So, Carole is up for a cull again. But what are we losing? #24 So Far Away 8.44 Highest scorers: 10 x 3 (@pop3blow2, @KamikazeHeart, @Lila) Lowest scorers: 6 x 1 (@Filippa) Thread title lyrics: Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell From one song about travel to another, as we sadly lose my favourite song on Tapestry and Carole is knocked down to just four songs. I love this, and I mean I really do love it. It captures everything I love most about this album, namely the way she expresses so simply and wonderfully the most crushing emotions and the most heady of heights. She combines both of them in this one song, dwelling on both the pain of missing someone and the sheer delight being close to them can bring. It's the agony and the ecstasy of love wrapped into a chorus and a verse; missing someone is painful but it's a worthwhile sort of suffering because it always brings you closer to them again. There's a reason "parting is such sweet sorrow" is such a famous Shakespearean line as, like all of his best, it's true. Saying goodbye can be as awful as the deepest wounds, but it's a melancholy that is tinged with the happiness of having been with them and the hope that you will one day again. So many songs about travelling are about looking for something, or running away from it. I'm thinking of Hejira, Joni's greatest album and my all time favourite, and the way it elevates driving to a form of meditation, suggesting that the only way we can reflect, and perhaps be redeemed, is alone with the open air and the blue highways. But there is no spirituality in the act itself for Carole. It is about the destination and that alone, as we just saw with her land of honey in Way Over Yonder. Travelling is a burden, not a blessing, something that closes the mind rather than opens out. Hejira of course came five years after the Joni album we're rating here, but it's still a dichotomy that highlights neatly the differences between the women, especially since Blue itself still features travel as a mode of meditation and self-discovery. The remarkable thing about Tapestry is that it is a record with an enormous amount of self-knowledge. Carole comes to us confident, not questioning what there is but in fact telling us, sharing what she has already found in the hope that it will help us as much as it helps her. For a woman with a life already lived there is nothing to be gained from moving around because home is quite literally where the heart is and there can be no greater domesticity than being content with yourself. The love she has to give comes from the love she already has for herself (not to paraphrase RuPaul...) and there is no higher purpose or greater answer she needs to seek. It is remarkable then that she makes a song with such a straightforward message sound so beautifully poetic. I'm sad to have to say goodbye, but all partings have a silver lining and the one to be found here is that it exists in the first place. The lowest score I have commentary for is @Trouble in Paradise's (8): "A classic with a timeless message but also a bit too on the nose (and I’m sorry, too overplayed) to stand with the highest highs of this rate." I'm glad you appreciate it enough to still give it a generally high score. Giving the same is @abael (8), who seems slightly more positive: "It may just be nostalgia, but the next room over instrumentation these 70s tracks had seemed to always give tracks more emotional impact." I know exactly what you mean. After his last score, @Maki (8.25) has decided to be a bit more generous: "This grew on me. At first it sounded a bit boring, but I eventually got to really like the melody and lyrics. The outro is beautiful, too." Shockingly, this is @Music Is Life's (8.5) lowest score in the rate: "I really like this, especially the production, with that piano." I'll cede to @pop3blow2 (10) who once again proves his superlative taste: "Probably my favorite song on an album full of songs I love. So there’s that. The melody here is something I went back to again & again when I was learning how to write songs. It’s such a sad song… mainly due to her lyric choices & passionate vocal. The production flourishes on here on some of my fave on the album…. like the flute outro & the little ‘traveling around’ vocal bridge."