I did not know, but I'm glad to know now, that this song had a pretty high ranking on a top 500 list, even if it is Rolling Stone. I think it's one of the best pop songs in the American songbook. Anybody hearing just the music would know immediately that it was an American song. Plus the lyrics do capture a visual that does seem uniquely American. I have it in my collection, along with By The Time I Get To Phoenix and Gentle On My Mind. Great music.Posted by Kerry at July 7, 2013 3:03 PM
One more worker keeping all running so that those in the coffee houses can post how evil are those types of people...Posted by Mikey NTH at July 7, 2013 5:28 PM
It's Washita County. From Wikipedia: "Jimmy Webb's inspiration for the lyrics came while driving through Washita County in rural southwestern Oklahoma. At that time, many telephone companies were county-owned utilities and their linemen were county employees. Heading westward on a straight road into the setting sun, Webb drove past a seemingly endless line of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the distance, he noticed the silhouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole. He described it as "the picture of loneliness." Webb then "put himself atop that pole and put that phone in his hand" as he considered what the lineman was saying into the receiver. Glen Campbell added in a statement to the Dallas Observer that Webb wrote the song about his first love affair with a woman who married someone else.
The actual song lyrics mention the name "Wichita" rather than Washita. Campbell said it was because "Wichita sings better."Posted by Jerry at July 7, 2013 6:30 PM
The press celebrated Glen Campbell as the "next big thing," when this hit broke. The Beatles had left the press breathless in anticipating the rave, though things never broke that way again.Posted by Estoy Listo at July 7, 2013 7:16 PM
My grandfather was Kansas City lineman. This song makes me miss him terribly.Posted by Jewel at July 7, 2013 9:43 PM
And somewhere out there in the Great Beyond, I'm sure a grizzled one time Kansas City Lineman is missing his little girlPosted by Callmelennie at July 8, 2013 6:13 AM
"And I need you more than want you, and I want you for all time"...best line ever.
One of my favorite songs. Period.Posted by Dave at July 8, 2013 6:54 AM
The song makes me wistfully sad for a time long past, when apparently lyrics in a song said something about someone that was moving or touching or meaningful.Posted by David at July 8, 2013 9:12 PM
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I am a big fan of Adult Contemporary music and the only radio station that plays a wide range of this music is 97.9 WRMF. I am also kept updated on the station’s latest promotions and community events. Visit their website for live streaming at www.wrmf.comPosted by sarahlovesmuzic at October 21, 2013 7:43 PM
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