Song Spotlight: “You’ve Got A Friend”

Four people stand on the edge of a hill looking towards a sunset with their arms around each other and back to the camera. Song spotlight genre label reads, "folk rock/soft rock."
  • Mood: Comforting, Supportive
  • Themes: Friends, Friendships, Emotions 
  • Tempo: Slow & Relaxed
  • Genre/Style: Folk-rock, Soft Rock

“You’ve Got A Friend” is a song written by Carole King for her 1971 album Tapestry

The song’s comforting melody and heartfelt lyrics have made it an enduring anthem of friendship and support. In a world filled with uncertainties and challenges, knowing that there is someone who will stand by your side through thick and thin can be a source of immense comfort. 

Here are some of the lyrics:

When you’re down and troubled

And you need some lovin’ care

And nothin’, nothin’ is goin’ right

Close your eyes and think of me

And soon I will be there

To brighten up even your darkest night

As you listen to “You’ve Got a Friend,” take a moment to reflect on the friendships in your own life. Cherish the moments shared, celebrate the laughter and the tears, and remember that no matter what challenges lie ahead, you’ve got a friend who will always be there for you.

This is a great song to use in a 1:1 setting or group and would go well with a collection of songs that explore the theme of companionship and friendship. Other complementary songs may include “Lean On Me,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and “You Got A Friend In Me.” 

Try This:

Theme This song would fit well into a friendship and companionship theme. 

Listen and watch a live recording of Carole King and James Taylor performing this song.

Add expressive movement  and invite participants to explore different ways to move to this lively song.

Ask participants to list out qualities of a good friend. 

Listen and compare different cover versions of the song. 

Invite participants to think of other songs about friendships and companionship.

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