"It's Too Late" as written by Carole King and Toni Stern....
Stayed in bed all mornin' just to pass the time
There's somethin' wrong here, there can be no denyin'
One of us is changin', or maybe we've just stopped tryin'

And it's too late, baby now, it's too late
Though we really did try to make it
Somethin' inside has died, and I can't hide
And I just can't fake it, oh, no, no

It used to be so easy, livin' here with you
You were light and breezy, an' I knew just what to do
Now you look so unhappy, and I feel like a fool

And it's too late, baby now, it's too late
Though we really did try to make it
Somethin' inside has died, and I can't hide
And I just can't fake it, oh, no, no

There'll be good times again for me and you
But we just can't stay together, don't you feel it, too?
Still I'm glad for what we had and how I once loved you

But it's too late, baby now, it's too late
Though we really did try to make it (we can't make it)
Somethin' inside has died, and I can't hide
And I just can't fake it, oh, no, no, no, no, no

It's too late, baby, it's too late now, darling
It's too late


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"It's Too Late" as written by Toni Stern Carole King

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    General CommentI love Carole King. She was a staple of youth for many of us. This song is so simple yet poignant. "It's too late." Thank God we get to keep all the good memories, even though they were too few.
    BringOntheMusic2012on February 08, 2012   Link
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    General CommentTo me,this is a song about a couple who has been together so long that they grew apart from each other. That it's probably hurting the both of them but there's nothing they can do to fix the relationship because it's too late. It's over.
    babydaul16on May 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOne of the very best singer-song writers of all time. Truely brilliant
    lonelyoneon September 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat song.
    OpinionHeadon June 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI became so obsessed with this song when my boyfriend and I broke up. It was such a perfect song about our relationship. We were so happy, but we drifted apart, and by the time we went to fix it, it was just too late. And we were both appreciative of the time we had together, but it was just over. Sad but also very matter-of-fact and makes it seem ok.
    ewings73on August 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFirst time I heard this song was in the movie "Fandango" (with Kevin Kostner).
    Envy337on October 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBrilliant. Carole King had such an amazing voice. Her songwriting was truly remarkable as well. I love how at the end she states how there will be more good times for the both of them, but not together. I think it's such an amazing line as well that she is grateful for what they once had and how she once love him. Awesome words
    convinceon February 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the best break-up songs ever written, I think. It perfectly describes my own. It was just over, and it was too late to change anything and there was nothing either of us could do. I love Carole King. Tapestry is one of my favourite albums.
    SNEEZEon October 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIs there a particular reason this is currently showing the lyrics to I Feel The Earth Move?
    stygimolochon February 12, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthis is the song that describes what i went through with my breakup. I so wanted to stay together but i knew it was over, not in my heart but in life. Keep wondering why and how it all happened and how could i fix it. but could never see how and regrets forever. I think as long she's happy i should be happy but not together. I am grateful to her and will always love her.
    stonesforeveron April 23, 2012   Link

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