Songs for Sovereign Professionals: Wichita Lineman

I know I need a small vacation

But, it don’t look like rain.

Even when you’re your own boss, it takes a major effort of planning to get time off when you want.

The great Glen Campbell was something of a sovereign professional. He was master of several trades and – I only learned from an obituary – started his career as a session guitarist and songwriter, playing on tracks by Elvis, Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Monkees and others.

He went on to become a solo artist, actor, TV presenter and more.

Wichita Lineman, however, was written by Jimmy Webb. It appeared on Campbell’s 1968 album of the same name.

Here are a couple of live versions, each with a tasty little guitar solo by Campbell: