"Gerry Goffin is one of the best lyricists in the last 50 years. He's a storyteller, and his lyrics are emotional. 'Natural Woman,' 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.' These are perfect examples of situations, very romantic, almost a moral statement. Gerry is writing about a girl who just might let a guy sleep with her and she wants to know, 'is it just tonight or will you still love me tomorrow?' Goffin could write a female lyric. If he could write the words to 'Natural Woman,' that's a woman speaking. Gerry put those words into Carole's mouth. He was a chemist before he was a full time lyricist. He's very intelligent and obviously emotional." - Lou Adler (Ode Records owner)
''Aretha took her inspiration from those gospel singers with that, and I was like, ‘Well, that’s cool.’ Then she sat down at the piano. She’s a great player, but she had not been playing piano in her later life like she used to. In that footage, you see me turn to my daughter and I say, ‘She’s playing!’ Then everything went up and up and up, and she gets to ‘You make me feel so aliiiive,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God.’ She was giving her all in a way I had not seen her give in a long time. And then, of course, she drops the mink. I was in the balcony, but my friend who was on the orchestra level heard it go thud.'' - Carole King (songwriter)
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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