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Telegraph Poles, Wichita Lineman

On this day 5th June in 1846 a Telegraph line opened between Philadelphia and Baltimore. With this in mind here is a famous song about a Lineman.

Wichita Lineman

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
Songwriters: Jimmy Webb
Wichita Lineman lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

2 replies »

  1. It’s my favourite song of all time.
    Although the single by Glen Campbell, achingly beautiful, is the well known version, you should check out the writer’s own version. From Jimmy Webb’s solo album ‘Ten Easy Pieces’.

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    • Will do Eammon, I love it too so was delighted to come across the wee date fact which gave me a good excuse to put it up. H

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