I am a classical pianist and singer and am no stranger to gorgeous melodies and harmonic twists and turns and yet, for the life of me, I can't get over this song. I recently worked away from my family for 6 months and it made the song's resonance even more attractive. It was then that I heard Wichita Lineman again for the first time in years. live cover version - both are beautiful. This thesis starts to evaporate further when you consider that received wisdom says that the more complex a song is, the more it will endure. )This is my favorite song!!! "....and I need you more than want you and I want you for all time..." is probably the most evocotive, all-embracing line in any love song ever written....and yet, the song in it's entirity has an elusive quality...... haunting and beautiful.... familiar and brand new, all at the same time. I remember secretly playing it at home when my Dad wasn't around. It sounded amazing. Such is the talent of Jimmy Webb, in my opinion he is the most inspiring song writer ever to grace this earth. I agree with Guy also from Leicester, its a classic which makes me feel sad sometimes but also it's a lovely song.....and if I ever fall truly in love then the guy that also gets this song gets my vote! 'Wittchita Lineman' is indeed a beautiful song, and I can only agree 100% with Jim and the other posters. I cry almost every time i hear it. The late Glen Campbell, well, he just wasn't cool enough once upon a time, was he? I never get tired of this song. If it was a short story, it would have been the first one maybe in one of those stout anthologies of American stories that appeared around 30 years ago in venerable, fat paperbacks, edited by fellows like Richard Ford and Tobias Wolff. It's either a brilliant piece of music or my imagination! The song describes a telephone lineman's yearning for his lover, he hears her 'singing in the wire’ - what an image that is, pure poetry. Dave Gilmore, Ashton Under LyneI first heard this in the 70s when I was in my mid-teens and into heavy rock music . Pete Fenelon, YorkA wonderfully uneasy piece of easy listening; a piece of minimalist existential theatre set to a gorgeous tune. Very haunting. "That’s what we grew up with," said Campbell, " the good songs, the good lyrics, the good big-band stuff. Contains one of my all time favourite lyrics; 'I love you more than need you, and I need you for all time'. this is probably the record with the most "atmosphere" ever captured. It was first released by Johnny Duncan in 1968. “It was the voice, a beautiful, haunting thing.”. It was first released by Johnny Duncan in 1968. Finnish, Seul est l'indompté “It came out without any effort whatsoever,” Webb told me: I don’t remember putting any particular concentration behind it, which may be why it flows. "Wichita Lineman" is a popular song written by Jimmy Webb in 1968, first recorded by Glen Campbell and widely covered by other artists. It was played at my dad's funeral when i was 11. Flett was even blown away by Webb’s singing, which shows you how in thrall he was. Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. It’s a strange song, full of strange pictures, allied forever in our consciousness to Campbell's plaintive but optimistic vocal. I now consider it as one of my favourite songs ever. © RTÉ 2020. Would Doug like to hear a demo of “Wichita Lineman,” this new song he’d written? Then it got to a point where a guy would come running up to me and say, “The greatest line ever written!” And I’d say, “Let me guess.” It became so pervasive it became like a meme. I think the fascination comes from the fact that it just pushes the language a little bit beyond what it was really meant to express, because it could be deemed perfectly nonsensical—“I need you more than want you / and I want you for all time.” I mean, those are all abstract concepts, all jammed up together there. Quick as a flash, Flett followed Webb into his own studio, where he was afforded the luxury of hearing Webb belting out his demo version of the song, complete with improvised coda. A new version of Last.fm is available, to keep everything running smoothly, please reload the site. FANTASTIC. He said we hang on to songs because they are part of our “identity construction,” and that we are always trying to use them to get back to our lost paradise. It might have an unusual structure, and the lyrics might be particular, but it’s not exactly “Bohemian Rhapsody,” not exactly comparable to the type of intricate prog rock made by the likes of Yes, Camel or Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Some neuroscientists believe that our brains go through two stages when we listen to a piece of music that we like: the caudate nucleus in the brain anticipates the build-up of our favorite part of the song as we listen, while the nucleus accumbens is triggered by the peak, thus causing the release of endorphins. There is no other singer like Glen Campbell who is the best. It's either a brilliant piece of music or my imagination! Just like the sound one might expect pulsing through the telegraph lines in the state of Wichita in the Sixties? It is a very "American Mood" song. Steve TaplinEver noticed how the music halfway through the song sounds a bit like a morse code effect? KE West, Leighton BuzzardA wonderful song with a beautiful arrangement. Published with permission from Faber & Faber. I recently worked away from my family for 6 months and it made the song's resonance even more attractive. What more can I say? TJ, DerbyshireCame across this song via an R.E.M. live cover version - both are beautiful. It is also interesting how many other artists quote this as an inspirational song. I'm still stunned a week later... Paul T, Bury St EdmundsFor me, this is the best love song of all time. During his 50 years in show business, Campbell released more than 70 albums. Too much could be made of that, however, and many of us anyway love lots of things in our eclectic age. A few weeks ago i woke up on the sofa at about 2am to one of those adverts on TV selling a compilation album of love songs. Webb, the writer, is the subject of chapter two, Becoming Jimmy Webb and thus it proceeds. John Black / Silsbee, TEXAS / USAThe best American pop song ever. Your reviewer's first trip out of Ireland in late December 1975 was on a long-distance truck through Europe. My dad had bought a Glen Campbell LP and as soon as I heard it I was completely knocked out by it. Bob Stanley, the musician and author, says that the line is the most beautiful in the pop canon, “one that makes me stop whatever I’m doing every single time I hear it.”. Glorious stuff. Wichita Lineman is one of the best if not the best love songs of all times, but only when sung by Glen Campbell. I bought a copy of one of Glen Campbells albums and only this morning plyed Wichita Lineman for the first time. I played it over and over again and couldnt stop playing it. It is a very "American Mood" song. There is no other singer like Glen Campbell who is the best. Don Golden, COIt's a great song, I know you'll all hate me but I think Wade Hays' cover is better, possibly the most beutiful song ever. written by Mogol “It is a continuing miracle that an art form so potent and influential in the emotional lives of human beings is available to virtually anyone who wants to enjoy it. Glorious stuff. The fundamental reason Flett liked the song so much was one particular line, the dying fall, the line about needing someone more than wanting them. Love this song ... simply one of the best ever. What more could you say about love? When I started seriously performing in my later years, about twenty years ago, I moved east and I played all the big nightclubs in New York, and I think I was exposed to an audience that really appreciated the finer points of songwriting a little bit more than maybe the surfer guys that I grew up with. We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Dylan Jones is an interesting choice as the man to write this work because he was, through his youthful years, successively, a Dean Martin, Beach Boys, Bowie, Steely Dan and Ramones ‘obsessive,' with of course, Campbell/Webb hoving into sight at some point. It has never palled or suffered through overexposure. it is just a fantastic song... it makes me think about all things nice, warm and loving... like sunset in the garden in the winter, wrapped in my favourite sweater and in the arms of my loved one. These were songs about American places, but the point is they travelled well through Europe, being in essence road songs that depended on the redolence of place names. . We use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. I have been a Glen Campbell fan for 37 years and no matter how many times I listen to Wichita Lineman, I never get tired of it. "And I need you more than want you, and I want you for all time" Chilling!!!!!!!!!! Where Are the Unlikeable Female Characters in Young Adult Fiction? Maybe I was too young to appreciate the sentiment, the emotion and atmosphere this piece of brilliance creates. Bobbie, Los AngelesLately I am absolutely bewitched by this song. Otherwise there would be no decent book, crafted with love. Label: Capitol Records - 7243-5-35229-2-6 • Series: Capitol Records - 5352292,Cornerstones • Format: CD Album, Remastered, Reissue • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & … I’d laugh. “I was trying to express the inexpressible,” Webb said, “the yearning that goes beyond yearning, that goes into another dimension, when I wrote that line. Check out the wonderful alliteration in the lyrics 'and if it snows that stretch down south won't ever stand the strain'. “It wasn’t just the song,” said Flett. He is best known for a series of hits …, Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American rock and country music singer, musician, songwriter, television host and actor. It's a great song, I know you'll all hate me but I think Wade Hays' cover is better, possibly the most beutiful song ever. written by Jimmy Webb I know someone who heard “Wichita Lineman” before it had been recorded. Webb was born in Oklahoma in 1946, Campbell was born in Arkansas ten years earlier in 1936, before his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. ted norton key west fl usathe lyric is equivalent to impressionism in painting, just a man's thoughts on the job sketched out roughly. We need your consent to load this YouTube content. My father listened to Glen in the 70's--I would hear it emanating from his shop as he worked and even then I remember it having a mysterious pull over me as a young child. Its timeless and breath taking, makes me think of my childhood. I get goose bumps every time I hear it! Dave CookeGreat song, but check out Jimmy's 'If You Must Leave My Life' or 'Didn't We'. At that age you had your music and your Dad had his. My only complaint is that it is so short! I played it over and over again and couldnt stop playing it. With his partner Guy Fletcher, Flett would go on to write “The Fair Is Moving On” and “Just Pretend” for Elvis Presley, “Is There Anyone Out There?” for Ray Charles, “I Can’t Tell the Bottom from the Top” for the Hollies, and “Fallen Angel” for Frankie Valli, but at the time had only just started writing. “It is need, more than want, that defines the narrator’s relationship; if they need their lover more than wanting them, then naturally they will want them for all time. I first heard this in the 70s when I was in my mid-teens and into heavy rock music . even though the song is about a telephone repairman, there is a clear metaphor of long distance love that transcends boundaries. such an evocative song. Plaintive, melancholic and upliftifting at the same time....timeless. Before it became Glen’s song, it was a matter of Jimmy sitting down to a piano on his own, dreaming it up, or channeling it, more like. Wichita Lineman was released by Glenn Campbell and written by Jimmy Webb in 1968.