Song Lyric Sunday Theme: Occupation – “Wichita Lineman”

“I am a lineman for the county
And I drive the main road
Searchin’ in the sun for another overload
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Songwriter Jimmy Webb was inspired to write Wichita Lineman  while driving along a completely straight highway flanked by an endless line of telephone poles.  Headed into the setting sun, he saw the silhouette of a solitary lineman atop one of the poles and believed it to be “the picture of loneliness.”

The song was recorded in 1968 by country music artist Glen Campbell and not only reached the top of the American country music chart  but also reached number 3 on the pop chart and topped the adult contemporary chart.

 

 

I am a lineman for the county
And I drive the main road
Searchin’ in the sun for another overload
I hear you singin’ in the wire,
I can hear you through the whine
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line

I know I need a small vacation
But it don’t look like rain
And if it snows that stretch down south won’t ever stand the strain
And I need you more than want you,
And I want you for all time
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line

And I need you more than want you,
And I want you for all time
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line

Songwriter: Jimmy Webb

Wichita Lineman lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

 

 

 

Song Lyrics Sunday

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. This really is a beautiful song and Glen Campbell is a great singer.

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    1. There’s something almost haunting about this song…

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  2. ghostmmnc says:

    Great song! It was on my short list of songs for this topic, so I’m happy you posted it! 🙂

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    1. It was the first song that popped into my mind. Of course, most of the songs that pop into my mind are from the 60s!

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