"By The Time I Get To Phoenix" as written by and Jimmy Webb....
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.


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"By the Time I Get to Phoenix" as written by Jimmy Webb

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    General CommentA broken relationship.
    Jimmy Webb once said a listener told him that the song's lyrics were logistically impossible. The driving distances are too far between Phoenix - Alberquerque - Oklahoma to do it all in a day !
    chrisb1on September 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJust close your eyes and let it happen. The mood --the pure hubris of the singer. Webb is so underrated and missed from the music scene of the oughts.
    quilcene54on October 23, 2009   Link

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