Carole King

It Might as Well Rain Until September

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Opening with one of the most penetrating questions in the annals of 60s pop - “what should I write? What can I say? How can I tell you how much I miss you?” - Carole King’s ”It Might As Well Rain Until September” falls into that wonderful sequence of end-of-the-school-year weepies that permeated the early decade, as a heartbroken girl mourns her separation from her boyfriend for the summer. “The weather here has been as nice as it can be,” she tells him in a letter, “although it doesn’t matter much to me.” What, after all, is the point of sunshine when there’s nobody to enjoy it with?

Over an accompaniment that matches soaring strings with clunky piano, King’s vocal positively aches with loss and envy. “My friends look forward to picnics on the beach… but …while your arms are out of reach, the summer isn’t any friend of mine.”

Originally released in early 1962 on the Companion label, ”It Might As Well Rain Until September” was then picked up to launch Don Kirshner’s Dimension, when it rose to #22 on the US chart… appropriately enough, in September.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1974
Original Soundtrack
Arista 2:20
No Image 1976
Various Artists
MCA 2:06
No Image 1983 MGM / UA
The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 2 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
Plus... 1991 Collectables
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: The '60s - Last Dance 1991
Various Artists
2:28
The Brill Building Sound 1993
Various Artists
Era Records 2:19
Rhythm of the Rain [Varese Sarabande] 1994
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 2:25
The Colpix-Dimensions Story 1994
Various Artists
Sequel 2:25
Unchained Melodies II 1995
Various Artists
Griffin 2:28
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
2:25
Brill Building Legends 1995 Brill Tone 2:26
Early Girls, Vol. 1: Popsicles and Icicles 1996
Various Artists
Ace 2:27
A Time to Remember: 20 Original Chart Hits from 1962 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 2:30
Femme Fatale: Grrrl Power, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Cleopatra 2:25
60's Girl Power 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:26
Grrrl Power 1998
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:25
On Broadway: Hit Songs and Rarities From the Brill Building Era 1999
Various Artists
Westside Records 2:25
Femme Fatale: History of Women in Popular Music 1999
Various Artists
Alpha Wave
Beyond Valley of Dimension Dolls: Girls Will Be Girls, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Westside Records 2:26
The Girl's Sound: Fifty Hits 1957-1966 2000
Various Artists
Double Gold / Doubles (UK) 2:24
Natural Woman: The Very Best of Carole King 2000 Sony Music Distribution 2:26
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Disky 2:27
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:26
Femme Fatale [Big Eye] 2001
Various Artists
Big Eye Music 2:25
The Dimension Dolls [Sundazed] 2003
Various Artists
Sundazed 2:27
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 2:26
The Essential Carole King 2010 Epic / Legacy 2:25
Original Hits: 60s Pop 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:26
100 Hits: Swinging 60s 2012
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:26
The 1962 British Hit Parade, Pt. 3: September-December [Acrobat] 2013
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:22
Britain's Greatest Hits 1962 2013
Various Artists
Acrobat Licensing / Fabulous 2:22
Dreamboats and Petticoats, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:24
Summer Holiday
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:25