Carolina in My Mind


Carolina in My Mind was written and performed by James Taylor. The song first appeared on his 1968 self-titled debut album.

Charlotte, North Carolina

“Taylor wrote it while overseas recording for the Beatles’ label Apple Records, and the song’s themes reflect his homesickness at the time. Released as a single, the song earned critical praise but not commercial success…Paul McCartney played bass and sang harmonies on this song. Taylor said that George Harrison also sang a part, but was not credited on the album.”

The song has become of staple of his concerts over the years.

In 1976, Taylor re-recorded the song for his Greatest Hits album. This is the version most commonly recognized.

“”Carolina in My Mind” has been called an unofficial state anthem for North Carolina. It is also an unofficial song of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, being played at athletic events and pep rallies and sung by the graduating class at every university commencement.”


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