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Wichita Lineman:Glen Campbell

Artist: Glen Campbell

Album: Wichita Lineman

Appears On (Mixes): Jeff Bridges... I Don't Need No Jeff Bridges To Put Music To My Poem!

Song Notes: This is pretty much the track that is the reason I make sure to stress that none of the songs were chosen Ironically. I've always thought Glen Campbell was sort of unfairly maligned as Square or something. He might be square, but he was also really good. There were a few songs I thought about for this slot, like "Gentle on My Mind" or "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife", but I went with this one; it's one a lot of people have heard of (like "Rhinestone Cowboy"), but one I'm not sure if many people know, have heard recently, or ever really paid attention to. This one is written by Jimmy Webb, who's written a lot of great, classic songs like "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "The Highwayman" (he's also written "MacArthur Park", I assume after he got hit in the head). "Wichita Lineman" is such a sad song of longing. Also—I guess some people don't know this, but a lineman is a guy who works for the phone company and gets up on the telephone poles to fix the phone lines. If you don't know that, it kind of would make the song not make a lot of sense. Maybe that's why people tend to put this song in the "cheesy/cornball" file? - Rev. Syung Myung Me


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