So Far Away (Carole King song)

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"So Far Away"
Carole King - So Far Away.jpg
Single by Carole King
from the album Tapestry
A-side "Smackwater Jack"
Released March 1971
April 22, 2008 (Legacy)
Recorded January 1971 at A&M Recording Studios
Genre Folk rock, soft rock, baroque pop
Length 3:55
Label Ode 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"

"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.

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[edit]


Chart (1971) Peak
Canada RPM 100 Singles 17
U.S. Adult Contemporary[5] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 14
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[6] 10


  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. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  4. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. 1996-04-20. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 
  5. ^ a b Billboard Singles charts for singles from Tapestry on allmusic
  6. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 2, 1971

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