James Taylor is one of my all-time favorite singers. I guess I owe that to my uncle, who would strum a guitar and sing James’s music around a campfire as I sat and listened while roasting marshmallows. Campfires are the perfect atmosphere for Taylor’s songs.
I often wonder about Jame’s faith and if he hasn’t secretly woven some hidden-Jesus-love into the songs he wrote and sang. Such is the case for this song… even though he didn’t write the song, he made it famous and I often wonder which “friend” he is really singing about.
When your down and troubled – And you need a helping hand – And nothing, whoa nothing is going right. – Close your eyes and think of Me – And soon I will be there – To brighten up even your darkest nights.
CHORUS: You just call out My Name, and you know wherever I am, I’ll come running, to see you again. Winter, spring , summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah. You’ve got a friend.
If the sky above you – Should turn dark and full of clouds – And that old north wind should begin to blow -Keep your head together and call My Name out loud – And soon I will be knocking upon your door.
Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend – People can be so cold. – They’ll hurt you and desert you, well they’ll take your soul if you let them – but don’t you let them…