not plural. "If the sky above you grows dark and full of clouds and that old north wind begins to blow, Keep your head together and call my name out loud, Soon you'll hear me knocking at your door." She says, "Ain't it good to know that you've got a friend, when people can be so cold. They'll hurt you and desert you and take your soul if you let them. Oh, but don't you let them." There is confusion over the lyrics because James Taylor recorded it differently, but Carole King wrote the song and it is correct on her album cover. Tapestry is a perfect album. If you don't have it, consider getting a copy for yourself.
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