• Brian L. Barefield

You've Got a Friend

In 1971, a songwriter by the name of Carole King recorded a song that would transcend throughout time. “You’ve Got a Friend,” was on King’s album Tapestry and it would also be included on her friend, James Taylor’s album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon where it would rise to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. King (Song of the Year) and Taylor (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance) would receive Grammy Awards for the timeless classic.

The chorus of the song goes as follow:

You just call out my name And, you know, wherever I am I'll come running To see you again

Winter, spring, summer or fall All you've got to do is call And I'll be there, You've got a friend.

That song has been on my mind lately because of everything that people are going through in their personal lives. Especially the strong ones who repeat the phrase, “I’m Good” so much that it has become part of their vocabulary. Believe me. I know because I am part of the, “I’m Good Army.” Heck. I might be a Five-Star General in that Army.

Your strong friend or family member will give the façade that everything is always great, when they are really screaming on the inside due to stress, anger, pain, loss of loved one, etc. They are the ones who you need to sing these lyrics too. It does not matter if you sing it off-key. Just let them know that you are there. And keep reiterating it even when they get mad and holler or cuss at you.

They don’t mean to direct their anger towards you, they just are used to bottling up their emotions. Stay strong. They will tell you in time what’s going on. It’s just a trust thing. We need to know that we can trust you not to look at us as being weak, when in all actuality the weak part has been us keeping it in all this time. Yes. I know it is confusing. Never said it was easy.

According to reports, Carole King wrote the song after listening to an earlier song by Taylor “Fire and Rain.” In that song, Taylor wrote, “I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend.”

This goes out to anyone who reads this article.

“You just call out my name.” I promise I will try my best to get to you. No one should ever have to fight this battle alone and as long as I am breathing, you won’t.


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