As Time Goes By
Vic Damone Lyrics


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By the time I get to Phoenix she'll be rising
She'll find the note I left hangin' on her door
She'll laugh when she reads the part that says I'm leavin'
Cause I've left that girl so many times before.

By the time I make Albuquerque she'll be working
She'll probably stop at lunch and give me a call
But she'll just hear that phone keep on ringin'
Off the wall that's all.

By the time I make Oklahoma she'll be sleepin'
She'll turn softly and call my name out low
And she'll cry just to think I'd really leave her




Tho' time and time I try to tell her so
She just didn't know I would really go.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Vic Damone's song "By The Time I Get to Phoenix" tell the story of a man who is leaving his girlfriend for the umpteenth time. As he travels through various states on his way to Phoenix, the woman will go through a range of emotions upon finding the note he left behind. She will laugh because he has left her so many times before, but as he continues on his journey, she will become increasingly emotional. When he reaches Albuquerque, she will likely call him on his phone during her lunch break, only to hear it ringing with no answer. Finally, by the time he makes it to Oklahoma, she will be sleeping and call out his name softly, crying at the thought that he is actually leaving her, despite his previous promises that he is not.


The lyrics are powerful because they paint a vivid picture of a relationship that is clearly in turmoil. The man, despite his many promises to stay or change, cannot seem to break the cycle of leaving and returning. The woman, on the other hand, is left to deal with the pain and heartbreak of his absence. The repetition of phrases like "so many times before" and "time and time I try to tell her so" highlight the frustration and futility of the situation.


Line by Line Meaning

By the time I get to Phoenix she'll be rising
I will take a long time to get to Phoenix and by then, it will already be sunrise.


She'll find the note I left hangin' on her door
I have left a note on her door telling her that I am leaving.


She'll laugh when she reads the part that says I'm leavin'
When she reads the note, she will find it amusing that I am leaving yet again.


Cause I've left that girl so many times before.
I have left her so many times before that she has become accustomed to it.


By the time I make Albuquerque she'll be working
It will take a while to get to Albuquerque and she will already be at work.


She'll probably stop at lunch and give me a call
She may take a break at lunch and try to call me.


But she'll just hear that phone keep on ringin'
When she calls, she will hear the phone ringing but I will not answer.


Off the wall that's all.
It will go straight to voicemail, which will be disappointing for her.


By the time I make Oklahoma she'll be sleepin'
It will take even longer to get to Oklahoma and she will be asleep by the time I arrive.


She'll turn softly and call my name out low
If she wakes up, she will gently call my name.


And she'll cry just to think I'd really leave her
She will feel sad when she realizes that I am actually leaving.


Tho' time and time I try to tell her so
Even though I have tried to explain to her that I am leaving, she still doesn't really believe it.


She just didn't know I would really go.
She may not have taken my previous departures seriously, but this time I am truly leaving for good.




Lyrics © Kanjian Music, BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jimmy Webb

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