So Far Away (Carole King song)

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"So Far Away"
Single by Carole King
from the album Tapestry
B-side Smackwater Jack
Released March 1971
April 22, 2008 (Legacy)
Recorded January 1971 at A&M Recording Studios
Genre Folk rock, soft rock
Length 3:55
Label Ode Records
A&M Records
Producer(s) Lou Adler
Carole King singles chronology
"It's Too Late" / "I Feel the Earth Move"
"So Far Away"/"Smackwater Jack"
"Sweet Seasons"

So Far Away” is a song written by Carole King and appeared on her 1971 album Tapestry. The recording features James Taylor on acoustic guitar. In the 1995 album Tapestry Revisited, it was covered by Rod Stewart.

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 Magazine 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]


In 1972, the song was covered -- entirely as an instrumental, lasting almost 12-minutes -- by The Crusaders on their album Crusaders 1, with guitarist Larry Carlton featured prominently. The song also appears on the band's live LP Scratch. The studio version is on The Crusaders' compilation CD The Golden Years.

In 1996, Rod Stewart included a version of the song on his album If We Fall in Love Tonight. This version was previously released as a single 1995 for a Carole King tribute album Tapestry Revisited.

In 2001, The House Jacks recorded an a cappella version on their album "Drive," which is now performed by vocal groups around the world.

In 2002, Reba McEntire sang the song on her hit TV series Reba.

In 2007, the song was covered by Tina Arena on her album Songs of Love & Loss.

Also in 2007, the Filipino rock band Bamboo covered “So Far Away” on their third album, We Stand Alone Together.

In 2008, drummer Russ Kunkel and the group Chateau Beach covered the song from their album Rivage.[4]

On July 26, 2011, the funeral of Amy Winehouse in London ended with a rendition of the song.

In the final season of Glee this song will be featured in a mash-up with Alanis Morissette's You Oughta Know. It will be sung by Dianna Agron and Jenna Ushkowitz.


Chart (1971) Peak
Adult Contemporary[5] 3
Pop Singles[5] 14


  1. ^ a b 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 Magazine. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  4. ^ "Rivage overview". 
  5. ^ a b Billboard Singles charts for singles from Tapestry on allmusic

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