Song of the Day #3,703: ‘Where You Lead’ – Carole King

When I first perused the lineup of albums released in 1971 to prepare for this list, I immediately knew which would wind up at #1. Carole King’s Tapestry is one of the greatest albums of the 70s and one of the greatest of all time. It’s certainly the best album of 1971.

Recorded in January of that year and released in February, Tapestry would eventually sell more than 25 million copies worldwide and spend more than six years on the Billboard charts, second only to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. It took home Grammys for Album, Record and Song of the Year.

Not bad for the sophomore album by a woman who was told she was better off writing songs for other singers.

Tapestry, perhaps more than any other album ever made, plays like a greatest hits collection. Every one of these songs is essential. This is the album King was born to make and the world is a better place for it.

So those are my ten favorite albums of 1971. Next week I’ll start featuring some of the acclaimed ’71 albums I’ve never heard. These ten will be a tough act to follow.

Loving you the way I do
I only wanna be with you
And I would go to the ends of the earth
Oh, darling, to me that’s what you’re worth

Where you lead, I will follow
Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead

If you’re out on the road
Feeling lonely, and so cold
All you have to do is call my name
And I’ll be there on the next train

Where you lead, I will follow
Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead

I always wanted a real home
With flowers on the window sill
But if you want to live in New York City
Honey, you know I will (yes I will, yes I will)

I never thought I could get satisfaction
From just one man
But if anyone can keep me happy
You’re the one who can

And where you lead, I will follow
Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow oh, oh, where you lead (repeat)
I will follow
Any-anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead
Oh baby
Ooh

I’m gonna follow were you lead
(I’m gonna follow were you lead)
I’m gonna follow were you lead
(I’m gonna follow were you lead)
I’m gonna follow were you lead
(I’m gonna follow were you lead)
I’m gonna follow were you lead
(I’m gonna follow were you lead)
I’m gonna follow were you lead

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,703: ‘Where You Lead’ – Carole King

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m totally on board with this pick. Tapestry is one of the best albums ever made, period.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    There are no words ❤️❤️❤️👏

  3. Andrea katz says:

    You had me at Tapestry!

  4. Amy says:

    You would love Beautiful, the musical made about King’s early songwriting years. Hers is a truly special story.

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