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It's Going to Take Some Time

"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.

"It's Going to Take Some Time"
Single by Carpenters
from the album A Song for You
B-side"Flat Baroque"
ReleasedApril 29, 1972
Format7" single
RecordedEarly 1972
LabelA&M 1351
Songwriter(s)Carole King
Toni Stern
Producer(s)Jack Daugherty
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"
Song by Carole King
from the album Music
ReleasedDecember 1971
Songwriter(s)Carole King, Toni Stern
Producer(s)Lou Adler

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

According to musicologist James E. Perone, the lyrics describe someone recovering from a relationship that has ended.[1] They contrast the current situation, where the singer sings that "it's going to take some time this time" with her future recovery from the sadness.[1] Perone interprets the syncopations of much of the music as reflecting her recovery, but notes that the smoother, unsyncopated music at the end of each verse bring her back to the present day reality.[1]

Actress Jessie Mueller, who portrayed King in the Broadway musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, regards "It's Going to Take Some Time" as one of her favorite King songs, adding that King "knows how to write a breakup song! She can encapsulate a feeling and mood so well, and with such depth and simplicity at the same time."[2]

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



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  1. ^ a b c Perone, James E. (2006). The Words and Music of Carole King. Praeger. p. 45. ISBN 0275990273.
  2. ^ Taras, Rebecca (June 24, 2014). "Tony Award-Winning Jessie Mueller On Playing Carole King". Refinery29. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1973-07-08. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  4. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.

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