"W*O*L*D" as written by and Harry F. Chapin....
Hello Honey, it's me
What did you think when you heard me back on the radio?
What did the kids say when they knew it was their long lost daddy-o?
Remember how we listened to the radio
And I said "That's the place to be"
And how I got the job as an FM Jock the day you married me?
It was two kids and I was was into AM rock
But I just had to run around
It's been ages since I left you babe
Let me tell you 'bout what's gone down

I am the morning DJ at W*O*L*D
Playing all the hits for you wherever you may be
The bright good-morning voice who's heard but never seen
Feeling all of forty-five going on fifteen

The drinking I did on my last big gig, it made my voice go low
They said that they liked the young sound when they let me go
So I drifted on down to Tulsa, Oklahoma to do me a late night talk show
Now I worked my way down home again, here to Boise, Idaho
That's how this business goes


I been making extra money doing high school sock hops
I'm a big time guest MC
You should hear me talking to the little children
And listen what they say to me
Got a spot on the top of my head, just begging for a new toupee
And a tire around my gut from sitting on my butt
But it's never gonna go away

Sometimes I get this crazy dream
That I just take off in my car
But you can travel on ten thousand miles and still stay where you are
I've been thinking that I should stop disk jockeying
And start that record store
Maybe I could settle down if you'd take me back once more

OK Honey, I see
I guess he's better than me
Sure, Girl, I understand
You don't have to worry; I'm such a happy man

W*O*L*D, W*O*L*D, W*O*L*D, W*O*L*D, W*O*L*D*

I am the morning DJ at K*A*H*J
Playing all the hits for you, playing 'em night and day
The bright good morning voice who's heard but never seen
Feeling all of forty-five, going on fifteen
I am the morning DJ at W*O*L*D, W*O*L*D, W*O*L*D, W*O*L*D

Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by brandon08967

"W*O*L*D" as written by Harry F. Chapin

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    General CommentBut you can travel on ten thousand miles and still stay where you are

    One of the best lines in any song ever. It is so true. Physically you can change your location, but your still the same inside.
    theziggon August 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI used to be a radio D.J. and I met many a guy who was now in their 40s & 50s, worked in a dozen or so radio markets through the years, had a ex-wife and kids he's lost touch with over the years, and just seemed miserable. Even the joy of being a radio D.J. is gone and they are kinda stuck in a rut like a drug addict. And everytime new music comes out, it just makes them feel older.

    It is a sad existance that I know well...and when I hear this song, it makes those feelings come right back to me. IT IS AN EXCELLENT SONG capturing a time back in radio.
    jersey73on July 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentVery telling lyrics. I know people that are DJ's. Their work is so unstable. Your job depends on ratings and the public can be very fickle. What was hot yesterday can be todays dog. One day your show is the top rated show in your market. Offers are coming from every one. Then new numbers come out and someone else is the top dog. You get dropped with little to no warning. Many times you don't get the chance to thank your listeners and say goodbye (management has had a few DJ's go off on air before... at least that's there rationalization). One day you turn on the radio and a new voice is there.

    Sure, there are some DJ's who have seemed to be on the radio forever and others that are gone in a week. This happens to radio stations too. I can't tell you how many stations in Los Angeles (my home) that have changed formats or call letters.

    The live version of this song was recorded in Los Angeles, hence the change of lyrics from WOLD to KHJ. Back in the 60's KHJ (AM station) hence the lyrics "I am the morning DJ at K*H*J" and the station had a format called "Boss Radio" and it was a big deal when I was a kid, hence the reference in Harrys lyrics "It was two kids and I was into AM rock".

    I have friends and acquaintances that have been all over the country because of the fickle nature of radio. Now with many of the stations being owned by the few large communication corporations, costs are being cut. DJ's are being canned. Especially the older, well known air talent... regardless of their excellent ratings. Many are try to make the stations look more profitable so they can sell them for a profit because terrestrial radio is losing ground to satellite and internet radio and podcast.

    This will come to bite the corps on the rear if they can't sell the stations quickly. Without the talent, many listeners will drift away and the numbers will fall. As numbers fall, the price they can charge for airtime to advertisers will also drop and affect the bottom line. I do not envy anyone wanting to be a DJ. Sure there are guys that make millions but that is not common. Many make an excellent living (especially if they work in a large market) but the people that work in little towns at low power stations often have other sources of income as they wait to be discovered and recruited for a bigger station, syndication, movies, or something else lucrative.
    robertbb99on May 09, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe no one else has commented on this song. Harry Chapin had a gift for capturing the profound sorrow that comes from living life. Phenomenal singer/songwriter.
    RyanJ1983on April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI dont know why this song resonates so much with me, hell, im fifteen! guess that just goes to show that some songs are powerful to everyone that heres it. shame i cant find more people who know it...
    sidoravichon September 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a great song and evokes such an emotional feeling. I think the amazing thing about how this was written was how one sided the conversation the DJ is having with his ex-wife. Always about himself, what he's been up to, what he wants to do...never how are you and the kids (Just asked if the kids knew it was him on the radio). What a song writer.
    Grannyfieldon April 06, 2017   Link

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