Song of the Day, August 4: Where You Lead by Carole King

KingCLeadToday’s song is Where You Lead from Carole King’s blockbuster album Tapestry. After a decade as a successful songwriter, she proved a powerful talent in her own right. The album blends her versions of classic songs previously recorded by others and a strong batch of new songs.

Where You Lead is one of the latter, co-written by Toni Stern. King gives a wink and a nod to the girl group neediness of some of her Brill Building work, declaring her willingness to follow her man wherever he leads. A careful listen proves that this is no blind obedience, however, but a mature decision based on trust and a fully shared life. It’s a nice twist that fits beautifully into the fabric of Tapestry.

Enjoy this great song today.

BONUS: Tapestry was packed with hits past, present, and future. Barbra Streisand managed to chart Where You Lead twice. She scraped into the Top 40 in 1971 [#40]; the following year she released a lovely live medley of the song with Sweet Inspiration, besting the previous version by three notches.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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