♫ Will You Love Me Tomorrow ♫

I played this one over a year ago, January 2019, but at that time I included only the Shirelle’s version.  Tonight I was trolling YouTube for a song to play and I came across another version, this one by Carole King, a co-writer of the song, and my heartthrob, James Taylor, and I was excited, having forgotten that I had played the Shirelles version just about a year-and-a-half ago.  I have to admit that, much as I love James Taylor, I still think there is no comparison and that the Shirelle’s version is far and away the best!  So, tonight I offer both versions … turn the headphones up, sit back, and enjoy!


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/Carole King & James Taylor

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

 

23 thoughts on “♫ Will You Love Me Tomorrow ♫

    • Thanks, Patty! I’m glad you liked it! All is … okay with me. Of course the current situation in our country costs me sleep and appetite, and makes me an ol’ grouch, but otherwise I’m fine. And you? Still enjoying the job? Big hugs!!! ❤

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        • Ahhhh … I read that a while back, but had forgotten! I’m glad you’re okay … sheltering in is best, and I am doing the same. I no longer even go to the grocery store, but order online and drive thru to pick up my order. So, I am a complete recluse now! And you know what? I don’t really mind it.
          Yeah, I’m suffering the angst of watching and being helpless to stop this train wreck. I believe … I have to believe … that Joe Biden will win in November. That doesn’t solve the problem, but it’s a start. Hang in, dear friend! ❤

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  1. Sorry, but my vote goes for Carole King. I have always loved “Tapestry”, which is where I heard the song first. I love the depth of feeling King expresses, and James Taylor is an added bonus!

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  2. Jill, great tune and very artistic lyrics. Gerry Goffin was a great lyricist matching King’s musicality. The first stanza leaps off the page as it asks a time honored question, will you still love me tomorrow? The passion will ebb, so the question is pertinent.

    If you have not seen the musical play “Beautiful” about her career, you should see it when it comes through. By the way, that is a nice harmony with James Taylor. Keith

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