Carole King was - is - a prolific songwriter who could sing. She released her second album, Tapestry, in 1971, and it became a worldwide sensation. Winning several Grammys, it also spent 15 weeks on top of the Billboard Top 200 album chart, the longest any woman has held the spot.
This song, a highlight of Tapestry, was a top 20 hit for her in October of that year. Supported by James Taylor on guitar, the song is very straight-forward about missing someone who isn't there. However, the song isn't just about physical, but also emotional distance. It's a song full of meloncholy on several levels.
All these years later, she still performs the song. Here she is, with James Taylor, in 2013, at the Boston Strong concert, doing an earnest and possibly too chipper version of the tune.