"Wichita Lineman" by Jimmy Webb & Glen Campbell

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I hear you singin' in the wire... I can hear you through the whine... and the Strong Songs podcast is talking about one of the best songs of all time.

On this episode, Kirk takes on Jimmy Webb & Glen Campbell's ethereal workin' song "Wichita Lineman," an ode to the profound poetry within all of us. It's a song without a chorus or a bridge that still feels complete, thanks largely to the way it subtly climbs from the street, to the wire, and up into the heavens.

Written by: Jimmy Webb

Produced by: Al De Lory

Performed by: Glen Campbell w/ The Wrecking Crew

Album: Wichita Lineman, 1968

Listen/Buy via Songwhip

ALSO FEATURED/DISCUSSED:

  • “God Only Knows” by Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys from Pet Sounds, 1966
  • Excerpts from "The Wrecking Crew!" documentary directed by Danny Tedesco, 2008
  • Excerpts from Dylan Jones' book Wichita LIneman: Searching in the Sun for the World’s Greatest Unfinished Song, 2019
  • “Galveston” by Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell from Galveston, 1969
  • Glen Campbell performing “Wichita Lineman” with a Fender Bass VI on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

OUTRO SOLOIST: Carlos "Insaneintherainmusic" Eieine

Carlos Eienie is a prolific multi-instrumentalist and YouTube creator who's done some extremely fun jazz arrangements of great video game music, among other things. You can find him on most social media as some variant of @insaneintherainmusic, and on his website at https://www.insaneintherainmusic.com/.

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