Carole King

I Feel the Earth Move

Composed by Carole King

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The flip side to Carole King's 1971 number one smash "So Far Away," and nearly as big a hit in its own right, "I Feel the Earth Move" is the ultimate in hippie-chick eroticism. King's high-pitched, and frankly kind of weedy, voice will never be one immediately thought of as sexy, but that's a huge part of the song's immense charms: "I Feel the Earth Move" is the sound of an average person -- the "natural woman" King had written about for Aretha Franklin a few years before -- in the throes of passion, overwhelmed by a guy who's probably no Adonis himself, but whose very presence causes the singer to tremble like a barely set JELL-O mold. There's something so plainspoken and everyday about King's lyrics and her swooning delivery, not to mention the pumping, piano-led groove of her band, that "I Feel the Earth Move" sounds like the unleashing of an entire generation of soft-spoken college girls' collective libidos. Live, King would play with this aspect of the song, extending the "tumblin' down, tumblin' down" coda teasingly.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Tapestry 1971 Epic / Legacy
Her Greatest Hits: Songs of Long Ago 1978 BMG / Epic / Legacy / Ode Records / Sony Music Entertainment 2:58
No Image 1983 MGM/UA
Legends [DCC] 1986
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
In Concert 1994 Jvc Victor 3:26
A Natural Woman: The Ode Collection (1968-1976) 1994 Legacy / Epic/Legacy 2:58
The  Carnegie Hall Concert: June 18, 1971 1996 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 3:58
Women on Top of the Charts 1997
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:00
Super Hits 2000 Epic / Sony Music Distribution 3:19
Really Rosie/Her Greatest Hits/Tapestry 2000 Epic/Legacy 2:58
Natural Woman: The Very Best of Carole King 2000 Sony Music Distribution 2:59
Chart Toppers [Sony] 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:00
Singers & Songwriters: Early '70s [2001] 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Women & Songs: Beginnings 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 3:00
Collections 2004 Sony BMG 3:19
The Living Room Tour 2005 Concord Records (Canada) 4:03
The Carnegie Hall Concert/Fantasy/Rhymes & Reasons 2005 Madacy 3:36
The Collection 2006 Sony Music Distribution 2:58
No Image 2007 Epic 2:59
Welcome to My Living Room 2007 Rockingale Records
Collector's Edition 2008 Madacy 3:36
The  Essential Carole King 2010 Epic / Legacy 2:59
Amy's Jukebox: The Music That Inspired Amy Winehouse 2011
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams 3:18
A Beautiful Collection: Best of Carole King Epic 2:58
No Image
Various Artists
Hard Rock Cafe Falcon / Membran
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