Boys in the Trees

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Boys in the Trees
Studio album by Carly Simon
Released April 1978
Genre Rock
Length 35:46
Label Elektra
Producer Arif Mardin
Carly Simon chronology
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Boys in the Trees is the seventh studio album (eighth overall) by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon, released in 1978.

The album included "You Belong to Me", which reached No. 6 on the Pop Singles chart and became Simon's fifth Top 10 pop hit. Another track, a remake of The Everly Brothers' 1958 hit "Devoted to You", sung as a duet with then-husband James Taylor, also made the Top 40 at No. 36.[1] The singles also hit the Top 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at No. 4 and No. 2, respectively.

The photo featured on the front cover of the album was expertly airbrushed to paint a Danskin top on what was a topless photo of Carly. The album won a Grammy for Best Album Package, the Grammy went to Johnny Lee and Tony Lane.[2]


Janet Maslin, writing in Rolling Stone, stated "Boys in the Trees is Carly Simon's most serene accomplishment to date, but its moods vary dramatically enough to indicate that peace of mind comes at a high price." When praising the single "You Belong to Me", Maslin went on to write, "It's a number that could easily have been belted out or growled à la "You're So Vain", but this time Simon prefers to sound more like a cat who's been dining on canary. Somehow, she's a lot more compelling using a gently chiding tone than she is striking a come-hither-or-else pose."[3]

Allmusic's William Ruhlmann rated the album a three out of five, writing "...what really made the album a winner was that Simon had had a couple of years to write some strong songs in her unflinching, reflective style, and she continued to explore the loves and mores of her age and class movingly." Boys in the Trees has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, for sales of over 1,000,000 copies in the United States alone.[4]


Year Recipient Award Result
1979 "You Belong to Me" Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Nominated
Boys in the Trees Best Album Package Won

Cover versions[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Carly Simon except where indicated.

Side one

  1. "You Belong to Me" (Simon, Michael McDonald) – 3:52
  2. "Boys in the Trees" – 3:13
  3. "Back Down to Earth" – 3:08
  4. "Devoted to You" (Boudleaux Bryant) – 2:29
  5. "De Bat (Fly in Me Face)" – 2:28
  6. "Haunting" – 2:28

Side two

  1. "Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)" (Simon, James Taylor, Arif Mardin) – 4:02
  2. "You're the One" – 3:38
  3. "In a Small Moment" – 3:08
  4. "One Man Woman" (James Taylor) – 3:39
  5. "For Old Times Sake" (Simon, Jacob Brackman) – 3:41



Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1978 Pop Albums 10

Album - International

Year Country Position
1978 Australia 27[5]
1978 Canada 4[6]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Devoted to You" Adult Contemporary 2
1978 "Devoted to You" Country Singles 33
1978 "Devoted to You" Pop Singles 36
1978 "You Belong to Me" Adult Contemporary 4
1978 "You Belong to Me" Pop Singles 6


  1. ^ AllMusic. "Carly Simon Awards". Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Awards". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (June 15, 1978). "Album review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Carly Simon certifications". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  5. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "CAN Charts > Carly Simon". RPM. Retrieved 2015-01-04. 

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