You've Got A Friend

Album: Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon (1971)
Charted: 4 1
  • When you're down and troubled
    And you need a helping hand
    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

    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

    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
    You've got a friend

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

Comments: 4

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaAlways thought James had wrote this. Love the lyrics and the friends this reminds me of.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 5th 1971, James Taylor injured his hand on a piece machinery at his home on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; as a result his wound needed 12 stitches, thus his upcoming concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Hollywood Bowl were canceled...
    The day before on September 4th his covered version "You're Got a Friend" was at #22 on Billboard's Hot Top 100, and that was also its last day on the chart...
    Between 1970 and 1978 he had twenty-one Top 100 records; five made the Top 10, with the above song reaching #1, it peaked at the top spot for one week on July 25th, 1971...
    On the day Mr. Taylor's version peak at #1, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway's duet version was at #31 on the Top 100.
  • David from Plattsmouth, NeJames Taylor repeatedly calls this "the best song ever written" and credits Carole King's kindness in giving it to him to record as the reason for his initial popularity (as told at the Seattle Troubadours Tour in 2010).
  • Rick from Calgary, CanadaI think Annabelle is a little off in ascribing this as "Record of The Year" for 1971. It won the other two awards she noted but Carole King actually won "Record of The Year" honors for "It's Too Late"
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