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Saturday, 26 June 2010

But the Wichita Lineman is still on the line...



And I need you more than want you...

And I want you for all time,

But the Wichita Lineman is still on the line...

Romance, rural living, excess, loss and the love that can never be...

Courtesy of Mr Glen Campbell...

Merci monsieur...

And more than thirty years on...



And, omigod, the originator of so many wonderful country songs, written in his twenties, and still stunning today, Jimmy Webb:




What am I going to reminisce about today, with this song? Where does it take my mind back to?

I don't really know. I remember listening to the radio quite a lot when I was younger. I used to record the Top 20 onto a Soundhog cassette tape, after my weekly bath, trying to time it just right to cut off the inane DJ's chatter from spoiling my favourite songs, like this one.

...Except I would only have been a tot when it was first released in 1968. Love of it must just be in my blood somehow. I probably saw Glen Campbell on TV, Morecambe and Wise or Des O'Connor's show...

What would we have been like in those days if our generation(s) had had the luxuries and distractions of Youtube and I-Tunes?

I can scarce imagine it.

We didn't even have Central Heating at home when I was a nipper. I still have the tiny pale scar on the top of my milky-white thigh where a spark flew from the coal fire and singed through my (highly flammable) nylon nightie one evening while I was warming myself before bed-time with a cup of hot milk. My childhood staple. If I'm feeling icky or wanting to see myself off to sleep, a cup of frothy hot milk with one sugar can still do the trick for me...

If you could pick any 'luxury' item, product or thingie from the current era and take it back with you to when you were a Teenager, what would it be?

Fhina is on the line and she's listening...

5 comments:

Gigi said...

Easy-peasy - Internet. It has it's drawbacks, but the ability to connect with people across the world? The ability to put your thoughts out there for anyone to see? That's what would do it for me.

Saz said...

...and l need you more than want you..

that ache in the voice you feel it...

this is one of my top ten ever songs...l adore it and just bought it on LP...we are sisters under the skin certainly ma soeur!!

Derrick said...

Hi Fhina,

Don't know about taking something back but the songs from our youth certainly bring back memories and Glen Campbell was definitely amongst them. Just like Dusty with "I Only Want To Be With You" (1963) or The Supremes with "Baby Love" (1964), when I was only 8 or 9. But they are still vivid!

Z said...

I think it would be an iPod.

Mind you, that supposes that there would be an internet and computers and iTunes back 40 years ago, doesn't it?

slommler said...

Well I would take my cell phone but no one else would have one...soooo...I take my Canon Rebel and my computer!! Blow peoples minds it would!!
Hugs
SueAnn

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