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Encyclopedia > By the Time I Get to Phoenix

By the Time I Get to Phoenix is an American pop song written by Jimmy Webb and made famous by Glen Campbell, whose version reached #3 on the U.S.Pop charts in 1967. It was originally recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1965. It has become a pop standard, and is reportedly one of the most covered songs in history, with thousands of different versions recorded. Covers include those by Isaac Hayes, Marty Wilde, and Nick Cave. Jimmy Webb (born August 15, 1946 in Elk City, Oklahoma) is an idiosyncratic American popular music composer. ... Glen Campbell, December 2004 This article is about the singer. ... Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella, 7 November 1942, in New York) is an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. ... The term pop standards refers to an American songwriting, arranging, and singing style that is widely considered as the high point of Western vocal popular music. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... For the American arctic explorer, see Isaac Israel Hayes Isaac Lee Hayes (born August 20, 1942, in Covington, Tennessee) is an American soul and funk singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, and actor. ... Marty Wilde (born Reginald Leonard Smith, April 15, 1939, in Greenwich, South London) is an English singer and songwriter. ... Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 2005. ...


The song consists of a man describing his decision to leave his woman, by writing her a note telling her, and his descriptions of what he expects she will be experiencing as he arrives at certain locations.

By the time I get to Phoenix, she'll be rising...
By the time I make Albuquerque she'll be working...

and Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country United States State Arizona Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Nickname: Location in the state of New Mexico Coordinates: , Country United States State New Mexico County Bernalillo Founded 1706 Government  - Mayor Martin Chavez Area  - City  181. ...

By the time I make Oklahoma she'll be sleepin'...

Webb, a Los Angeles resident when he wrote the song, was raised in Oklahoma. Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ...


How "true" is the journey?

There have been some who have pointed out that the type of trip described in the song, based on the conditions of roads in the U.S. in 1965, would be unlikely. Presumably the singer is leaving Los Angeles (or the west coast), and would expect to get to Phoenix, a distance of over 370 miles, in only a few hours, on what would then have most likely been Route 66 to be infeasible. It is also a distance of over 500 miles from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, and in the song he indicates that his ex-lover might telephone him during lunch while he's already at or past that point. As for the last point mentioned, Oklahoma, the nearest point in Oklahoma, the town of Felt, would be more than 1150 miles and even at Interstate speeds would take more than 17 hours. To reach a major city such as Oklahoma City (straight through on Interstate 40 from Albequerque) would exceed 1375 miles and take almost 20 hours. Thus the scenario as described in the song is probably unlikely to occur. Alternate meanings of Route 66: New Jersey State Highway 66, Interstate 66, and a company named after the route US Highway 66 or Route 66 was and is the most famous road in the United States highway system and quite possibly the most famous and storied highway in the world. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Felt is a small community in Cimarron County, Oklahoma. ... Interstate Highways in the lower 48 states. ... Nickname: Location in Oklahoma County and the state of Oklahoma. ... Interstate 40 (abbreviated I-40) is a major west-east interstate highway in the United States. ...


Unless, of course, the trip was spread out over several days.


However, if the singer departed right after she fell asleep this all seems possible.


 
 

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