Month: December 2018

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Carole King and Gerry Goffin’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”: When a “Song” Becomes a “Copyright”

Carole King and Gerry Goffin’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”: When a “Song” Becomes a “Copyright”

Music

What is it about this song that makes it so enduring?  Perhaps it’s the way its simple, relatable lyrical concept is married to its emotionally elegiacal melody.  Like most great songs, it’s hard to imagine the lyrics and melody existing apart from each other—as if they were created as one.  Because “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” translates so well from genre to genre, language to language, and decade to decade, it has become one of the great copyrights—a published song with multiple recordings—of its era (or any era, for that matter).

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