Wichita Lineman
Cassandra Wilson 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

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Jimmy Webb

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Comments from YouTube:

John Hextall

A lot of people seem to not like this version. I think it's incredible. Cassandra Wilson takes several popular classics, dismantles them and rearranges them in a very sparse but sophisticated rhythmic way that creates a tremendous amount of tension. If you are lucky enough to see her live, you can feel the songs straining, tearing themselves apart (and occasionally collapsing in a heap!). An event not to be missed. Music is all about tension and release, and part of the genius of her arrangements is to distill that tension into something so simple and beautiful.

Jivon Lee Jackson

I adore this version in fact I did not hear the original until I heard this release . Love them both, fantastic song!

Leon Roach

Saw this incredible singer some years ago and am still haunted by her vocal dexterity

MyStic MiNdz

John Hextall most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard just phenomenal ❤️✨


AMEN! So eloquently expressed. She raises the bar!

Eronildes Silva

Cassandra works her magic in a way that consistently drives me to tears. I cannot help it. My favourite is her rendition of U2's Love Is Blindness. While the original is a soulless, industrial spitting, Mrs. Wilson singing talks to my heart with feeling, sincerity, passion and resignation. A true artist this lady is.
And you, John, are a perceptive fellow. Kol akavod!


I love Cassandra Wilson's version of this song, because she doesn't hurry her delivery and uses space in interesting ways, and does wayward things with her voice, things I'm not used to hearing...but I also like Smokey's version, Tom Jones version, Glen Campbell's version and Sergio Mendes' version. If any out there in YouTube land are interested, go on to wiki and look at all the artists who've covered the song, it's incredible...


Slow dance to this one!


I've always loved this song, and great versions abound, but THIS is the singer this song was waiting for. PERFECTION.

Emery Dora

This is a really interesting interpretation of what might be one of the most amazing songs ever written. I can't believe this song was written under duress in the course of an evening. I like Cassandra's take on this. 

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