So Far Away (Carole King song)

So Far Away” is a song written by Carole King, which appeared on her 1971 album Tapestry. The recording features James Taylor on acoustic guitar.

"So Far Away"
Single by Carole King
from the album Tapestry
A-side"Smackwater Jack"
ReleasedMarch 1971
April 22, 2008 (Legacy)
RecordedJanuary 1971 at A&M Recording Studios
GenreFolk rock, soft rock
LabelOde Records
A&M Records
Songwriter(s)Carole King
Producer(s)Lou Adler
Carole King singles chronology
"It's Too Late" / "I Feel the Earth Move"
"So Far Away" / "Smackwater Jack"
"Sweet Seasons"

The lyrics express longing for a lover who is far away.[1] But Allmusic critic Bill Janovitz notes that while the lyrics start by focusing on the physical distance between the lovers, the lyrics use that as a jumping-off point to explore emotional distance between lovers as well.[2] Rolling Stone stated King's "warm, earnest singing" on the song brought out the song's sadness.[3]

In addition to Taylor, and King on piano, instruments include Russ Kunkel on drums, Charles Larkey on bass guitar and Curtis Amy on flute.[1]


Additional musicians

Notable covers

Chart history


  1. Perone, J.D. (2006). The Words and Music of Carole King. Greenwood Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 9780275990275.
  2. Janovitz, B. "So Far Away". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  3. "500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Tapestry". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  4. "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. 1996-04-20. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  6. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1971-10-09. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  7. Billboard Singles charts for singles from Tapestry on allmusic
  8. "Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 2, 1971". Archived from the original on June 7, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  10. "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. 1996-04-20. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  11. Billboard, December 25, 1971.
  12. Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
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