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It's Too Late
Carole King Lyrics


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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, no, no, no
(No, no, no, no)

It used to be so easy, livin' here with you
You were light and breezy, and 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
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

Overall Meaning

Carole King's song "It's Too Late" is a heartbreaking portrayal of a deteriorating relationship. The lyrics depict two people who were once in love but now find themselves on different wavelengths. The opening lines "Stayed in bed all mornin' just to pass the time / There's somethin' wrong here, there can be no denyin'" set the tone for the whole song. The singer is hiding in bed from reality, and there is a palpable sense of sadness and resignation. The second verse, "It used to be so easy, livin' here with you / You were light and breezy, and I knew just what to do / Now you look so unhappy and I feel like a fool," highlights how the love has faded away, and both partners are now struggling to find happiness.


The chorus of the song, "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, no, no, no," is repeated throughout the song, with a growing emotional intensity. The chorus is the realization that the relationship is over, despite attempts to save it. The bridge, "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," suggests there is hope for the future, but it is too late to save the relationship.


Overall, "It's Too Late" is a poignant song that speaks to anyone who has ever experienced a failed relationship. It captures the emotions of heartbreak, disappointment, and resignation that come with the end of a love affair.


Line by Line Meaning

Stayed in bed all mornin' just to pass the time
I spent the morning in bed because I didn't know what else to do with myself


There's somethin' wrong here, there can be no denyin'
I can feel that things are not right between us; it's impossible to ignore


One of us is changin', or maybe we've just stopped tryin'
Either one of us has changed, or we both stopped trying to keep things the way they were.


And it's too late, baby, now it's too late
It's too late to fix things between us; there's no going back now


Though we really did try to make it
We put in a lot of effort to try to make things work


Somethin' inside has died
We've lost the spark that used to keep us together


And I can't hide and I just can't fake it
I can't pretend that everything is okay when it's not


Oh, no, no, no, no, no
I am really upset about the situation


It used to be so easy, livin' here with you
Things were so much simpler when we were both happy and content


You were light and breezy, and I knew just what to do
You used to be carefree and easy to be around, and I knew how to make you happy


Now you look so unhappy and I feel like a fool
Seeing you unhappy makes me feel like I failed you in some way


There'll be good times again for me and you
Even though things are bad now, I know we'll both be happy again someday


But we just can't stay together, don't you feel it, too?
We have to accept that staying together is not the best thing for us; you feel it too, don't you?


Still I'm glad for what we had and how I once loved you
Even though things didn't work out between us, I'm still grateful for the love we had and the memories we shared


It's too late, baby, now it's too late
It's too late to make things right between us; we missed our chance


Though we really did try to make it
We put in a lot of effort to try to make things work


Somethin' inside has died
We've lost the spark that used to keep us together


And I can't hide and I just can't fake it
I can't pretend that everything is okay when it's not


Oh, no, no, no, no, no
I am really upset about the situation


It's too late, baby
We missed our chance to make things work between us


It's too late now, darling
It's too late to salvage our relationship now


It's too late
We've reached the end; there's no turning back




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Carole King, Toni Stern

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Carole King: "It's Too Late"
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Joni Mitchell: "Big Yellow Taxi"
Crosby, Stills, and Nash: "Southern Cross"
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Cat Stevens: "Wild World"
Chicago: "Feelin' Stronger Every Day"
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Patty Smyth: "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough"
Diana Ross: "Touch Me in the Morning"
Barbara Streisand: "The Way We Were"
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@adellatorres3753

This song remains me off my husband when we got divorce in the late 70 i use to hear it all the time. We were divorced for a couple off years but by the Garcia off God. God bought us back together and we got remarried again we were married for 54 years. Iam 82 years old now and my beloved husband has gone to be with our havenly father. And today one off son's came up the stairs and he was hearing music on he's phone and they were playing that song. I hadn't heard it for a long time and it bought tears to my eyes.

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