Carole King - It's too Late - 1971

Introduction to "It's Too Late" by Carole King

"It's Too Late" is a classic song from 1971, written and performed by the legendary American singer-songwriter Carole King. This track is from her famous album "Tapestry", which is celebrated for its profound impact on music history. The song, known for its melancholic melody and reflective lyrics, won a Grammy Award and has been covered by numerous artists over the years.

Background and Composition

  1. Learn about the songwriting process and the inspiration behind "It's Too Late".
  2. Explore the 1970s music scene and how this song fits into the era's cultural context.
  3. Understand the role of piano in the composition, a signature of Carole King's style.

Impact and Legacy

  1. Examine the impact of "It's Too Late" on feminism in music and its role in shaping the singer-songwriter genre.
  2. Discover covers and renditions by other artists and how they interpret the song.

Quiz: Questions on the Song

What year was "It's Too Late" released? (1971) (!1969) (!1975) (!1980)

Which album features "It's Too Late"? (Tapestry) (!Blue) (!Court and Spark) (!Ladies of the Canyon)

What is the primary instrument used in "It's Too Late"? (Piano) (!Guitar) (!Drums) (!Violin)

What Grammy award did "It's Too Late" win? (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) (!Album of the Year) (!Best New Artist) (!Song of the Year)

Which theme is predominantly explored in "It's Too Late"? (The end of a relationship) (!The joys of new love) (!The struggles of fame) (!The beauty of nature)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is Carole King's real name? (Carol Joan Klein) (!Carol Anne King) (!Karen Elaine Johnson) (!Joan Elizabeth King)

Before her solo career, Carole King was part of a songwriting duo with whom? (Gerry Goffin) (!James Taylor) (!Neil Sedaka) (!Joni Mitchell)

Which of these songs is also written by Carole King? ("(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman") (!"Respect") (!"Like a Rolling Stone") (!"Bridge Over Troubled Water")

For which musical did Carole King write the music? (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) (!Wicked) (!Hamilton) (!The Phantom of the Opera)

How many Grammy Awards has Carole King won throughout her career? (Four) (!One) (!Eight) (!Twelve)

Quiz: Questions on the Lyrics

Which line follows "Stayed in bed all mornin' just to pass the time" in "It's Too Late"? ("There's something wrong here, there can be no denyin'") (!"One of us is changin', or maybe we just stopped tryin'") (!"And it's too late, baby now, it's too late") (!"But it used to be so easy, livin' here with you")

The lyrics "And it's too late, baby now, it's too late" suggest a feeling of... (Resignation) (!Excitement) (!Hope) (!Anger)

In "It's Too Late," Carole King sings about... (The end of a relationship) (!Starting a new journey) (!Her rise to fame) (!A joyful reunion)

What does Carole King mean by "Something inside has died"? (The loss of love and connection) (!A literal death) (!A career failure) (!A lost friendship)

The song's lyrics emphasize the theme of... (Change and moving on) (!Reminiscence and nostalgia) (!Unrequited love) (!Happiness and contentment)


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Carole King Tapestry
1971 Year of Release
Piano Primary Instrument
Grammy Award Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Relationship's end Main Theme of the Song

Open Tasks


  1. Research Carole King: Find out more about Carole King's early life and career.
  2. Analyze Lyrics: Write a paragraph analyzing the lyrics of "It's Too Late".
  3. Create a Playlist: Compile a playlist of songs from the 1970s that share themes with "It's Too Late".


  1. Cover the Song: Record your own cover of "It's Too Late".
  2. Write a Review: Write a review of the album "Tapestry".
  3. Discuss the Impact: Discuss how "It's Too Late" influenced feminist movements in music.


  1. Compose a Song: Write and compose a song inspired by "It's Too Late".
  2. Analyze Music Trends: Explore how music trends have changed since the 1970s and their impact on modern music.
  3. Create a Documentary: Produce a short documentary on the significance of Carole King's music.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Lyrics: How do the lyrics of "It's Too Late" reflect societal attitudes of the 1970s?
  2. Compare Artists: Compare and contrast Carole King's musical style with another artist from the same era.
  3. Analyze the Album: What makes "Tapestry" a groundbreaking album, and how does "It's Too Late" contribute to its success?
  4. Music Evolution Analysis: Discuss how the role of female singer-songwriters has evolved since Carole King's era.
  5. Songwriting Process: Analyze the songwriting process of Carole King and its influence on modern music.

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