Song Lyric Sunday

This week  Helen Espinosa‘s prompt for  Song Lyric Sunday  is:

A song from the very first band you saw in concert.

So back we go to 1971 or ’72, I was 14 and loved the music of Jim Croce. Jim Croce was an American folk singer and songwriter, who died in a plane crash in 1973 at the age of 30. He was playing at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in New York City and my friend’s parents said they would drive us into the concert. I think there were 3 or 4 of us that went. I can’t remember many details of the concert, just the excitement of actually going to a concert and hearing the music of Jim Croce live. He became famous for his songs “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle” which both hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. My favorite song though was “Operator”. I remember crying when hearing the news that he had died, it seemed unbelievable as it was shortly after I had seen him in concert.

“Operator (That’s Not The Way It Feels)”

Operator, well could you help me place this call
See, the number on the match book is old and faded
She’s living in L.A
With my best old ex-friend Ray
A guy she said she knew well and sometimes hated

But isn’t that the way they say it goes
Well let’s forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell ’em I’m fine, and to show
I’ve overcome the blow
I’ve learned to take it well
I only wish my words
Could just convince myself
That it just wasn’t real
But that’s not the way it feels

Operator, well could you help me place this call
‘Cause I can’t read the number that you just gave me
There’s something in my eyes
You know it happens every time
I think about the love that I thought would save me

But isn’t that the way they say it goes
Well let’s forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell ’em I’m fine, and to show
I’ve overcome the blow
I’ve learned to take it well
I only wish my words
Could just convince myself
That it just wasn’t real
But that’s not the way it feels
No, no, no, no
That’s not the way it feels

Operator, well let’s forget about this call
There’s no one there I really wanted to talk to
Thank you for your time
Ah, you’ve been so much more than kind
You can keep the dime

But isn’t that the way they say it goes
Well let’s forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell ’em I’m fine, and to show
I’ve overcome the blow
I’ve learned to take it well
I only wish my words
Could just convince myself
That it just wasn’t real
But that’s not the way it feels

Song Lyric Sunday

16 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday

  1. I grew up listening to Jim Croce, too – I still know so many of his songs by heart! This one is one of my favs – still makes me tear up sometimes ❤ Great post!

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  2. Wow, this song took me back too. 🙂 Such a tragedy that he died so young.

    I think it’s so great that your parents were willing to let you go and that your friend’s parents were willing to take you. It’s such a great experience for a young teenager to have. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  3. I love this song… how sad that this wonderful artist died in 1973… with more great songwriters who really make music for heart and soul and not only for the wallet our world of music would be much brighter today than it is with all that wrecking balls and beaver-kids :o(

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