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Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman lyrics

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



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    This song is what my dad did for over 40 years
    he worked many a hours over time & in any weather condition (ice storms/etc) & he was dedicated to his job no matter what.
    He started out working for his brothers electrical company then went to a coop then he started his own comapany
    he had accidents (pole snapped/line getting turned on before he was done) & he still went back to doing lineman work after he got well enough
    he even worked in other surrounding states during ice storms (ok/nm)
    I worked with him & in an ice storm in nm & it's no fun climbing a pole with an inch or so of ice on it & the wind is blowing the snow, but that's what he did as his choice of a career
    he died 02/17/12 & this song reminds me of what it takes to do this job & stay at it no matter what just like my dad did.
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    I've never thought about this song any other way than about what my Gpa did for a living. He helped build the railroad. Wichita Lineman! Raised his family in a box car for years. He wants his job but more than that he needs it to survive and raise his youngun.
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    It describes one man's dedication to his job. Albeit a love/hate relationship. "someone has to do it. " contrary to popular belief. I feel it's a love song. But not about a woman. But about a man who loves his work. In spite of it all. "i can hear you singin' in the wire, i can hear you through the whine". I believe refers to the next "overload". Which any seasoned lineman is "tuned" into. It's the next overload…which keeps him employed…or should I say…"still on the line. " which he -needs" more than wants.
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