It's Going to Take Some Time

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"It's Going to Take Some Time"
Single by The Carpenters
from the album A Song for You
B-side "Flat Baroque"
Released April 13, 1972
Format 7" single
Recorded Early 1972
Genre Pop
Length 2:58
Label A&M 1351
Writer(s) Carole King
Toni Stern
Producer(s) Jack Daugherty
The Carpenters singles chronology
"Hurting Each Other"
"It's Going to Take Some Time"/"Flat Baroque"
"Goodbye to Love"
A Song for You track listing
Side one
  1. "A Song for You"
  2. "Top of the World"
  3. "Hurting Each Other"
  4. "It's Going to Take Some Time"
  5. "Goodbye to Love"
  6. "Intermission"
Side two
  1. "Bless the Beasts and Children"
  2. "Flat Baroque"
  3. "Piano Picker"
  4. "I Won't Last a Day Without You"
  5. "Crystal Lullaby"
  6. "Road Ode"
  7. "A Song for You (Reprise)"

"It's Going to Take Some Time" is a song written by Carole King and Toni Stern for King’s 1971 album, Music. It was redone by the Carpenters in 1972 for their fourth album, A Song for You. According to Richard Carpenter, he had to choose which songs he wanted to remake, and there was a big pile of 7" singles he had to listen to. When he encountered "It's Going to Take Some Time", he knew it would be a hit, and recorded it. The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Tim Weisberg played the flute during the instrumental section of the song.

King is quoted as saying that the duo's lush, string-laden cover, including a flute solo, made her own more sparse version sound "like a demo".

The band Dishwalla covered the song on the 1994 tribute album, If I Were a Carpenter.


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  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 

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