Full lyrics HERE.
You would assume, after listening to this song, that it must have leaped into the composer’s head almost as a completed whole. The lyrics, melody, and soaring instrumental solo fit together so seamlessly that it’s hard to imagine they weren’t conjoined with one another from conception.
But they weren’t.
Carole King composed the melody then handed it to David Palmer, who wrote the lyrics. Saxaphonist Tom Scott added the solo during recording.
(The “Jazzman” who inspired the song was rumored to be Curtis Amy, who played with King on her breakthrough album Tapestry.)