Carole King: Tapestry Meaning
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An everlasting vision of the ever changing view
A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold
A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold
Once amid the soft silver sadness in the sky
kevin.schappert.3 Apr 19th, 2014 4:02pm report
It's probably an exercise in futility but here goes...being that all Of The songs Of "Tapestry" fit together, this must also. The álbum is about The experiences Of her Life that have created The tapestry Of blue (sad, negative) and gold (Rich, rewarding). Tapestry The song is somewhat frightening. It relates some difficult, possible horrifying experience that brings The writer to a point Of redemption in Natural Woman, The last song on The álbum which follows Tapestry. What that experience is only King knows. The song contains many religous references--Joseph's coat Of many colors, Jesús tattered clothes and leathered skin after scourging, The Apple from The Tree Of Good and Evil--King is Jewish and undoubtedly had extensive instruction in The Old Testament. Who The drifter is could be King herself. The Gray and ghostly figure is a spirit that rescues her at The end. Could be God or whatever she percieves God to be, but talking her back is bringing her back to her natural self--what she was meant to be--her destiny. Paving The way for The last song. Interestingly, The original order Of songs put Tapestry last, but King wisely decided to alter that. After all, it is an álbum Of personal discovery and should end on a positive note.
anonymous Jan 20th, 2019 1:21pm report
I do think that the song is about her life. Being a nurse and tending to many people who seemed cursed in one way or another, I have wept for them many times over the years and believe on occasion I have helped to alleviate their suffering. I believe my life was created by the touch of God, my Father and the figure coming to take her back fits well with the belief that He will come sometime in my life to take me back. I do believe that things such as poetry and song lyrics are purposely ambiguous so that someone like me will find solace and meaning throughout the years.
anonymous Sep 23rd, 2017 9:37pm report
The song is loosely based on Tolkein's books
The Lord of the Rings. The books were popular at the time and they had already used Gandalf Publishing, I believe, to publish the songs.
kooljohn176 Jun 24th, 2016 6:53am report
A richly beautiful, but haunting song about having love for that Someone from a ''distant'' past that wasn't well known or understood in her life's ''Tapestry'', where That Man was bewitched by a wicked spell and who eventually was left abanded by the side of the road, hopping like a toad that finally landed on a river rock, waiting in the sun for warmth and to be seen. THEN, ''As I watched in sorrow, There suddenly appeared, A figure gray and ghostly beneath a flowing beard, In times of deepest darkness, I've seen him dressed in black, Now my tapestry's unraveling-he's come to take me back, He's come to take me back''. Anotherwords, sometimes it only takes a genuine faithful kiss of love to turn back the wicked spell[Toad] back into a Prince or a King for Him to be free to make him the man dressed in black through Him like a Knight in shinning armor that came to take her back to a Heavenly Place or like the saying goes Heaven can wait a little longer now while They're here on Earth.
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