The Real Line Man

The Real Line Man

Jimmy Webb is one of the most accomplished American composers of popular music whose many hits include “Galveston,” “Up, Up and Away” and “MacArthur Park.” His music is ingrained in the soundtrack of American pop culture and his songs are considered standards, having been covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra, Carly Simon and Joe Cocker. It is however, his collaborations with artist Glen Campbell that most people associate this prolific composer. In this boomitude original podcast, Jimmy Webb talks about the inspiration behind the 1968 hit song “Wichita Lineman.”

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Wichita Lineman – Music & Lyrics by Jimmy Webb

I am a lineman for the county.
And I drive the mainroad.
Lookin’ in the sun for another overload.

I hear you singing in the wire.
I can hear you thru 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.

Jimmy Webb – Ten Easy Pieces
Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman

Jimmy Webb