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Post by Blackstar on Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:24 am

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WICHITA LINEMAN
Album:
Glen Campbell, Wichita Lineman, 1968.

Written by:
Jimmy Webb.

The song has been covered by many other artists, notably Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, James Taylor, R.E.M. and Stone Temple Pilots (with Glen Campbell).

Live performances:
Guns N' Roses started to cover this song as a tribute to Glen Campbell, who passed away on August 7th, 2017. The first performance was at the concert in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on August 30, 2017. It has been played at all the concerts of the Not In This Lifetime tour since then.
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

[Instrumental Interlude]

And I need you more than want you, and I want you for all time
And the Wichita Lineman is still on the line

[Instrumental to end]


Quotes:

[...] right now I really enjoy singing Wichita Lineman. It has such a haunting vibe especially with Glen’s passing and our version feels a lot like old Guns acoustically to me. [Interview with Icelandmag, July 25, 2018]
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Post by Uli on Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:54 pm

@Blackstar wrote:[...] right now I really enjoy singing Wichita Lineman. It has such a haunting vibe especially with Glen’s passing and our version feels a lot like old Guns acoustically to me.

That's a nice quote from Axl - because when I listened to one of the first few recordings of GnR covering this one, I felt too that it sounds a bit like an acoustic track the band might've done around '88-'91! Cool
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Post by Blackstar on Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:08 am

@Uli wrote:
That's a nice quote from Axl - because when I listened to one of the first few recordings of GnR covering this one, I felt too that it sounds a bit like an acoustic track the band might've done around '88-'91! Cool

I agree! I like GnR's version and I think this kind of song fits the current band.
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Post by Soulmonster on Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:22 pm

I also really liked the first version they did of it and agree completely with you guys. I didn't know the original version (and still don't) and when I listened to the first time they covered it, the end sounded like old school GN'R acoustic jam.
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