♫ Will You Love Me Tomorrow ♫

We’re going waaaaay back tonight … almost 60 years … some of you weren’t even born when this song was first recorded by The Shirelles!  Written by the husband & wife songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King, the song hit #1 in the U.S., the first ever to reach that milestone by a black, all-girl group.  It has since been recorded by many artists over the years, including a 1971 version by co-writer Carole King.

When first presented with the song, lead singer Shirley Owens (later known as Shirley Alston-Reeves) did not want to record it, because she thought it was “too country.” She relented after a string arrangement was added. However, Owens later recalled that some radio stations had banned the record because they had felt the lyrics were too sexually charged.  My how times have changed!!!

Goffin and King were proud of their breakthrough hit and had their New Jersey home’s doorbell “pretentiously and expensively” modified to play it.

Will You Love Me Tomorrow
The Shirelles

Tonight you’re mine, completely
You give your love so sweetly
Tonight the light of love is in your eyes
But will you love me tomorrow

Is this a lasting treasure
Or just a moment’s pleasure
Can I believe the magic in your sighs
Will you still love me tomorrow

Tonight with words unspoken
You say that I’m the only one
But will my heart be broken
When the night meets the morning sun

I’d like to know that your love
Is a love I can be sure of
So tell me now and I won’t ask again
Will you still love me tomorrow

So tell me now and I won’t ask again
Will you still love me tomorrow
Will you still love me tomorrow
Will you still love me tomorrow

Songwriters: Carole King / Gerry Goffin
Will Love You Tomorrow lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

27 thoughts on “♫ Will You Love Me Tomorrow ♫

    • It’s funny that I hadn’t heard nor thought of this song in years, and it suddenly popped into my head as I bent down to take a towel out of the dryer! I do some of my best thinking while slaving over a washer/dryer! Glad you liked it!
      Cwtch Mawr

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  1. Hmmm, can we say “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights”? How times have changed, even between the early 60s and the late 70s, not to mention till today. But the question is as timeless as youth growing into adulthood, and as perverted by Puritan mores. I can remember having these conversations with young women, and meaning everything I said. But things changed, and the person I was, or the people they were, changed over time, making those words meaningless.
    The problem as I see it is we are told we have to be in love to have sex–if not married–and so we confuse lust with love. Male or female, the sex drive is extremely strong through our teens and early adult years, but a lifetime of conditioning, especially for young women, colours what we are feeling inside. On top of that is the fear of pregnancy for the women. It is such a confusing time, our bodies lust, our minds are told we need love, and our hearts find out there is a breaking point.
    And this brings us back to what religions, and parents, tell us about sex–almost like they have forgotten what it was like to be young and feeling our hormonal drives.
    THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY! And there is a better way, we just have to take our ostrich heads out of the sand to see it.

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    • Oh, and by the way, the Shirelles version is like young love, where Meatloaf’s song is definitely the lusty version. Some days I prefer the Shirelles, but others Meatloaf sounds more real. Either way, they are real life. And tbey each have their place…

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    • Ah yes … the reality is that what one says in the heat of the moment may well be sincere at that moment, but may be viewed differently the next moment. Both alcohol and sex seem to have that effect on the mind. You hit on something I have said for decades now … people confuse lust and love, and the two are not the same at all … sometimes they aren’t even related. That said, my own personal mores, if you will, are that I don’t do ‘casual sex’ … for me, it has to have a deeper meaning than just a casual ‘one off’, else why bother? But that’s just me, and I understand that I am, perhaps, an anomaly. It isn’t religious, nor anything to do with social norms … it’s just how I feel. There has to be more … if not actual ‘love’, then at least deep, caring feelings.

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      • Okay, not that I disagree with you, BUT!
        Have you ever tried casual sex, just for fun? Are you sure that your need for deep caring if not love is actually you, and not just the result of your upbringing in a Puritan-based society? Have you never needed to be sexual with someone despite not having feelings for them?
        I am not trying to pry into your life, or to convince you to change your life perspective, because for the most part I agree with you. I have even been mentally and emotionally hurt by a one-night stand. But there are also women I have met who it felt right to want to have sex with them, and they with me, without any other attraction. If you have ever met such a person you know what I mean. I have met two, and spent time with one. We both understood it had to happen (Don’t ask me why?) and that it only had to happen once. It was mystifying, yet it was completely mutual. I’m not sure I even rember her name, but I remember her.
        And it is because of that I sometimes question my motivations. I think there is a definite societal piece to believing sex needs some kind of attachments. Life is strange, and so is sexual attraction.

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        • Only once did I try casual sex “just for fun”, and frankly I found it awkward … there was no connection, no bond. That’s not because of any puritan mores, simply because it had zero meaning. And no, for I have been perfectly content without romantic love in my life and don’t go seeking or searching for somebody to love me out of either some idea that it is necessary for my happiness or that it is what society expects. When/if it happens, then I don’t shut it out, but I don’t feel that I am incomplete without a man to love and be loved by. For me, sex only matters if it is with a person I care very much for … otherwise, there is no joy and I’d rather spend my time going for a walk or reading a good book.


          • Thank you for your honesty. It is amazing how many women I talk to who at some point in their lives reach the point they can feel complete without a man around. Some men get there, but it seems not as many as do women. I can’t say why that might be, it just seems to be true.

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  2. My wife and I had the great pleasure of hearing Carole King sing and play this song from the stage of a small auditorium in Concord, NH. She was campaigning for John Kerry in the 2004 NH Primary. A superb song by a gifted songwriting team.

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    • And to you also, my friend! Glad you liked the music! Let us hope for at least a bit of good news in the coming year, though I suspect we will also be bombarded with stressful moments again this year. Hugs!!! ❤

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