“You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor

Genuine friendship is the premise of “You’ve Got a Friend” which sheds light on how a reliable friend can help a person through life easily. In this song, Taylor offers his untainted love and support to a friend while giving them assurance that he will always be there for them as soon as they call.

As the singer admits that people can hurt and abandon a person if they allow them, he assures his friend that even in her darkest moments he’ll come quickly and help her out. Like the saying goes, the singer promises to be this person’s true friend by acting as such in her most difficult moments.

Lyrics of James Taylor's "You've Got a Friend"


This classic addresses the need and importance of having a friend one can always rely on.

Facts about “You’ve Got a Friend”

“You’ve Got A Friend” was released as a single in 1971. It was a part of Taylor’s third album entitled “Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon”.

It was originally written and recorded by iconic American singer, Carole King that same year. King’s version was part of her iconic 1971 album entitled “Tapestry”. However, it never became as popular as Taylor’s rendition/cover.

Taylor’s version performed very well across the globe and peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. In the United Kingdom, the song placed fourth on that territory’s official Singles Chart.

As one of the major hit songs in the 1970s, other musicians have provided their own versions. Some notable artistes that have done this include Michael Jackson as well as Dusty Springfield.

Did “You’ve Got a Friend” win any Grammys?

Yes. It won Taylor the “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance” prize at the 1972 Grammy Awards. King’s edition was also honored with the “Song of the Year” Grammy.

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