Musings From A Musical Mind

I have always liked this song.  I’ve heard it off and on throughout most of my life.  It appeals to the “ordinary” in all of us.  I like what Jimmy Webb and Billy Joel said in their thoughts below:

Songfacts™:

“This was written by Jimmy Webb, who also wrote Campbell’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Galveston.” He was driving along the Kansas-Oklahoma border when he saw a lonesome telephone lineman working atop a telephone pole. This gave him the idea for the song.

In our interview with Jimmy Webb, he explained how he puts himself into the shoes of the subjects of this songs. Said Webb: “I’ve never worked with high-tension wires or anything like that. My characters were all ordinary guys. They were all blue-collar guys who did ordinary jobs. As Billy Joel likes to say, which is pretty accurate, he said, ‘They’re ordinary people thinking extraordinary thoughts.’ I always appreciated that comment, because I thought it was very close to what I was doing or what I was trying to do. And they came from ordinary towns. They came from places like Galveston and Wichita and places like that.”

I notice ordinary people living ordinary lives too – and always wonder similar things about them.  What is their life like?  Who are their people?  Do they love the same as I do?  Do they have a family?  I think some of the greatest songs come out of the ordinary.  Things that happen in daily lives going about a ‘work-a-day’ week.  It doesn’t take the huge and significant things in our lives to make a difference.  It’s the little things.  The ordinary. 
Enjoy!
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 lineI 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 lineAnd I need you more than want you,
And I want you for all time
And the Wichita lineman is still on the lineWriter/s: WEBB, JIMMY
Universal Music Publishing Group
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